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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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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has campaigned for his preferred GOP presidential hopeful this week in Iowa, whose caucuses are set for Jan. 3. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

The Iowa caucuses are a mere 600 hours away — give or take few minutes — a fact that weighs heavily on a half-dozen Republican presidential hopefuls as they meet Saturday night for debate No. 14 in Des Moines. Published December 8, 2011

** FILE ** Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Forum, hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

"I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." - Rick Perry Published December 7, 2011

** FILE ** In this Dec. 1, 2011, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a meeting with employees at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Inside the Beltway

Newt Gingrich rules the Republican presidential pantheon for now, leading archrival Mitt Romney 37 percent to 22 percent in a new Gallup poll of GOP voters, with all other candidates foundering in single digits. Published December 6, 2011

Wichita, Kan., Mayor Carl Brewer (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

One spectacle ends, another always follows on the Republican campaign trail: now let the Trump-bashing begin. Billionaire, reality-TV star, talking head and perennial presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to vex those who say his persistent presence in serious politics could gum up the Grand Old Party. Published December 5, 2011

The president will travel Tuesday to Osawatomie, Kan., where in August 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave a famous speech 17 months after leaving the White House. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

To Trump, or not to Trump: indeed, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich huddles with billionaire Donald Trump in Manhattan for a time on Monday, a stop made by most of his rivals in months past. Mr. Trump himself has emerged as the newest Republican kingmaker, emerging as moderator for a newly minted debate hosted by Newsmax in Iowa at month's end that may or may not include the phrases "you're fired" or "I'm declaring my candidacy for president." Published December 4, 2011

Mike Huckabee promises "no 'gotcha' stuff" when he hosts a live forum Saturday night for six of the Republican presidential candidates. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

It's politics, perhaps, around the proverbial cracker barrel: Mike Huckabee intends to retool the presidential debates in his own fashion when he stages a live forum on Fox News for six of the Republican hopefuls on Saturday night. Published December 1, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Indeed, the official Christmas theme at the White House this year is the cozy but generic "Shine, Give, Share," but never fear, there is still a nativity scene among the many decorations, a spokesman tells Inside the Beltway. Published November 30, 2011

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

Chelsea Clinton

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