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Jennifer Harper

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

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Inside the Beltway

A Public Religion Research Institute survey released in June found that six out of 10 Americans say elected officials should be held to a higher moral standard than everyone else. But financial sins are worse than the sexual variety, apparently. Published November 29, 2011

Republican National Committee
The Republican National Committee's official "Take Back the White House" Christmas tree ornament is among the holiday offerings at gopstore.com.

Inside the Beltway

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is more like Ronald Reagan than any of his rivals, according to a new survey of Republican voters in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire - an indicator that could reveal the power of nostalgia, not to mention the emotionally charged leanings of skittish conservatives. Published November 28, 2011

Fans who fondly recall CNBC analyst Rick Santelli's on-camera outburst in 2009 declaring the dawn of a "Chicago tea party" now want him to run for president. (draftsantelliforpresident2012.com)

Inside the Beltway

The hawkish charms and institutional knowledge of presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich are besting the perfect hair and stately mien of rival Mitt Romney among those alarmed by the edgy state of things. Published November 27, 2011

A sign is posted as a joke at an entrance to the Occupy Portland camp Oregon. Occupy protesters want shoppers to boycott door-buster sales at big-box stores on Black Friday. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Doubts about Mitt Romney's fitness for the White House disappear when skittish Republicans, conservatives and even evangelicals consider the alternative: another four years of President Obama and his evolving administration. Published November 24, 2011

Inside the Beltway

A reassuring 96 percent of Americans are still thankful for their lot in life, despite claims from moody pundits and much of the alarmist press that the U.S. has seen "better days," or words to that effect. Published November 23, 2011

Humorist Mark Twain observed, "No man's life, liberty or property is safe while Congress is in session."

Inside the Beltway

There's some tea party support brewing for Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent suggestion that Congress be retooled into a part-time gig for lawmakers who don't appear to earn their keep - a notion keenly amplified after the supercommittee's failure. Published November 22, 2011

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"December 1941" by historian Craig Shirley chronicles the emerging unity, guts and optimism in the U.S. in the month after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor almost 70 years ago.

Inside the Beltway

When in doubt, say, "Ronald Reagan." Published November 21, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is touting himself as "the only real Washington outsider in the race for the White House."

Inside the Beltway

There are limousine liberals, and now limousine Occupiers. Published November 20, 2011

Online retailer Zazzle.com offers a variety of campaign T-shirts supporting Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. (Photo courtesy Zazzle.com)

Inside the Beltway

The potent, promising allure of Iowa has drawn all the Republican hopefuls to a pair of significant events this weekend — all except roguish Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr., that is, who prefer New Hampshire. Published November 17, 2011

Inside the Beltway

First it was Texas. Gov. Rick Perry, then Herman Cain, who shot to giddy fame and then slumped in the polls after their imperfections were magnified in an unfriendly media marketplace. But alas. Now it's Newt Gingrich's turn, some insist. Published November 16, 2011

The Amazing Kreskin, a mentalist, has offered to meet with Herman Cain and the women accusing him of sexual misconduct so he can guess who is telling the truth.

Inside the Beltway

The Amazing Kreskin, a longtime mentalist, contends that the women who recently accused Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain of sexual harassment should consider taking a polygraph test, as Mr. Cain has offered to do. Published November 15, 2011

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Inside the Beltway

Memo to the supercommittee: Get it done in the next week, or else. Published November 14, 2011

A spokesman for presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann said "liberal mainstream media elites" are trying to suppress the conservative message of the Minnesota Republican. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Fireworks and accusations follow the 10th presidential debate hosted by CBS News and the National Journal, even though the Republican candidates went for the gravitas and steely polish Saturday night. Published November 13, 2011

Inside the Beltway

The presidential debates are Mitt Romney-centric: He gets more time on camera than any other candidate, offering some quantifiable proof that, indeed, Mr. Romney is the "inevitable" candidate - the mainstream media's preferred choice for Republican nominee. Published November 10, 2011

Will Portal, of Suffolk County, N.Y., expresses his views Wednesday at the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York. Global Language Monitor has selected "occupy" as its "top word of 2011."
Associated Press

Inside the Beltway

The Occupy Wall Street crowd appears to have made a lasting cultural mark: The Global Language Monitor has announced that "Occupy" is the "top word of 2011," based on the number of times it was cited in about 75,000 print and electronic news sources in the past year. Published November 9, 2011

An inadvertent "open mic" night caught French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama disparaging their Israeli counterpart. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

It is a revealing and possibly damning bit of presidential carelessness: That would be President Obama's "open mic" mishap with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Published November 8, 2011

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has axed the "holiday tree" this year in favor of "the Christmas tree displayed in our state capitol."

Inside the Beltway

The "Cain media" was essentially all over the map following the press conference of Sharon Bialek, presidential hopeful Herman Cain's blonde accuser, and her attorney Gloria Allred. Published November 7, 2011

FILE - In this June 24, 2011 file photo Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks in Jacksonville, Fla. Twitter is abuzz with presidential candidates this year, though not all in the Twittersphere are equal. (AP Photo/Rick Wilson, File)

Inside the Beltway

The next Republican debate looms Thursday, with 14 more to follow in the next three months. Published November 6, 2011

Health Care for America Now and 11 other progressive groups hope to disrupt Americans for Prosperity's "Defending the American Dream Summit" with "Occupy the Kochs' Guerrilla Drive-In" - an outdoor film festival staged just outside the event. (Health Care for America Now)

Inside the Beltway

Those quarterback sacks, the excruciating tackles: Republicans are apparently more appreciative of NFL "violence" than Democrats. There's a partisan divide even when it comes to football, says a new Poll Position survey of 1,032 voters revealing that GOPers actually favor the rough stuff more than other respondents in multiple demographic categories. A quarter of all Americans say that professional football is "too violent," compared to 21 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of Democrats. Published November 3, 2011

Inside the Beltway

The toxic press continues to dwell on sexual-harassment charges against presidential hopeful Herman Cain, to the point that one CBS story erroneously reported he had been accused of "sexual assault," says Matthew Balan, an analyst with the watchdog site Newsbusters. Published November 2, 2011