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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Image of a patriotic American worker from the National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Manufacturers CEO hits road to promote American exceptionalism

Some uplifting business news for a change? Applause for American know-how? Yes, indeed. National Association of Manufacturers president and CEO Jay Timmons has begun a nationwide tour that actually lauds and supports the idea of American exceptionalism. Beginning with Indianapolis, he'll visit 10 major manufacturing hubs in the next three weeks. Published February 3, 2015

President Obama's 2,000-page, $4 trillion budget may not resonate with America's frugal voters. (Associated press)

Now's the time to remember that old bumper sticker: 'Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion'

Like the old bumper sticker says, "Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion." Indeed. Perhaps the White House is under the impression that all American voters will rejoice over President Obama's brand new, 2,000-page budget that includes $4 trillion in spending. That is not necessarily the case. Voters appear to be a frugal bunch. Yes, there are numbers. Published February 2, 2015

Rep. Ron DeSantis, Florida Republican. (Associated Press)

No more 'ruling class culture': New legislation would jettison pensions for Congress

It is part of reforming the nation's capital, says Rep. Ron DeSantis. The Florida Republican has introduced the "End Pensions in Congress Act," legislation that would end pensions for all future lawmakers and those not yet vested into the congressional retirement plan. "The Founding Fathers envisioned elected officials as part of a servant class, yet Washington has evolved into a ruling class culture," says Mr. DeSantis. Published February 2, 2015

A Boston Globe article about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, that in part details his high school days, has spun off raucous headlines from other news organizations which frame him as a troubled, pot-smoking bully during his time at Phillips Academy. (Associated Press)

Inevitable: Jeb Bush inherits Mitt Romney's media coverage

A new Boston Globe profile of Jeb Bush which chronicles his school years has spun off raucous headlines from other news organizations which frame the presidential hopeful as a troubled, pot-smoking bully during his time at Phillips Academy. Published February 1, 2015

In this photo taken with a slow shutter speed, the Lombardi Trophy sits behind two helmets before a joint coaches news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Unprecedented security: Even Super Bowl officials took 'active shooter preparedness' training

Unprecedented security measures for the Super Bowl have earned much attention from the press this week, augmented by plenty of outreach from the Department of Homeland Security about strategic safety measures that will be in place in Phoenix on Sunday. They are prepared. So are the organizers. The federal agency says itd National Protection and Programs Directorate "conducted an active shooter preparedness workshop, training 150 participants, including members of the Super Bowl Planning Committee." Published January 30, 2015

Once free-loving hippies, 44 percent of baby boomers now say they are conservative; a third describe themselves as moderates, and 21 percent are liberal. (Associated Press)

Gallup says Baby Boomers have turned conservative: This is a 76.4 million-member voting bloc

The hippies of yore would never believe it. A jumbo-sized Gallup poll now reveals that baby boomers — who once espoused free love, flower power and took to the streets to protest most anything — now constitute a conservative stronghold. Among those born between 1946 and 1964, a sizable 44 percent say they are conservative; a third describe themselves as moderates, and 21 percent are liberal. In comparison, 38 percent of Americans overall are conservative, 36 percent are moderates and a quarter are liberals. Published January 29, 2015

Air Force One over Mount Rushmore. (U.S.  Air Force photo)

Analysts track Air Force One to reveal White House itinerary: $6.8 million flight to India

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation continues to update its ongoing Presidential Travel Study that tallies the cost of President Obama's journeys aboard the magnificent but pricey Air Force One. The president's trip to India and Saudi Arabia brings his grand total to 38 trips to 85 nations — or 150 days spent abroad, the watchdog group says. This particular trip cost tax payers $6.8 million, incidentally, based on the $228,288 per hour price of operating the aircraft. In comparison, former President Bill Clinton made 34 trips to 86 countries, and spent 158 days abroad at this same point in his presidency, while George W. Bush went on 36 visits to 93 countries, for a total of 143 days abroad, also in the same relative time frame. Published January 28, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, wife Tonette and their two sons, Matt and Alex, are all Harley Davidson fans. (Office of Gov. Scott Walker)

