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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

To read Jennifer Harper's Inside the Beltway columns, click here. Contact her at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jennifer Harper

This Jan. 23, 2013 shows then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifying on Capitol Hill on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Here comes Benghazi, The Investigation

The 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is nine days off, bringing a certain disquiet to the nation, along with newly realized resolve. Recent polls consistently reveal a public that is more hawk than dove; Americans approve of airstrikes against Islamic State fighters, while majorities say the Obama administration's approach to the challenge is not aggressive enough. Published September 1, 2014

"One Generation Away, a feature-length documentary, explores the erosion of religious freedom in America - and debuted in a church. (Image from EchoLight Studios)

Rick Santorum by-passes Hollywood and debuts his feature-length movie in a church

He continues to appear on presidential straw polls. Now he is taking on politically correct culture and the bullies of the public realm. That would be Rick Santorum, CEO of the independent EchoLight Studios, which have already produced significant films that support faith and family values. Like Glenn Beck, Mr. Santorum has joined a growing group of feisty media folk who are bypassing Hollywood, and heading straight for the grassroots with their work. Religious freedom is at stake here, he says. And commercial theaters are an afterthought. Published August 29, 2014

** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and his former vice presidential running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive for a dinner at the Union Club on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Chicago. Ryan is on tour to promote the book as he weighs a presidential campaign of his own. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Could Mitt Mania lead to Ryan Renaissance?

Mitt Mania continues, with potential: The public rediscovery of Mitt Romney may evolve into a renaissance for Rep. Paul Ryan if time and circumstance are right. But for now, Iowa loves Mr. Romney more than any other Republican: In a field of 14 potential GOP presidential candidates, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday find him in the very far lead. Published August 28, 2014

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. President Barack Obama’s acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president will meet with his top advisers and consult members of Congress to prepare U.S. military options. At the same time, he is looking for allies around the world to help the U.S. root out the Islamic State group that has seized large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

What time of crisis? Three White House fundraisers this weekend

President Obama journeys to the well-heeled countryside of Westchester County, New York, on Friday to attend a pair of "Barbecue with Barack" events for the Democratic National Committee — one quite a substantial party, the other a more intimate "roundtable" affair. Published August 28, 2014

Virginia-based National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee billboards in Des Moines, Iowa, and Baltimore urge the retired pediatric neurosurgeon to make a bid for the White House in 2016.

Ben Carson wins presidential straw poll, wows 'em in Iowa

Well, there you go. Dr. Ben Carson had a heartland victory with a "whopping" 62 percent of the vote in a presidential straw poll conducted at the Polk County Republican Party Dinner on Sunday night, which took place in Des Moines but drew attendees from as far away as Minneapolis, who were anxious to yell "Run, Ben, Run" and witness the good doctor's stirring speech. Published August 27, 2014

Paul Ryan's Reagan moment

Paul Ryan is currently touring the nation with his new book "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea" —and now reminding the public of his significant political pedigree. Published August 26, 2014

Incoming "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd said the job of political reporting is to "demystify Washington" and to translate the public's frustrations with politics. (Associated Press)

End of an era? 'Coffeehouse' conversation comes to 'Meet the Press'

NBC's "Meet the Press" is a historic broadcast entity no matter who's hosting it. The show has been on the air for 57 years, is the longest running TV series in history and has ensured the appeal of talking heads remained a given in American culture. Published August 25, 2014

A woman smokes a joint at the Fill the Hill marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Justin Tang)

Leery of weed: Public still not keen on recreational marijuana legalization

Pot vending machines, cannibis-centered news organizations, weed-friendly party planners - the culture of marijuana legalization increases every week. But the public may not be keeping up. Voters in yet another state are confronting the complicated reality of legalization, both pro and con. Published August 25, 2014

Just as you suspected: Study proves dogs get jealous too

Yes, dogs get jealous. Dog owners, and even Darwin, have observed this emotionally charged phenomenon among pooches over time. Now a University of California at San Diego study confirms that canines also are affected by the complicated, possessive scenario - the first research to do so. Published August 25, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, despite his earlier troubles this week, has been on a roll, with the media hot on his trail. (Associated Press)

Rick Perry continues his presidential saga with gusto

In less than 48 hours he's gone from a Lone Star jail to the nation's capital to the voter-centric land of New Hampshire, all the while with the news media herd trailing behind him, mooing. Texas Gov. Rick Perry arrives in the Granite State at high noon Friday, when he assumes the starring role in not one but six consecutive political events. Published August 21, 2014

Phone image from Associated Press

Ready for the Stress-Phone? It monitors body functions...

The inventor has received $3 million from the National Science Foundation to perfect smart phones that are smart enough and connected enough to actually monitor the human body. That would be Cornell University engineering professor David Erickson, who will head a multidisciplinary team of investigators who intend to develop devices with specific diagnostics. Published August 20, 2014

Romney and Ryan, together again? Fox News host Megyn Kelly will anchor a joint interview with Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan. (Associated PRess)

'Born again voters' warm to Romney

'Some emerging Republican sentiment about a certain governor would not much surprise the Utah-based "Draft Mitt" grass-roots effort. A new poll of likely GOP primary voters from Zogby Analytics shows Mitt Romney outpolling and outdistancing his nearest rivals for the nomination by a two-to-one margin. Published August 20, 2014

James M. Evans, chairman of the Utah Republican Party and the pointman behind DraftMitt.org, says the site is part of a national discussion about an improved, better America under a Romney administration. (Associated Press)

Romney's route could still lead to a ballot

He just looks presidential, all confident and centered amid national turmoil, ramped up by incessant media coverage. Yeah, well. That's the Mitt Romney brand. He appears in public as a consistently reassuring presence, campaigning for assorted Republican hopefuls with ease, cheerfulness and focus. Published August 19, 2014

** FILE ** Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. (Associated Press)

Ferguson becomes major media magnet

From President Obama to news officials, everyone agrees that freedom of the press is essential in Ferguson, Missouri — particularly after journalists were arrested, prompting American Society of News Editors President David Boardman to predict, "For every reporter they arrest, every image they block, every citizen they censor, another will still write, photograph and speak." Published August 18, 2014

Candy hearts with clear messages (Image from Associated Press)

Catcalls annoy and offend - but do they warrant arrest?

Americans agree that the street corner practice of catcalling is bad, and a harassment. Then there's the nature of the offense. "Should the police give tickets or even arrest people who make catcalls?" a poll asks. Published August 18, 2014