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Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Among the many events at the upcoming NRA annual meeting: an auction for Ruger's "one millionth gun," made in 2012. (National Rifle Association)

Inside the Beltway: The NRA still true to its calling

Certain things remain constant in America, despite the best efforts of, say, Hollywood, the mainstream news media, liberal culture and progressive politics. Old Glory and Old Faithful come to mind, along with the National Rifle Association — which will show just how constant it is in about 48 hours, when the organization's annual membership meeting begins in Indianapolis. Published April 21, 2014

Care to have a nice lunch with master Republican strategist Karl Rove? The National Republican Senatorial Committee has a contest for you.

Inside the Beltway: An agenda-free Easter

The effort to purge the word "Easter" from public egg hunts continues. But wait. Politicians may get banned from the springtime doings as well. Take the traditional Easter parade, for example, long a bastion of women in swell hats and men in their Sunday best. Published April 17, 2014

Fox News regular contributor and author Jedediah Bila is among the female talents who will appear on "Outnumbered," the network's new daytime talk show, which debuts on April 28 at noon. (Courtesy of Jedediah Bila)

Inside the Beltway: A Hillary-free 2016 would confound Democrats

Democrats are eager to show fierce loyalty to Hillary Rodham Clinton; indeed, it's a badge of honor. But what will they do if she chooses not to run for the White House in 2016? It is a tricky situation that party strategists have yet to publicly address. The former senator and secretary of state is a mesmerizing symbol for Democrats, and the effect grows. That could get unwieldy. Published April 16, 2014

Times wins two awards from Society for Professional Journalists

The Washington Times has won two Sigma Delta Chi awards for excellence in journalism from the Society for Professional Journalists in a national competition between 1,800 entries from news organizations that spanned print, radio, television and online stories published or broadcast in 2013. Published April 16, 2014

George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush, in a new Public Policy Polling survey leads his Democratic opponent by a wide margin in his quest to be elected Texas state land commissioner.

Inside the Beltway: The appeal of 'strong America'

Mention "national security," and voters react. That is what former U.N. ambassador John R. Bolton has discovered. His twin political action committees accrued $1.1 million in the first quarter of the year from some 7,000 small-dollar donors in all 50 states who support Mr. Bolton's "foreign-policy approach of peace through strength," he says. Published April 15, 2014

The A-10 Caucus on Capitol Hill seeks to keep the formidable aircraft flying, despite Air Force plans to pull the plug. (Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr./U.S. Air Force)

Inside the Beltway: Lawmakers watch over the A-10

The reliable, maneuverable, and yes, quite fabulous A-10 Thunderbolt has protected many in its close-air support role since it was introduced in 1975. Now the formidable Air Force gunship is getting a little protection of its own on Capitol Hill. Behold, now in flight, it's the unofficial A-10 Caucus, composed of squadron of Republicans and a single Democrat. Published April 14, 2014

Illustration on paper money by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

IRKED: Seven out of 10 Americans say members of Congress are paid too much

Americans continue to be irked with Congress. A mere 9 percent of likely voters say incumbents should be re-elected in the 2014 midterms according to a new Rasmussen Poll. Positive approval ratings for lawmakers linger at about 12 percent says Gallup, which continually tracks such things. And naturally, voters also think these elected officials do not deserve the pay they receive for their efforts. Published April 14, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat who is opposing Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, invited him to a local gun range for target practice. (Courtesy of Alison Lundergan Grimes)

Inside the Beltway: McConnell gets affection from the NRA

The tea party is very much enamored with Matt Bevin, the grass-roots challenger to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the Senate seat in Kentucky — a bout that will be decided in the state's May 20 primary. Mr. McConnell does not appear worried, advising voters that incumbents would "crush" their tea party opponents. Did he know that a certain powerful endorsement was in the works? Oh, could be. Published April 13, 2014

Talk radio host Laura Ingraham is one of several to take the stage at this weekend's Freedom Summit in Manchester, N.H. (National Association of Broadcasters)

Inside the Beltway: Eager Republicans rush for the grassroots

The timing is impeccable: A dozen famed conservatives with liberty, tradition and smaller government on their minds gather a mere 72 hours before Tax Day dawns. That would be the Freedom Summit on Saturday, a daylong showcase organized by Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Citizens United, staged in Manchester, the most bustling town in New Hampshire. Published April 10, 2014

**FILE** Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush win the hearts of Iowa Republicans

Another day, another poll indicating that at this point, more than two years from the presidential election, Democrats would vote for Hillary Clinton for president while Republicans are lingering wide-eyed over their many choices. Which is not a bad thing. Published April 10, 2014

One America News Network.  A credible source for national and international news.  (PRNewsFoto/Herring Networks, Inc.)

One America channel on Verizon TV lineup

An emerging conservative news organization launched less than a year ago has promising news. Herring Networks Inc. announced Wednesday that One America News Network, which offers national and global news plus exclusive content, has been added to the channel lineup on Verizon's FiOS TV. Published April 9, 2014

Donald Trump will join Sen. Rand Paul and others on the podium in Manchester, N.H. on Saturday for the "Freedom Summit." (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Ready to rumble in the Granite State

Wearing a sincere grin and maybe a carefully ironed plaid shirt, Scott Brown will announce his intent to run for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire at dusk on Thursday. He's already cultivating the image of a tough politician with a heart of gold, and plans a very public declaration at a seaside inn in historic Portsmouth. Published April 9, 2014

Americans for Tax Reform, a nonpartisan group headed by Grover Norquist, will host a tax conference at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Mr. Norquist and friends take on the IRS

Consider that April 15 will dawn in a mere 144 hours, punctuated by the sound of rustling tax records and the gnashing of teeth. Some are preparing for this. Americans for Tax Reform, in fact, has organized, well, a tax conference at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday featuring a half-dozen financially-minded Republican lawmakers and an agenda that includes IRS "abuse of conservative nonprofit groups," among many things. Published April 8, 2014

The White House behaving badly: On the road to stinkburger

Is the nation now witnessing dignity of office, a sense of decorum and gravitas? No. America is now on "the road to stinkburger" says online news maven Lucianne Goldberg, who refers to the increasing tendency of the White House to lower the quality of the public discourse. Published April 8, 2014

**FILE** The Washington Times' building on New York Avenue in Washington, D.C. (The Washington Times)

Times staff wins 16 honors at 2013 VPA awards

The Washington Times has won 16 awards in the 2013 Virginia Press Association competition for writing, photography and design, an annual contest among multiple news organizations in several regions. The recognition included four first-place designations. Published April 7, 2014

"Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It" by Richard Viguerie will be published Tuesday. (WND BOOKS)

Inside the Beltway: Viguerie's vigorous conservative opus

Into the insta-world of contemporary politics comes the weighty "Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It" — a new book by veteran conservative activist Richard Viguerie, a man with much institutional knowledge. He's also been an eyewitness to all the machinations for more than four decades. But it goes beyond that. Published April 7, 2014

William Temple (left), dressed in a tri-corner hat, cheers for speakers during "Audit the IRS," a tea party rally against the Internal Revenue Service on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) **FILE**

STUDY: 'Ranking RINOs: Who does the tea party hate most?'

Disagreements between grassroots tea partyers and establishment Republicans continues to draw an intense and curious audience. Now here comes the analysis. "Ranking the RINOs: Who does the tea party hate most?" asks new research by the Center for Responsive Politics. Published April 7, 2014