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Inside the Beltway: Great Scott: The reviews are in

Fiscally sensible, check. Limited government, check. Pro-life, check. Leadership qualities, check. Thrilled conservatives and contented Republicans have tweeted their delight over South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's decision to appoint Rep. Tim Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint next month. Published December 17, 2012

Feds’ guide on holiday ideas to keep under wraps

The phrase "Merry Christmas, BB" on a holiday greeting card once got a federal supervisor relieved of his duties. "BB" stood for "Big Butt," and the rest is hostile-workplace history. Published December 16, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Libertarians question gun-free zones

"We've created a 'gun-free zone,' a killing zone, for the sickest criminals on the face of the Earth," says R. Lee Wrights, vice chairman of the Libertarian Party, in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., killings. "And we've made the children of this country the victims." Published December 16, 2012

Inside the Beltway: United we’re not

The past four years have taken a serious toll on the "united" part of the United States: "Currently, 80 percent view the country as more politically divided — the highest percentage ever in a Pew Research Center survey," Pew researchers report. Published December 13, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Walking the slow walk

"I think if [women] were in charge of the Senate and of the administration that we would have a budget deal by now. What I find is, with all due deference to our male colleagues, that women's styles tend to be more collaborative," says Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican, in an upcoming ABC News interview that won't air until Jan. 3. Published December 12, 2012

Inside the Beltway: 12/12/12 cliffhanger

If President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner really hurry, they can tie the "fiscal cliff" to 12/12/12 — as in Dec. 12, 2012, a Wednesday filled with "once in a lifetime" buzz, and the final alliteration date of the century. Published December 11, 2012

Neil Cavuto (Fox Business Network)

Inside the Beltway: The mop-up

Occasionally, embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus gets a star and two smiley faces for bustling into action, intent on steering weary Republicans towards political productivity. Published December 10, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Culture warrior Christie

Viewer interest will likely intensify now that Sen. Joe Manchin III asked MTV to cancel "Buckwild," a new reality TV show that the West Virginia Democrat says promotes unsavory, inaccurate stereotypes about the Mountain State. He's also troubled that MTV will profit from the provocative backwoods shenanigans. Published December 9, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Anti-DeMint press strikes

Thoughtful analysis, straight reporting, maybe an appreciation? Sen. Jim DeMint had no press honeymoon upon announcing his bold career switch from U.S. senator to incoming president of the Heritage Foundation. Published December 6, 2012

Inside the Beltway: No Oscar for '2016: Obama's America'

"Sugar Man," "Detopia" and "Ethel" were among the 15 documentaries deemed eligible for an Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science on Tuesday. But not "2016: Obama's America." Published December 4, 2012

Remains of the Pentagon after a terrorist attack on Tues. September 11, 2001.  (Gerald Herbert/ The Washington Times)

As a target for terrorists, U.S. ranks No. 41 in world

The United States is not the biggest terrorist target on the planet, ranking 41st on a new index tracking global terrorism trends released Wednesday that ranks 158 nations according to the severity of terrorist activity within their borders, plus the death, destruction and economic damage that accompanies it. Published December 4, 2012

Former Congressman, Cabinet member and football player Jack Kemp died in 2009 at age 73. The Jack Kemp Foundation dinner will be held Tuesday near the White House. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Looming, plunging, dreaded

No wonder the American public gets jittery. The phrase "fall off the fiscal cliff" has appeared in news coverage more than 184,000 times since early November, according to a casual Goggle News search. The press likes nothing more than a cliffhanger story that alarms the American public but allows journalists to weigh in with much drama and authority, even when there's little to report. Published December 3, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Drones for journalists

Here comes the fly-by media. Preliminary use of diminutive drones is under way among those who see the potential of drones in news gathering, not to mention invasive "gotcha"-style journalism. Published December 2, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Bill and the hoodie

Two decades have passed since nightclub entertainer and blond bombshell Gennifer Flowers stepped before cameras and announced she had a 12-year affair with then-Gov. Bill Clinton, joining a roster of attractive women who reported similar dalliances, wanted and unwanted. Miss Flowers has stepped forward once again to reveal that in 2005, Mr. Clinton offered to come visit her once again. Published November 28, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Fluke, PSY and the Rover

Brace for impact: Time magazine's annual search for the Person of the Year is under way, seeking the person, idea or entity that most influenced the news in 2012. Published November 27, 2012

Andrew W.K. attends the 35th anniversary screening of "Taxi Driver" in New York, Thursday, March 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Party's over for would-be U.S. rock diplomat

Forget talk of ambassadors and national security. The State Department had a glittering flirtation with the Office of Party Hearty. It was brief. It was sensational. It failed. Published November 27, 2012

** FILE ** In this Feb. 11, 2012 photo, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Vilifying Norquist

Looks like it's Grover Norquist's turn to ride the insult wagon. The founder of Americans for Tax Reform is under scrutiny after seven lawmakers revealed they are not so keen about his long-standing "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," currently signed by 279 members of Congress, including three Democrats. Published November 26, 2012