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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Buttons are laid out at the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

The $10.5 million Draft Ben Carson PAC opens a N.H. office — it's 'just the beginning'

The same group that has already rounded up 23,000 volunteers for Ben Carson and raised $10.5 million for his potential White House campaign are upping their ante. The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, an independent political action committee formed to draft the retired neurosurgeon and author has opened a 1,700-square-foot "Draft Ben Carson for President Victory Center" in Manchester, New Hampshire. Published December 9, 2014

Illustration on the continuing burdens of Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A heathcare analyst speculates on Jonathan Gruber and Congress: Will he 'wiggle out?'

Will it be sedate and serious, an uncomfortable spell on the hot seat or news we can use? Many wonder what will be on the agenda when Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber appears before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to explain his comments about the "stupidity" of American voters, among many things. Published December 8, 2014

Rep. Darrell Issa will hear Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber explain away his "stupid voters" comment. (Associated Press)

Seven-out-of-10 Republicans still trust the police: Gallup poll

A complex Gallup poll finds that a hefty majority of Republicans have "a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in police": 69 percent of white Republicans and 67 percent of "nonwhite" Republicans back law enforcement — compared to 57 percent of Americans overall, 61 percent of all whites and 46 percent of all nonwhites. Published December 8, 2014

In discussing President Obama's recent comments on police brutality, radio talk show host Michael Savage said Mr. Obama should "ask himself how he could create trust and transparency" in the White House. (Associated Press)

Post-Ferguson: Michael Savage seeks out the White House 'transparency'

One observer of the ongoing debate over police brutality remains quizzical about the evolving public narrative, particularly the White House role. "If only President Obama would look in a mirror. He's calling for an investigation into Ferguson and similar incidents, but he should ask himself how he could create trust and transparency when it comes to his own behavior in the White House. Of course, he never asks himself such questions," declares talk radio host Michael Savage. Published December 7, 2014

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia may be a "Democratic Deerslayer," an outside-the-beltway Democrat with a family tradition of hunting. (Associated Press)

Libertarians insist government shutdown a 'phony'

Despite all the nervous rustling and aggressive banter on Capitol Hill, there is no pending "government shutdown," declares Libertarian National Committee chairman Nicholas Sarwark, who has considerable contempt for the term so beloved by the news media and politicians themselves. Published December 4, 2014

Marchers with a group called from Vashon, Washington, march along 6th Ave. during the People's Climate March in New York Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Climate activists offer to help out Ferguson protestors

Other activists have been watching the unfolding events in Ferguson and elsewhere. That includes the same organization behind the massive, gaudy, drum-thumping People’s Climate March that drew 400,000 protestors to the streets of New York in September, and in 150 cities overseas. The group did not disband after their big event, which included celebrities and Democratic lawmakers among its marchers. They want to repeat their performance in the near future, and perhaps offer their street theater and resources to Ferguson-inspired protestors. Published December 4, 2014

A recent cover from The New Republic

Media in rocky transition: 30 New Republic editors resign, next issue cancelled

There have been rumors of change and differences of philosophy for a month. Multiple news sources now report that Franklin Foer has resigned as editor of The New Republic on Thursday afternoon, to be replaced by Gabriel Snyder, a digital guru at Bloomberg Media who formerly worked for The Atlantic Wire and Gawker. Some reports frame the event as an "editorial shakeup" in the immediate aftermath. Published December 4, 2014

Rep. Trey Gowdy

75 percent of Republicans still skeptical about Benghazi

"Despite the congressional report that found no wrongdoing over Benghazi, many still believe that the Obama administration acted improperly," says Kathy Frankovic, an analyst with YouGov who is armed with the online pollster's latest survey numbers. "The report has not convinced many. There is still a lot of skepticism, especially among Republicans." Published December 3, 2014

Protesters hold up their hands while chanting "hands up don't shoot" outside Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks inside to members of the community during an interfaith service, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. Holder traveled to Atlanta to meet with law enforcement and community leaders for the first in a series of regional meetings around the country. The president asked Holder to set up the meetings in the wake of clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

'Hands up, don't shoot' named the most cited phrase in the world by language researchers

With the media's help, "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" has become the most cited phrase in the world according to the Global Language Monitor, a Texas-based research group that bases its judgment strictly on public usage, relying on specialized computer software to gauge how frequently the phrase appeared in 275,000 electronic and print news sources, plus social media worldwide. Published December 2, 2014

Under President Obama, the national debt crept up over $18 trillion. (Associated Press)

Ka-ching: The national debt tops $18 trillion

There was not a rumble, a tintinnabulation or even a few ka-chings when the national debt crept over $18 billion. The exact figure was $18,005,549,328,561. Oh, and 45 cents. Published December 2, 2014

Supporters of immigration reform attend a rally in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, thanking President Obama for his executive action on illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Mike McCaul takes on amnesty: 'We will see a wave of illegal immigration'

News, turmoil and political distractions are plenty these days. That has not dissuaded Rep. Mike McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, from calling a hearing Tuesday to focus on still unanswered questions surrounding President Obama's call for amnesty, and the hair-raising prospect of porous U.S. borders. There to testify about federal response and incoming policy changes: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Published December 1, 2014

Some of the several hundred demonstrators marching down M Street in Georgetown Saturday afternoon towards the key bridge. The protest focused on Michael Brown's death and the recent grand jury decision in Ferguson. during a Ferguson Protest in Georgetown, DC, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Erin Schaff)

Ferguson protesters lead Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' poll

End-of-year lists are upon us. President Obama has already been named to the world's "least influential" list by GQ magazine, and is a contender for Time magazine's 88th annual "Person of the Year" award, where he currently stands at No. 11, behind Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin and "Ebola doctors and nurses." Most popular at the moment? The "Ferguson protesters" are in first place in the competition with 10.7 percent of the vote. Published November 30, 2014

America's top-10 turkey leftovers - and where to get the recipes

Well, someone has to figure out what the heck Americans like to do with turkey in a post-Thanksgiving world. That job goes to the all-knowing National Turkey Federation, which charts both bird and industry with precision. Naturally, a reprise of the actual turkey dinner itself is the most popular, what with the siren call of hot turkey sandwiches bolstered with stuffing and gravy. That is, of course, unless Junior and Uncle Ralph didn't get to the turkey first. Published November 28, 2014

Eager shoppers walk around Christmas decorations at a shopping mall. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Retail fatigue as Black Friday drags on - and on and on

Shopping spawns peculiar culture. One-out-of-10 Americans actually shop while they're drunk, for one thing - or they're sleepless not in Seattle but in the mall. A new survey from RetailMeNot, an online discount coupon distributor, found the 12 percent of Americans are buying while bombed. Yes, they've had a few before wandering the aisles. Another 36 percent report they are sleep-deprived - while other have retail fatigue. Published November 27, 2014