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Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders greets his fans at a recent election rally in New Hampshire. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Bernie Sanders is starting to frighten Democratic leadership

It is a nightmare scenario for the Democratic leadership. A significant poll now reveals that Democratic voters are enthusiastically embracing Sen. Bernard Sanders' feel-good populist pitch and skipping all the socialism scare fare from his critics. Perhaps Sanders voters pine to feel the same joy and exuberance that Trump voters felt back in 2016. Perhaps not. Published February 24, 2020

Indian folk dancers rehearse before a billboard featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump. (Associated Press)

India greets Trump with 14-mile motorcade

The news media is not particularly thrilled with the idea that President Trump's first state visit to India is expected to be a joyous one. The coverage is rife with talk about optics and spectacle among journalists who can't seem to get over the fact that the visit celebrates "shared values, and strategic and economic interests" between the two nations, according to the White House. The press is not thrilled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has organized a mammoth, 14-mile motorcade for the occasion that has earned its own hashtag: #BiggestRoadShowEver." Published February 23, 2020

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters at a campaign office, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Scarborough, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Bloomberg declares Trump the 'winner' of the Democratic debate

Over the years, presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders has often said he is a "democratic socialist." In recent days, the Vermont lawmaker has retooled that description, telling National Public Radio that his version of democratic socialism simply means a "vibrant democracy." More importantly, Mr. Sanders currently enjoys lead status in the race; multiple polls consistently put him in first place — prompting some observers to explore the greater implications. Published February 20, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders greets his fans during a recent campaign rally in Texas. (Associated Press)

Voters mystified: Is there a difference between socialism and democratic socialism?

Add "democratic" to "socialism" and presto — a tidy rallying cry emerges for Sen. Bernard Sanders, now leading the Democratic field in the presidential race. In his world, socialism is transformed into a family-style activity with free stuff for all and good feelings all around. The candidate, in fact, has called his democratic socialism a "vibrant democracy" in several interviews. Published February 19, 2020

The enduring popularity of Michael Savage

One veteran conservative talk radio host has a surprise underground following in a district most often associated with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Published February 17, 2020

President Trump's campaign rallies have evolved to the point that he plans to continue hosting them, even if he wins in November. (Associated Press)

Dazzling Trump rallies reach a new level

President Trump's trademark campaign rallies have evolved into a kind of fine art, and a very effective art at that. They are frequent; Mr. Trump has back-to-back rallies coming up in Phoenix, Colorado Springs, Las Vegas and Charlotte, North Carolina — and they will likely continue beyond campaign season. Published February 16, 2020

Personnels wearing protective suits wait near an entrance at the Cheung Hong Estate, a public housing estate during evacuation of residents in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health evacuated some residents from the public housing estate after two cases of novel coronavirus infection to stop the potential risk of further spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

World on edge: 86% in new global poll say coronavirus a major threat

The world is paying attention to the coronavirus, and not without jitters. A new Ipsos poll of 8,000 people in eight major nations finds that 86% of the global respondents are very well informed about the outbreak. Close to 9-out-of-10 say the coronavirus poses a threat. Published February 15, 2020

Jessica DeMedeiros is surrounded by Valentine's Day themed balloons, as she picks out some gifts for her loved ones in New Bedford, Mass., on  Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Peter Pereira/Standard Times via AP)

Trump Bump: Americans spend record-breaking $27.4 billion on Valentine's Day

The booming economy, healthy stock market and consumer optimism fostered by President Trump and his administration has a sweet byproduct. Americans are expected to spend a record breaking $27.4 billion on Valentine's Day -- up 35% from $20.7 billion last year, which was also a record-breaker. Published February 14, 2020

The public is not pleased by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to tear up her copy of President Trump's State of the Union address. (Associated Press)

Update: Public frowns on Pelosi speech antics

Yes, Madame Speaker, they noticed. The public has not quite forgotten about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent decision to strategically tear up a copy of President Trump's State of the Union address shortly after it ended, and while the news cameras were rolling. Published February 13, 2020

A major pollster found that 61% of Americans say they're better off than they were three years ago. And 62% give President Trump a "great deal or fair amount of credit for improvement in the state of the economy." (Associated Press)

Record ratings: Americans 'better off' in Trump era

The good news continues. Once again, a major pollster cuts to the chase about American life during President Trump's time in office. Things are good in the Trump era — better than they have been in almost three decades, in fact. Published February 12, 2020

A woman in Britain walks the street in surgical mask as concerns over the COVID-19 grow on a global scale. (Associated Press)

Two thirds of Americans strongly support coronavirus quarantine

Alarming accounts about coronavirus are many, and the messages are mixed. It is an emotionally charged issue in the U.S. as citizens weigh their own needs against those now under siege from the virus. It's complicated, and not without partisan divides. Published February 11, 2020

NBC political director Chuck Todd sits in the studio of "Meet the Press" in Washington on Sept. 1, 2013. (Associated Press/NBC) ** FILE **

#FireChuckTodd trends on Twitter after MSNBC host criticizes Bernie Sanders fans

Major news organizations from Fox News to Newsweek and The Wrap took notice of a sudden social media phenomenon. The hashtag #FireChuckTodd began leading the national trends on Twitter after MSNBC anchor and "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd made a remark about Sen. Bernie Sanders and his followers at the height of the Vermony lawmaker's campaign in New Hampshire. Published February 11, 2020

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg poses for media as she arrives for a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020 (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Greta Thunberg lands her own TV show

There is no mention here about the mode of transportation, use of fossil fuel, or the proverbial carbon footprint. Nevertheless, BBC Studios has revealed it is producing a new science series centered on the young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Published February 11, 2020