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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

A graduate of Syracuse University, Jennifer Harper writes the daily Inside the Beltway column and provides additional coverage of breaking national news, plus long-term trends in politics, media issues, public opinion, popular culture, Hollywood foibles and “eureka” moments in health and science.

She has been a frequent broadcast commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Voice of America, Citadel Broadcasting, Talk Radio Network and other news organizations. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Ms. Harper grew up in Texas and arrived in Washington in time for Watergate -- and has been tracking the political and media landscape ever since.

She is an active member of the American Federation of TV Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild. She has won 14 journalism awards during her years at The Washington Times.

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

John Kerry, left, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, attend a news conference during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is taking place in Davos from May 22 until May 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Meanwhile in Davos: A ‘watershed moment’?

The World Economic Forum continues through Thursday in Davos, Switzerland, drawing a cross section of high-profile folk who range from Al Gore, John Kerry and Bill Gates to 50 heads of state and an astronaut circling the Earth aboard the International Space Station. Published May 25, 2022

The CIA has honored two fallen officers at the federal agency's memorial wall, which uses stars rather than names, in keeping with their clandestine calling. (Image courtesy of CIA)

CIA honors its own in Memorial Wall ceremony

The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted its annual memorial ceremony to remember, honor and celebrate the courageous officers who gave their lives in service to their country. Published May 24, 2022

"Operation Fly Formula," the new White House project to remedy the infant formula crisis, has drawn a few laughs from critics who wonder if the name has to do with insects — or Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum, who  played the lead role of the fly in the 1986 film “The Fly.” (AP Photo, file)

Bugged by ‘Operation Fly Formula’; Biden operation becomes punchline

Some are pondering the White House decision to name the vital and important mission to restock the nation's supply of infant formula "Operation Fly Formula." The name quickly earned its own hashtag as many wags circulated images of Jeff Goldblum, who played the titular lead role in the Hollywood 1986 sci-fi film "The Fly." Published May 19, 2022

The OSS Society recently screened its award-winning short documentary about D-Day, “Operation Overlord: OSS and the Battle for France,” for NATO Special Operations Headquarters personnel. The film tells the story of Allied special forces whose daring exploits changed the course of World War II. (Image courtesy of the OSS Society).

OSS Society revisits, honors Operation Overlord

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society -- a nonprofit organization that preserves the legacy of the World War II predecessor to the CIA, the U.S. Special Operations Command, and the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) -- presented a replica of the OSS Congressional Gold Medal to NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ) in Mons, Belgium, on May 6. Published May 18, 2022

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.  on Nov. 3, 202. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP, File)

MoveOn unveils plans to take on MAGA in November

The voting public might want to buckle up. Here's a few words from MoveOn, the progressive and aggressive activist group that is gearing up for the midterm elections, armed with an unprecedented boost of $30 million in its campaign war-chest. Published May 17, 2022

White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks at her last press briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Jen at MSNBC, and Joe in his media shell

The Republican Party has taken a close look at current White House dynamics and come up with an interesting scenario for what's next on President Biden's schedule. We all know that former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has left her post to become a correspondent at MSNBC. Mr. Biden, in the meantime, has not offered a formal press interview in 96 days, as of Monday. Published May 15, 2022

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Biden still obsessed with Trump

President Biden seems to be stuck on the acronym "MAGA," which is, of course, the short form of "Make America Great Again," former President Donald Trump's favorite campaign rallying cry. Published May 12, 2022

A small gap appears in the unfinished border wall Wednesday, May 19, 2021, near Sasabe, Ariz.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also told Texas it was canceling deportation requests — known as “detainers” — on other illegal immigrants, including some who pleaded guilty to felony charges of evading arrest, had convictions for drunk driving, drug possession or domestic assault injuring a family member. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

True perils of a porous border

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise is not mincing words when it comes to the perils of the porous U.S. border with Mexico. The White House has essentially opened that border, he says. Published May 11, 2022

Passers-by walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs in Dedham, Mass.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Small business feels the Biden bite

They make up the nation's financial backbone and their ranks include Main Street heroes who keep on keeping on under challenging conditions. That would be American small business owners. Published May 10, 2022

Gasoline is dispensed into a motorist's vehicle at a Circle K station Friday, April 22, 2022, in south Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Hey GOP: Cheap gas wins votes

So the average price of gas is $5.92 per gallon in Sonoma, California, as of Monday according to, a nimble and helpful industry source. The Golden State, in fact, is home to the most expensive fuel in the nation, with gas going for an average of $5.80 a gallon. Georgia boasts the lowest price at $3.85. The trends are not promising. Published May 9, 2022

Former President Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he attends the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Donald Trump a ‘likely’ 2024 hopeful

The 2024 presidential election is exactly 911 days away, as of Monday. So we have a little time before the genuine political predictions begin about the big bout -- oh, wait. Those predictions are already arriving. Pundits, researchers and prognosticators are mulling over their lists of who might throw their proverbial hats into the ring. So let's join in. Published May 8, 2022

Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pro-lifers, pro-choicers power up

It has been a dramatic week following the surprise revelations that the Supreme Court could very well decide to overturn Roe v. Wade. And there's more to come. Published May 5, 2022

Former President Donald Trump speaks from the podium during a campaign rally for Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster, Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Greenwood, Neb. (Kenneth Ferriera/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

The Trump bump still a factor

Former President Donald Trump's old election magic lives on. According to multiple news reports, all 22 candidates endorsed by Mr. Trump won their primary elections in Ohio and Indiana on Tuesday. Published May 4, 2022

The National Archives is home to the nation's most significant founding documents. (Image courtesy of National Archives Museum)

The nation’s archivist has a say after 12 years on the job

Here is some perspective from someone who is very familiar with America's most significant federal records and founding documents at the National Archives. That would be David Ferriero, who is retiring as Archivist of the United States after more than 12 years on the job. Published May 3, 2022

The White House, as seen through an exterior security fence. (AP PHOTO, file)

How to take down ‘Biden’s dystopic disinformation board’

So President Biden's White House is establishing a Disinformation Governance Board, which has prompted some concern among those who believe such an entity will compromise American freedom. Now what? Rachel Bovard, senior technology columnist for The Federalist, has advice in a column titled "How Republican Senators Can Defund Biden's Dystopic Disinformation Board." Published May 2, 2022