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Jennifer Harper

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The Rev. Billy Graham (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) ** FILE **

Inside the Beltway: Republicans remember the basics of politics in Iowa

Just when the din of liberal politics reaches epic proportions, along comes an event that clears the air. Such is the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Friends of the Family Banquet" on Saturday evening, which is a formidable and straightforward force indeed, assembling at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Published November 7, 2013

Inside the Beltway: White trash allure in America

Has America become hopelessly tacky thanks to reality TV, celebrity gossip, baby daddies, tattoos and trailer parks? Someone has at last sounded a tasteful alarm about a trend that has permeated just about everything, including politics. Published November 6, 2013

Singer Pat Boone, a longtime supporter of traditional American values, will address the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday. (PAT BOONE)

Inside the Beltway: Politics bubbles in a 'cauldron of discontent'

Political analysts are resorting to dramatic terms to describe dire findings. "American voters are extraordinarily dispirited. The fights in Washington over the federal budget and the debt ceiling, coming on top of an aggravatingly slow economic recovery have produced a cauldron of discontent. If these sentiments last for the next 12 months, a large number of incumbents are going to be in trouble on Election Day," declares Christopher Arterton, dean of George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. Published November 5, 2013

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wonders whether President Obama will accept his invitation for a visit when the president arrives in New Orleans on Friday. (Bobby Jindal)

Inside the Beltway: Presto! It's instant change Obama

Hope and change has been replaced by presto change-o. While Obamacare creaks toward commercial viability, its patron saint is busy with fast patter and some appealing parlor tricks. President Obama is talking about many things besides health care and flying around on Air Force One this week — a tried and true method to distract the public during difficult moments. Published November 4, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Newt Gingrich girds for battle in book

It is a new book with a monumental title from Newt Gingrich, and it arrives Monday. "Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America's Fate" singles out enemies and rallies the troops, grass-roots and otherwise. Published November 3, 2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to those attending the distinguished speaker event at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Robert Kirkham)

Inside the Beltway: Hillary Clinton evolving

The newly configured Hillary Rodham Clinton may not be playing so well in Peoria. And elsewhere. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has become a polished, confident public entity in recent days, joyous in demeanor and freshly coiffed — as opposed to her "what difference at this point does it make?" meltdown moment before Congress over Benghazi. That was a mere six months ago, incidentally. Published October 31, 2013

The U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument in Texas honors the noble four-footed soldiers who sniff out explosives, brave the battlefield, save lives and die in the line of duty. (U.S. AIR FORCE)

Inside the Beltway: Ignoring the obvious about Obamacare

This bombshell news never really got to explode: NBC News' senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers found buried in the 2010 Obamacare regulations language predicting "a reasonable range for the percentage of individual policies that would terminate is 40 percent to 67 percent." Published October 29, 2013

The Tony Blankley Chair for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism, an academic fellowship named for the late commentator, will be introduced Tuesday.

Inside the Beltway: Obama's journey to Romney territory for health care law

This strategy of spectacle and grandeur could be premature, or even unlucky, in the fickle political arena: President Obama will journey to Boston on Wednesday with plans to talk about the Affordable Care Act in none other than Faneuil Hall — the same historic spot where then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signed his state's health care law in 2006. Published October 28, 2013

Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, plans legislation against the Affordable Care Act that will make use of President Obama's own words to get its point across. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: The uninsured — a new GOP voting block?

Some advise the Republican Party to be ready to capitalize on the implementation failures of the Affordable Care Act by picking up support of vexed voters subject to potential collateral damage. It could be a mighty big voting bloc. Published October 27, 2013

The annual OSS Society Awards Dinner on Saturday will honor Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Navy)

Inside the Beltway: Rarefied revels of OSS

There is an authentic intensity about the annual OSS Society awards dinner, an autumnal rite that celebrates the Office of Strategic Services — OSS — the agency created during World War II by Army Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan that was the predecessor of the CIA. The time has come again. Published October 24, 2013

The Texas School Book Depository window Lee Harvey Oswald shot from is among the "Kennedy assassination items" going up for bid on Thursday. (rr auctions)

Inside the Beltway: Obamacare lost in translation

Gentlemen, start your engines and let the FOIAs begin. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus already has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asking for information on the number of Americans who have enrolled in Obamacare. Now comes another request, with an interesting demand. Published October 23, 2013

A "brosurance" outreach for Obamacare aimed at young males from the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado taps into party mentality. (Colorado Consumer Health Initiative)

Inside the Beltway: The Allen West brand expands

"Steadfast and loyal" are the bywords of a vigorous new outreach from Allen B. West that closely resembles a news site. He is clearly in touch with his inner journalist through, meant to be a platform for an unapologetic conservative message. Published October 22, 2013

** FILE ** In this Oct. 16, 2013, file photo Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, pumps his fist as he leaves a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington during the third week of the partial federal government shutdown. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Inside the Beltway: John Boehner's guerrilla war

House Speaker John A. Boehner is not done with the Affordable Care Act; there's some health stealth in mind to undermine Obamacare — we're talking smart and pesky tactics rather than one big, bunker-busting bomb here. Published October 20, 2013

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says there's little comparison between this month's government shutdown and the shutdown of 1995-96. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: The grim aftermath of the shutdown

Finger waggling and earnest talk: It's time for Republican soul-searching and a GOP gut check, say observers who found little nobility in the extended effort by some conservative Republican lawmakers to defund the Affordable Care Act at all costs. There's a price to pay, warns Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, and it starts in 2014. Published October 17, 2013

"Political leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue need to stop undermining consumer confidence with partisan posturing," says National Retail Federation President Matthew Shay. "If it's bad for retail, it's bad for the economy." (National Retail Federation)

Inside the Beltway: So now what after votes on shutdown?

The agreement on the shutdown and the debt ceiling is no guarantee that lawmakers and the White House will behave. They are addicted to spectacle and hand-wringing political theater that garners press coverage, while masking inactivity or indecision. Published October 16, 2013

"There must be accountability for this astounding failure and waste of taxpayer money," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says, in calling for the firing of Kathleen Sebelius. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Whew! The end is not near

Brinkmanship, blinkmanship and partisan cliffhangers have prompted dire speculations that the United States is going down, with its best days in the past — you know, just like Rome. Published October 15, 2013

A screen grab of the official White House website reveals that the federal government shutdown has taken its toll on transparency and blames Congress.

Inside the Beltway: White House website woes

Add this one to the list of government-shutdown victims, fresh from the official White House website: "Due to Congress's failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this website may not be up to date. Some submissions may not be processed, and we may not be able to respond to your inquiries." Published October 14, 2013

U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black says "humility" may be the key in solving the shutdown and debt ceiling standoff. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Seeking enlightened conservatism

"Clearly something is not working in the GOP and hasn't since its nervous breakdown caused by George W. Bush and exacerbated by the political consulting classes. The only part of the GOP that makes sense now is the tea party movement," Craig Shirley — a Ronald Reagan biographer and presidential historian — tells Inside the Beltway. Published October 13, 2013