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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

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FAO Schwarz, founded in 1862 by German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz in Baltimore, has reigned for decades as the premier retailer for unique toys and a pioneer of "entertainment retail," the idea that a store could be an experience for its customers.

Charity toy drive with heart set for Saturday at Hadeed's

The name "Hadeed" has been long associated with the meticulous care of fine rugs and carpets at a 70,000 square-foot facility in Virginia. The site takes on a new function on Saturday, however. Charity-minded owner Joe Hadeed has invited the public in to tour his big shop, and bring along a little something for children who could use cheer - and a sense that someone cares. Published November 13, 2014

Mike Huckabee advises Republicans that their biggest challenge is other Republicans, and calls for a moratorium on the term "RINO." (associated press)

Mike Huckabee gets suddenly presidential

In the past 24 hours, considerable press now suggests Mr. Huckabee is striking a presidential pose, especially now that he's off on a European tour accompanied by 100 pastors, with a new book due out in 10 weeks. Published November 12, 2014

Fans of Barry Goldwater will gather in the nation's capital on Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his 1964 campaign for president. (Associated Press/Agence France-Presse)

Republicans: Ditch that 'do nothing' image before the media reinvents it for you

Now hear this: The GOP must immediately fire up the engines, jettison old baggage and ride the post-midterm positivity wave. Some 53 percent of Americans now say they want Republicans in Congress to set the nation's course — compared to 36 percent who side with the White House and President Obama. So says a Gallup poll released Tuesday, which also bears a cautionary warning, "But after four years of partisan gridlock, most Americans are not optimistic that the election's outcome will improve things." Published November 11, 2014

FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo a state road plow kicks up a cloud of snow while clearing U.S. Highway 62 in Baxter County, Ark. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will hold a job fair on Nov. 14, citing the need to hire truck drivers, with winter approaching. (AP Photo/The Baxter Bulletin, Kevin Pieper, File)

Uh-oh: this is no polar vortex - it's a bombogenesis

Forget the polar vortex and snowmegeddon. The new preferred term of choice is bombogenesis - surely a great name for a band, but in reality, a sudden storm created at the enormous nexus of competing temperatures. Published November 11, 2014

Actor Jon Voight is fed up with President Obama's "executive privilege" and now hopes Americans will also voice some outrage. (Showtime)

Jon Voight: President Obama ‘must be stopped’

Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight has issued a grass-roots call to arms as the nation honors its military with heartfelt thanks and thoughtful appreciation. He is fed up with President Obama's "executive privilege" and urges Americans to voice some outrage. Published November 10, 2014

A flight medic with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, is hoisted into a medical helicopter with Luca, a Military Working Dog with 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division during a training exercise, Feb. 24, at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. The training prepared the flight medics for medical evacuation of working dogs. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Needham, 102nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

Heroic military war dogs get their own float in the nation's biggest Veteran's Day parade

No parade rest here. When the nation's largest Veterans Day parade gets rolling up Fifth Avenue in New York City on Tuesday, the warrior dogs will be a part of it. Six former military dogs who saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan will be aboard a special new float in the big parade - these are canines who sniffed out explosives as "improvised detection dogs" and are each credited with saving the lives of 200 soldiers. Published November 10, 2014

Actor Jon Voight says he is fed up with President Obama's "executive privilege," and hopes Americans will express some outrage too. (Showtime)

Jon Voight: President Obama 'must be stopped'

Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight has issued a call to arms as the nation honors their military with heartfelt thanks and thoughtful appreciation. He is fed up with President Obama's "executive privilege" and urges Americans to voice some outrage. Published November 10, 2014

Sixty-three percent of Americans believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place, a number that has nearly doubled since 2000. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

63 percent of Americans: Guns make a 'safer home'

"The percentage of Americans who believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be — 63 percent — has nearly doubled since 2000, when about one in three agreed with this," reports Justin McCarthy, a Gallup analyst. Published November 9, 2014

Mitt Romney appears before the inaugural Israeli American Council National Conference in Washington on Friday, Nov. 7. (Israeli American Council) ** FILE **

Mitt Romney 'stunned' and 'speechless' over President Obama's letter to Iran leader

Mitt Romney was in the nation's capital on Friday night, addressing an enthusiastic audience of Israeli Americans, and offering his own straightforward take on recent news that President Obama had sent a letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggesting he both sign a nuclear agreement and join a U.S.-led military effort against the Islamic State. "I was frankly stunned that the President of the United States would write a letter of that nature, in effect legitimizing a nation and a leadership which is violating international norms and is threatening the world," Mr. Romney said. Published November 8, 2014

Organizers of Portland's Hempstalk Festival have been told they can't hold the 2015 event on city property. (Associated Press)

Up in smoke: Less than a third of conservatives favor marijuana legalization

Not everyone has gotten aboard the marijuana happy train. "Legalizing marijuana remains a much easier task in certain places than others. Chiefly, in contrast to high levels of support among liberals and solid support among moderates, less than a third of conservative Americans think marijuana should be legal," says Gallup analyst Lydia Saad. Published November 8, 2014

Fox News reports Republican gains in the Senate in an empty White House briefing room as poll numbers begin to pour in on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Fox News wins the election night ratings race

Well, here's a sobering reality check. Even when politics reach a fever pitch, Americans still pine for crime - or amateur singers. But some stark overnight ratings from Nielsen reveal the ultimate audience winner of the night. Published November 5, 2014

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

Former Obama speechwriter to pen TV series about political 'civil war'

Something else besides an election happened on Election Day Eve. Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for both President Obama and Hillary Clinton, acknowledged that he will soon pen an entire dramatic series based on partisan discord and the collapse of political institutions for Showtime. Published November 4, 2014

Jennifer Laird photographs her "I Voted Today" sticker after casting her ballot on the first day of early voting, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 photo, in Miami. Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott is running against Democrat Charlie Crist in the gubernatorial election Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Voter beware: Poll booth 'selfies' illegal in some some states - and the ACLU has noticed

Is it better to just wear the cute little "I voted" tag - or take a "selfie" in the poll booth, complete with ballot? In New Hampshire, a newly updated law now prohibits voters from taking a digital image or photo of themselves holding a marked ballot, then sharing it via social media. It's means $1,000 fine for violators. Published November 3, 2014