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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Inside Politics Weekend: Dreamocrats

From our oh-for-Gawd's-sake department, the New York Times recently reported that women are already nurturing crushes on poor President Obama — as in, they're fantasizing about him in a no-no way, though the Times framed this phenomenon in much more lascivious terms. Published February 15, 2009

Do pennies still make sense?

The Abraham Lincoln brand is in fine fettle these days, bolstered by presidential admiration and civic pride among towns claiming a link to the Lincoln pedigree. Published February 13, 2009

Press corps fractures as news bureaus wane

The Washington press corps is no longer a homogeneous gaggle of mainstream media reporters. It has become a hybrid coalition of unrelated tribes that ultimately could shortchange the American public in favor of special interests. Published February 12, 2009

Press bearish, Obama still draws public

His first televised prime-time press conference drew 50 million viewers. He's chummy with Katie Couric, gets glib at town hall meetings, casts benign favor on bloggers and one day, perhaps, he'll have a beer with Sean Hannity. Published February 11, 2009

Many Americans vexed by spelling

The nation is not letter perfect. Americans may be embarassed, even. Make that "embarrassed" - it's among the common words that vex the spell-challenged in an age of spell check. Published February 10, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: Call to order

Just so you can keep track of everything, we now provide a handy-dandy guide to the latest cultural embellishments on the Office of the President of the United States. Published February 8, 2009

One-ton, 43-ft. snake roamed Earth

It was as big as a bus, weighed a ton, swallowed crocodiles like hors d'oeuvres and was as mean as a snake. Wait. It was a snake -- the biggest snake that ever slithered the Earth -- or so its 60-million-year-old remains would indicated. Published February 5, 2009

'Octo-Mom' gives birth to fertility ethics debate

Mega-birth is no simple matter. The fertility-enhanced birth of octuplets to an unmarried mother with six other children has forced Americans to wrestle with questionable celebrity. Published February 4, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: Nerves of Steele

He's chairman of GOPAC, a Republican National Committee heavy — and Michael S. Steele is ready to rumble, ready to provide a rallying point for GOPers who meekly peer at the new Obama-world around them. Published February 1, 2009

Super Bowl can lead to odd injuries

They choke. They sprain something. They forget to visit the restroom or attempt to open a beer bottle - with their teeth. Published January 27, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: Day by day

Lofty observers are now applying the same historic standard to the two opposing circumstances of President Obama and former President George W. Bush: "Only time will tell." Published January 25, 2009

Still kicking: Dictators make rounds

They're tanned, they're fit -- well, they're upright, anyway. A pair of world leaders resurfaced on Friday just in time for a post-inaugural audience and a new administration in Washington. Published January 24, 2009