Scott Walker: He takes his family with him

Our American Revival: The title suggests camaraderie, patriotism and purpose. It is also the name of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's new political action committee, launched Tuesday and raising the volume on rumors he would run for president in 2016. Well, sure. Mr. Walker has been delicately developing his political brand, starting with "Unintimidated: A Governor's story and a Nation's Challenge," his 2013 memoir. The son of a pastor and an Eagle Scout, Mr. Walker has a lot of heartland in his soul. Published January 28, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, wife Tonette and their two sons, Matt and Alex, are all Harley Davidson fans. (Office of Gov. Scott Walker)

Scott Walker flexes muscles, forms American Revival PAC

Our American Revival: The title suggests camaraderie, patriotism and purpose. It is also the name of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's new political action committee, launched Tuesday and raising the volume on rumors he would run for president in 2016. Well, sure. Mr. Walker has been delicately developing his political brand, starting with "Unintimidated: A Governor's story and a Nation's Challenge," his 2013 memoir. But it's a very crowded marketplace, and memoirs plus PACs are very much a part of the equation. Published January 27, 2015

A New York snow scene following a major blizzard..  (AP Photo/The Syracuse Newspapers, David Lassman)

The Manhattan snow storm: A rush of 'blizzard buddies' - and the Great Kale Panic of '15

Only in New York, perhaps? As snow falls and gale force winds howl down city streets, some residents of the Big Apple now seek "blizzard buddies." That's right. They don't want to face Winter Storm Juno alone. Scores of romance-minded New Yorkers have taken to Craigslist with unapologetic invitations for companionship, amour and cocoa - among many other things. Published January 26, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes a question about the "epic" incoming snowstorm, with help from Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and other officials. (associated press)

Brent Bozell: Broadcast networks ignored March for Life - and prefer hipsters to pro-lifers

The march for what? Nineteen pro-life organizations and the Media Research Center have joined together to call out the "Big Three" broadcast networks for essentially ignoring the Annual March for Life, which drew thousands of participants, four lawmakers and a host of significant activists to the National Mall last week. CBS was the sole broadcaster that acknowledged the event in a single 15-second segment. NBC and ABC were mum. Published January 26, 2015

"Intelligent' computer keyboard can identify users by the pattern of their key taps. (American Chemical Society)

True cybersecurity: 'Intelligent' computer keyboard identifies users by pattern of their key taps

Protective computer passwords have some competition. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a novel intelligent computer keyboard that not only cleans itself - but can identify users by the pattern and style of their fingertips and keystrokes. The "human-machine interfacing" device, reported in the American Chemical Society's academic journal "Nano," could provide a foolproof way to prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers. Published January 24, 2015

Image from the Public Religion Research Institute

53 percent of Americans say God rewards 'athletes of faith' with good health, success on the field

Sunday is often associated with both church and devoted football watching. Now there's an intersection of the two: 53 percent of Americans and 56 percent of sports fans say "that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success on the playing field." So says a new survey of public sentiment about sports and religion conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and the Religion News Service. Published January 24, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attends a gathering to announce that Seton Hall University and the parent company of Hackensack University Medical Center are planning to build a private medical school, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Nutley, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Chris Christie on 'last-ditch effort' to regain his mystique, says New Jersey analyst

He was once intensely popular, and his signature style wooed the media and voters both in and out of his home state. Those who watch him closely think New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is about to lose his mojo. "It's been fascinating to see the Christie strategy unfold over the past two years. It's been a bit like watching a ping pong match," says one New Jersey pollster Published January 23, 2015

Panoramic photo composite of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, September 18, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

68 percent of Americans oppose use of tax dollars to provide abortions: Poll

The Republican Party appears to have the jitters over pro-life legislation for complicated reasons. The public, meanwhile, has their own conclusions about abortion according to a new poll titled "Abortion in America," conducted by Marist College and the Knights of Columbus. Published January 22, 2015