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Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

U.S. Customs and Border Protections told Congress that 3,029 people were apprehended at the southern border in one day this month. (Associated Press photograph)

Why Democrats really fear Trump's wall

Why should the U.S. build a better wall on the southern border? It is a thought which threatens the Democratic mindset say some observers, for a very specific reason. Published December 13, 2018

Old social media posts from public figures may not sway the American public, says a new poll. However, there is a divide among the parties. (Associated Press)

What? GOP more tolerant than Democrats

Critics of liberals, progressives and Democrats complain that they preach tolerance and acceptance but can still be intolerant and hostile toward those with another political calling — mainly conservatives, fans of President Trump and Republicans. A timely survey now suggests that in reality, the GOP may be more forgiving than their Democratic counterparts. Published December 12, 2018

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference outside of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Matt Gaetz makes Politico's annual Power List, vows to defend and protect Trump

Politico has issued its annual Power List, showcasing 19 people who are positioned to play a "critical role" in the political landscape as the 2020 presidential election approaches. The list cites Rep. Matt Gaetz - "controversial Florida Republican and ardent Donald Trump supporter." Published December 12, 2018

One political adviser suggests former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney run on a "unity" ticket. (Associated Press photographs)

Biden/Romney 2020: It could happen

With his instant name recognition, early-bird polls consistently place former Vice President Joseph R. Biden as the top Democratic contender for president in 2020. Now comes a call for Mr. Biden to go rogue - or at least independent. Published December 11, 2018

In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, photo, an ornament hangs on an artificial Christmas tree at the Balsam Hill Outlet store in Burlingame, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) ** FILE **

74% of Americans say Christmas should be celebrated in public schools

Three-fourths of Americans agree that Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, says a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted the same week that a Nebraska elementary school principal banned Christmas in her school, right down to candy canes, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, the colors red and green and "Elf on the Shelf" items. Published December 11, 2018

Media mulled impeaching Trump before he was even elected

The press mulled the impeachment of President Trump even before he became the Republican nominee for president. That is a rough guide to how long the "I-word" has been floated before the public. Published December 9, 2018

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, to travel to Kansas City, Mo., to speak at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The bets are on: Trump favorite to win re-election in 2020 at 7-5 odds

Politics, like sports, continues to attract wagers. "Donald Trump is the favorite to win in 2020 at 7-5 odds (+140), meaning, a $100 bet would profit $140 if Trump wins," reports Dave Mason, the Sportsbook brand manager for, a very active online outlet. Published December 7, 2018

Fox News prime time host Sean Hannity has been named the No. 1 "most influential person" in the news media, topping a list of 75 journalists that was compiled by (Associated Press)

Sean Hannity tops list of 'most influential' in the news media

December heralds lots of year-end lists- best and worst, who's up, who's down., which monitors the big doings of the restless press - offers its list of 75 people who are the "most influential in news media," and they hail from broadcast, print and online sources. Published December 6, 2018

Journalists had many observations to make about four U.S. presidents and their spouses sitting in the same pew at the funeral of George H.W. Bush. The news coverage of the event quickly drifted into drama. (Associated Press)

Four presidents in the 'awkward pew'

Journalists could not stop speculating about the subtle occurrences that transpired in just a few moments during the state funeral service for George H.W. Bush. There in the front row, and very much on-camera was a rare gathering: President Trump was on the aisle seat, with first lady Melania Trump to his left; then came former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter. Published December 5, 2018

As the Mueller probe approaches the 19-month mark, one poll reveals that voters doubt it will succeed in "trapping" President Trump. (Associated Press)

Voters doubt Mueller can 'trap' Trump

For those who are keeping count, the proverbial "Mueller investigation" began on May 17, 2017, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, "the No. 2 Justice Department official, appoints former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia," according to a helpful Reuters timeline of the big doings. If we do all the math, that means that on Dec. 17, the investigation will have gone on for 19 months. Published December 4, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 1992, file photo, President George H.W. Bush, left, talks with independent candidate Ross Perot as Democratic candidate Bill Clinton stands aside at the end of their second presidential debate in Richmond, Va. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)

Long-term press bias: Only 7% of journalists voted for George H.W. Bush in 1992

Journalists have offered fair coverage of the passing of George H.W. Bush. But it was not always thus says Rich Noyes, senior analyst for - who consulted records dating back to 1988 for an analysis of coverage of the late president's campaign and years in office. Published December 4, 2018

Some claim that then-business tycoon Donald Trump was inspired to run for president after Jesse Ventura's run for Minnesota governor. (Associated Press)

Jesse Ventura mulls a White House run

Forty Democrats are mulling a run for the White House according to some counts, many fueled by their disbelief that President Trump not only won the 2016 election, but that he's still in office. Yes, well. It's going to be a noisy lead-up to 2020 — and now we have one more name to add, and he is among the first of the independent hopefuls. Published December 3, 2018

Major Garrett has a book out: "Mr. Trump's Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency." (Associated Press)

Trump, 'master of the medium of his time'

Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS, has a new book out, and the title tells all: "Mr. Trump's Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency." Published December 2, 2018