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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Hello, Main Street. New research from Gallup finds that Americans reject socialism in favor of capitalism, small business and entrepreneurship. (Associated Press)

Sorry Bernie: Just 39% of Americans approve of socialism, says Gallup poll

Advocates of socialism such as Sen. Bernard Sanders continue to present their case to the American people. Trouble is, the American people are not buying the claims made by the self-described democratic socialist from Vermont. The public instead offers hearty accolades for capitalism and traditional Main Street business according to a new Gallup poll. Published November 19, 2019

The Ghost Fleet of the Potomac is one of a dozen sites now listed as the nation's "biggest preservation wins" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (Charles County Maryland)

Good news for the Ghost Fleet

It is a fascinating, somewhat eerie stretch of water just 40 miles south of the nation's capital. That would be the historic Ghost Fleet of the Potomac, home to 200 wrecks which have stood like sentinels for decades in the shallows, their hulls clearly visible just below the water's surface -- many bristling with the huge, peg-topped rusty nails of another era. Larger corroding hulks still stand above water level. These boats were towed there decades ago; some were sunk, others burned -- ultimately creating a graveyard that covers 14 square miles. Published November 18, 2019

The art of the impeachment deal

When President Trump pushes back against the impeachment hearings, millions of his fans are delighted with his rapid response — delivered while he tends the vital business of the White House and his 2020 reelection campaign. However, the Democrats also are ramping up their aggression — now deploying strategic, carefully researched descriptors to convince Americans that wrongdoing has occurred. Published November 17, 2019

Some 56% of Americans disapprove of the job that Congress is doing, according to a new poll from The Economist and YouGov.
Demonstrators kneel near large banners on the lawn adjacent to the U.S. Capitol, while a top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, and career Foreign Service officer George Kent, testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The greatest peril of all: A divided GOP

The old phrase "united we stand, divided we fall" now applies to Republicans. We already know that Democrats and Republicans agree on very little, and that's that. The impeachment proceedings, however, are prompting division within the GOP rather than inspiring a united front against an unprecedented challenge. Published November 14, 2019

A new poll reveals that 79% of voters say President Trump will not resign from office due to the impeachment process now underway. (Associated Press)

No way: 79% of voters say Trump will not resign

Some partisan analysts pine for President Trump to conveniently resign from office as a result of the impeachment proceedings now underway. After all, the learned folks reason, that is what President Richard M. Nixon did on Aug. 8, 1974, offering a 16-minute resignation speech on live TV from the Oval Office. Published November 13, 2019

Evangelist Franklin Graham calls impeachment hearing 'a day of shame for America'

Evangelist Franklin Graham has repeatedly asked the public to pray for Mr. Trump before the 2016 election. The pastor again called for prayer earlier this month as the threat of impeachment loomed against the president. Mr. Graham now has issued both a judgment call and another plea for prayer. He remains straightforward about impeachment hearings that opened Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Published November 13, 2019

A new Axios poll finds that 70% of Democrats now feel rage and estrangement, their negative emotions driven by politics. (AP Photo)

Era of rage: Politics 'driving Democrats mad,' says Axios poll

The 2020 election appears to be affecting the emotions of one party in particular. "Politics are driving Democrats mad. More than 70% of Democrats say politics is making them increasingly angry about America, leaving them feeling like strangers in their own land," says an Axios on HBO poll released Monday. Published November 13, 2019

Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House impeachment hearings will draw intense scrutiny from a hungry media on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Gavel to gavel frenzy: News media obsessed with Trump impeachment

Opening day of the impeachment hearings might as well be a Hollywood premiere, compete with red carpet, questionable fashions and non-stop hysterical commentary. Buckle up. The long-awaited public probe begins Wednesday on Capitol Hill under gavel-to-gavel scrutiny by every imaginable news organization in the broadcast, print or digital realm. Their appetites appear whetted for some climatic moment which will damn the Trump administration once and for all. Published November 12, 2019

Yet another book on the Mueller Report is about to arrive from The Washington Post, this one featuring comic-book style illustrations. (Scribner Books)

Seriously? Mueller report now a graphic novel

There's never a dull moment where the endless investigation of President Trump and the 2016 election is concerned. Publishers Weekly reports that mega-publisher Scribner and The Washington Post have teamed up to create a graphic version of the official Mueller report, complete with all the signature illustrations and terse dialogue of that popular genre. Published November 11, 2019

The American people as well as President Trump have high regard for military veterans. Two-thirds of Americans say they look up to veterans. (Associated Press)

Americans look up to veterans, praise their discipline and patriotism

The nation still reveres its military veterans, and in no under certain terms. Two-thirds of Americans say they look up to those who have served - and an equal number say that veterans themselves are more disciplined and patriotic than the rest of us. So says a comprehensive Pew Research Center that delves into the particulars. Published November 10, 2019

Conan, the combat canine, began training as a pup with the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. (Defense Department) ** FILE **

Hero dog Conan: The combat athlete

What a heritage, what a pedigree. Conan, the Belgian Malinois who recently cornered ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emerged as a combat canine from the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, which has prepared the pups for such a mission since the 1960s. Published November 7, 2019

Happy fans greet President Trump at a recent campaign rally. One analyst has said that Mr. Trump's fans won't be swayed by anything. (Associated Press)

Unwavering: Nothing sways Trump voters

A surprise demographic emerged in the 2016 election, and that was the 65 million people who marched to the polls and voted for President Trump, to the surprise of many flabbergasted analysts and pollsters. Like flyover country, this demographic had been overlooked and underestimated at the time. But more importantly, they have not gone way, and neither has their enthusiasm. Published November 6, 2019

President Trump has high approval ratings among military veterans. Among Republican veterans, that approval rating is 92%. (Associated Press)

Big voting bloc: Military vets view Trump as the master commander

Military veterans have consistently positive sentiments about President Trump — a dynamic factor that could come into play in the 2020 election. Indeed, military vets make up 13% of the entire voting population according to a recent New York Times analysis which, uh, focused on the Democratic Party's failure to connect with this demographic. The vets feel pretty good about Mr. Trump. Published November 5, 2019

Some Republican organizations are determined to flip blue states, like New Jersey, to red for President Trump's reelection effort in 2020. (Associated Press)

Tutorial: How to flip a state from blue to red

Many local elections are on the radar Tuesday: Determined Republicans wonder if they can somehow flip their state - or their county or city - from blue to red, Democrat to GOP. Published November 4, 2019

Anonymous sources are dominating broadcast coverage of the impeachment inquiry, according to a conservative press watchdog. (Associated Press)

In age of impeachment, anonymous sources become broadcast stars

So are you weary of impeachment mysteries yet — all that breathless reporting from wide-eyed correspondents quoting anonymous sources who are "familiar" with the situation at hand. The unknown authorities are now a fixture of broadcast news coverage as the impeachment inquiry against President Trump picks up speed and races towards the desirable conclusions of certain lawmakers and government officials. Published October 31, 2019