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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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Arnold Schwarzenegger's new action thriller "Sabotage" open in March. But next week, he's out to battle political gridlock with the help of 10 assorted experts. (arnold schwarzenegger)

Arnold Schwarzenegger: action star, policy wonk

Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest action thriller "Sabotage" opens next month. But the former California governor, age 66, can't quite let go of politics either. Published February 19, 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger's new action thriller "Sabotage" open in March. But next week, he's out to battle political gridlock with the help of 10 assorted experts. (arnold schwarzenegger)

Inside the Beltway: Big Gulp — here come the taxes

There's news about all those pesky sugary drinks that so vexed former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, despite voter fatigue with meddlesome, large-scale nannying. But wait. Here comes the taxes on those beverages — and they're not originating in the Big Apple. Published February 18, 2014

President Obama's re-election campaign embellished a promotional coffee cup with the president's long-form birth certificate prior to the 2012 election.

The 'birther' issue has not gone away yet: A new poll surfaces

Those who are convinced and occasionally obsessed by the idea that President Obama was not born in the U.S. got much press in years past. But suspicious sentiments about Mr. Obama's birthplace still linger, even swaying public opinion about where he should site his presidential library when the time comes. Published February 18, 2014

Author Michael Rubin questions the wisdom and efficacy of negotiations with terrorists in his new book, "Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes." (Encounter Books /Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: A peek in the Democratic treasure chest

Eighteen and counting: that's how many fundraising appearances President Obama has committed to attend as the 2014 midterm election season grinds into gear. But he has some help this week, and it's only the beginning. Published February 17, 2014

Bill Clinton, George Washington in top-10 list of the richest presidents of all time

Some persistent researchers at girded their loins and tallied up the assets of American presidents past and present to assemble the nation's top-10 wealthiest presidents through history. Among the criteria they used: land holdings, inheritance, income in and out of office plus appropriate adjustments for the economies of their time. Published February 17, 2014

George Washington tops a list of richest U.S. presidents compiled by Wall Street 24/7. His net worth was $525 million. His salary, the researchers found, was 2 percent of the total U.S. budget for 1789. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Inside the Beltway: Peeking into the presidential wallet

Persistent researchers at Wall Street 24/7 girded their loins and tallied up the assets of all American presidents past and present to assemble a list of the Top 10 wealthiest occupants of the Oval Office — based on land holdings; inheritance; income before, during and after; plus adjustments for money values then and now, among many factors. Some presidents went broke, some never had any money, some made lots of it. Published February 16, 2014

"The only difference between the people in Congress and the people on my show is the people in Congress have more teeth," said talk show host Jerry Springer. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Inside the Beltway: About that real voter sentiment

Let's talk about voter sentiment as the nation dwells on romance for a few hours on Friday. Conservatives: Would you want to cozy up to a liberal this weekend? And Democrats, would you have a Republican sweetheart? Well, maybe not. Published February 13, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his fellow Republicans are doing the party and the country a disservice if they aren't focused on the upcoming 2014 elections. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Scott Walker acts presidential

Maybe there's a reason why Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, called his recent memoir "Unintimidated." While Republicans cluck and dither over personal ideology and cautiously flirt with a master strategy for the 2014 midterm elections, Mr. Walker has cut to the chase. He gets it. The clock is ticking. Get busy. Pick up a weapon of choice and move forward. Published February 12, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to the Economic Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 in Chicago. Christie is in town to raise money  for the Republican Governors Association that he chairs. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Chris Christie gets his 'Tony Soprano' groove back

Is he getting his brusque, Tony Soprano groove back? Maybe. A simple comeback strategy has emerged from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, following the rigors of Bridgegate, internal reviews, official investigations and multiple subpoenas for his former staff members. Published February 12, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former secretary of state, was the subject of 173 minutes of coverage on Fox News, CNN and NBC from Feb. 3-9, according to a study released by (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Inside the Beltway: Marijuana remorse

Hey man, like it's a bummer: There's unintended collateral damage when marijuana is legalized for recreational use. Published February 11, 2014

Radio talk show host Mark Levin (Tea Party Patriots)

Mark Levin: 'The tea party is our only hope'

The Tea Party Patriots have already organized a substantial gathering on Feb. 27 in the nation’s capital, to be headlined by radio host and best-selling author Mark Levin, who is quite ready to rumble. Published February 11, 2014

Then-Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, a former South Carolina senator, addresses a forum at the organization in 2014.  (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Inside the Beltway: DeMint's demand for clear leadership, bold ideas

Frequent calls for unity in the nation come from many sectors, though most simply push emotional buttons while delivering little substance. Enter the Heritage Foundation, which is now setting forth this simple, but canny thought: "Uniting America through conservative reform." Published February 10, 2014

A state visit equals PR opportunity. The White House ran an online lottery for social-media fans who wanted to be in the throng to greet French President Francois Hollande when he arrives this week. (White House)

Inside the Beltway: Ooh-la-la or maybe not

When French President Francois Hollande arrives in the nation's capital for a three-day state visit on Monday, he's bringing much baggage, but not of the suitcase variety. Published February 9, 2014

FILE - This May 22, 2013 file photo shows customer at a Hobby Lobby store in Denver. The Supreme Court has agreed to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees. The justices said Tuesday they will take up an issue that has divided the lower courts in the face of roughly 40 lawsuits from for-profit companies asking to be spared from having to cover some or all forms of contraception. The court will consider two cases. One involves Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain with 13,000 full-time employees. Hobby Lobby won in the lower courts. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

What Obamacare mandate? The rapidly expanding Hobby Lobby flexes its muscle

Amid the politics, an unfriendly news media and the complexities of Obamacare, the Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. have a big announcement. The Oklahoma-based, family-owned arts and crafts retailer soon will open 70 new stores around the nation, bringing the number of retail locations nationwide to 626 - including its first stores in Oregon and Vermont. Published February 6, 2014