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Jennifer Harper

To read Jennifer Harper's Inside the Beltway columns, click here. Contact her at [email protected].

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A new Rasmussen Reports survey says that nearly 60 percent of voters predict that the Republican Party will lose control of Congress next year. (Associated Press)

A reason for Republicans to unify: 59% of voters now predict the GOP will lose 2018

Here comes the cautionary tale. The Republican Party controls the House, the Senate and the White House — a promising phenomenon which would suggest the Grand Old Party is industrious, optimistic and united. Wrong. American voters are under the distinct impression that Republicans are losers despite their winning status. Published November 16, 2017

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise cites dozens of manufacturers, retailers and interest groups which "strongly support" Republican tax reform, otherwise known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Feisty support emerges for GOP tax reform

The dreaded floor vote looms over Capitol Hill on Thursday. The House will signal yea or nay on Republican tax reform, accompanied by much handwringing from Democrats, who treat the vote like a fearful spectacle - though many supported key components of the bill in a previous era. Much of the news media refuses to frame the legislation as positive or productive, embracing the standard narrative that the bill favors the rich and hurts the poor - or words to that effect. Published November 15, 2017

A new study comparing broadcast coverage of Roy Moore and Sen. Bob Menendez finds Mr. Moore garnering 40-times more coverage than the Democratic lawmaker, who faces corruption charges. (Associated Press)

Shocker! Roy Moore gets 40 times more coverage than Bob Menendez

The news media has provided intensive coverage of the ongoing woes of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, and the coverage often showcases melodrama, speculation and sensationalism. Reporters and anchors, in fact, frequently repeat the same "damning accusations" and key phrases against Mr. Moore says Rich Noyes, research director of the Media Research Center, a conservative press watchdog now monitoring the news about Mr. Moore produced by the "Big Three" broadcast networks. Published November 14, 2017

Fox News anchorman Chris Wallace at the podium after receiving the Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism from the International Center for Journalism. (International Center for Journalism) (International center for journalism)

Chris Wallace: Trump is right about 'media unfairness'

Fox News anchorman Chris Wallace recently received the Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism from the International Center for Journalism, a 33-year-old organization based in the nation's capital which promotes better news media practices. Mr. Wallace's award was a big deal. So were his closing remarks, made before an audience of 600 people, at an event moderated by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. Published November 12, 2017

President Trump and first lady in Beijing this week, midway in a five-country trip through Asia. Yes, Mr. Trump has continued to tweet throughout their travels. An organization recently analyzed his tweets. (Associated Press)

World 'transfixed': Each Trump tweet gets an average 98,000 likes says new study

President Trump often bypasses the irate news media with his tweets, pushing back against hostile press narratives that overlook such positive nuggets as this: 82 percent of those who voted for him back in 2016 would do so again, according to a tidy new Politico poll. Mr. Trump maintains a conversational tone to his Twitter missives; he appears accessible, unapologetic and in good humor to his fans. And there are many. The president currently has 42.3 million followers and has tweeted over 36,000 times. Published November 9, 2017

A new biography of former White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon arriving Monday details his life, influence and "conservative populism." (Associated Press)

Steve Bannon, the book

The press has been fascinated with Stephen K. Bannon for years, penning both fancy prose and damning reviews of the former White House adviser, political strategist, film producer, media kingpin, talk radio host, scholar and combat veteran. Mr. Bannon is many things. He has drawn lots of news coverage -- much of it uneven, speculative and tinctured with venom from journalists who are disenchanted by President Trump. Yeah, well. Published November 8, 2017

The DMV Knights, made up of five- and six-year old players from the District and Laryland, are undefeated and now have qualified to compete in the United Youth Football League's national championship next month. (Eboni Brown)

Undefeated D.C. football team needs $10k for trip to national championship

They are five and six years old, focused on football, and bound by their motto "It's okay if you try and fail, but it's not okay if you fail to try." Now the undefeated DMV Jr. Knights are putting that gridiron grit to work online, raising money to get to the national championship game in Florida. Published November 8, 2017

FILE - In this June 9, 2017 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speakson Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

CNN poll: Views of Democratic Party hit lowest level in 25 years

"Favorable views of the Democratic Party have dropped to their lowest mark in more than a quarter century of polling, according to new numbers from a CNN poll," reported Ryan Struyk, a data reporter for the cable news network, which released the findings on Tuesday. Published November 7, 2017

What once was: Donna Brazile brandishes a Hillary Clinton campaign sign at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, 16 months before the publication of her new book "Hacked." It comes out Tuesday. (Associated Press)

'The Clintons are done in politics'

On Tuesday, the rest of America can get their own copy of Donna Brazile's 288-page tell-all book when it is released by Hachette Books. Excerpts from "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House" already have blasted the political landscape, leaving several large craters and plenty of pockmarks. Published November 6, 2017

Supporters watch the election results on a larger television monitor during Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally in the Jacob Javits Center glass enclosed lobby in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Press stress: Psychologists say the news media prompts serious anxiety

Americans pine to be well informed. But there's a price to pay. New research from the American Psychological Association finds that majorities of the chronically over-informed public are stressed — "experiencing anxiety, anger and fatigue" — and the news media plays a role in it. Even tracking the news itself is a stressful event for the majority of the public, the study found. Published November 5, 2017

"You guys seem completely obsessed with this," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the press on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

The Mueller media marathon persists, with Trump in the starring role

The news media is mired in Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation in the Russian collusion matter, prompting critics to suggest it's not only lazy journalism, but built on a selective set of partisan talking points. In a few choice words, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders summarized the press' fixation on the combination of Russia, the 2016 election and President Trump — at the expense of all else. Published November 1, 2017

Progressive Future, a California-based nonprofit, has conducted an "unflinching" autopsy of Democratic Party failures, offering remedies in time for the 2018 and 2020 elections. (Progressive Future)

Dismal Democrats conduct their first autopsy

The mainstream news media is obsessed with any story that suggests President Trump is squabbling with establishment Republicans or failing to improve the nation despite solid evidence proving otherwise. That we know. Published October 31, 2017

Finesse: Trump still knows his voters

President Trump is honing his prowess as a statesman, policy wrangler and defender of the nation. Despite months of partisan challenges, Mr. Trump has not lost his heartfelt and authentic respect for everyday Americans; he knows what resonates with them, and he has the showbiz sensibility to reach a wide audience. The president has not lost touch with his public, and it plays in his favor. Published October 30, 2017