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Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

**FILE** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Cocktails with Marco

On Tuesday night, the always enterprising Sen. Marco Rubio journeys to the 201 Bar for a chat with Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of the cheeky and clever BuzzFeed. Published February 4, 2013

The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by then-Sen. Jim DeMint (left) in 2008, is already criticizing the Conservative Victory Project, a new super PAC organized by American Crossroads, the sleek 2012 fundraising machine that boasted Karl Rove as point man. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: NRA ‘stamina’

Behold: A major news organization has declared that the National Rifle Association is “winning the influence battle over gun control.” Published February 3, 2013

CBS News anchor Scott Pelley will interview President Obama live from the White House as part of the official pregame show to Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. (CBS via Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Alarmed by the Feds

Some Americans feel like they live in a police state, others are discouraged by a sense of waning opportunity or flagging optimism. Do we have national malaise? Yes. It's called "federal government," suggests some new research. Published January 31, 2013

**FILE** A girl sits on a Newtown bus leaving the new Sandy Hook Elementary School after the first day of classes in Monroe, Conn., on Jan. 3, 2013. The Sandy Hook students started that day in their new school, formerly called Chalk Hill School in Monroe. It was renamed Sandy Hook Elementary and overhauled especially for the students from the Sandy Hook School shooting. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Exploiting Newtown

A Reason-Rupe survey reveals that 52 percent of respondents agreed that "elected officials are exploiting the [Newtown] tragedy for political reasons." Naturally, there's a partisan divide. Published January 30, 2013

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a Colorado grass-roots gun-rights organization, drew more than 300 participants for a free firearms training course for local teachers Monday. (Rocky Mountain Gun Owners)

Inside the Beltway: Teachers and targets

They were only expecting 200. They got more. Many more. Organizers with Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a Colorado grass-roots gun-rights organization, had planned a free, four-hour firearms training course for local teachers Monday evening. More than 300 teachers showed up for the event in Broomfield. Published January 29, 2013

**FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Obamacizing the media

"Say what you will about George W. Bush. He never complained about the media coverage he received. But here is President Obama, riding high off victories in the general election … inexplicably talking about Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and lamenting how the poor state of discourse in political media today is affecting compromise in Washington," says Joe Concha, an analyst for Mediaite. Published January 28, 2013

The National Chicken Council reveals that there are "no extreme left wings or extreme right wings" when it comes to chicken wings. (Image from the National Chicken Council)

Inside the Beltway: Jindal emerges with messages to GOP

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has secured his place in the Republican rush to redefine the party, pacify conservatives and scoop up Libertarians, Hispanics and disgruntled Democrats as 2016 glimmers in the distance. Published January 27, 2013

President Dwight D. Eisenhower "stuck to a few broadly conservative themes that resonated across the country," says New Hampshire columnist D.J. Bettencourt. "Together they framed the Republican Party as effective, inclusive, and forward." (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: The Vegas factor

Oh, the glory of those campaign days. President Obama visited Las Vegas 10 times last year, proving that Nevada is a swing state worthy of wooing, and that Vegas provides a glittering, effective venue. Published January 24, 2013

Inside the Beltway: A cautionary tale

It didn't take long: Here comes all the edgy speculation about President Obama's second term in office, and the implications therein. Published January 22, 2013

Former Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, has found a comfortable post-Congress sinecure as a guest commentator on Fox News Channel. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Cunning Fox

Fox News has signed former Ohio congressman Dennis J. Kucinich as a paid contributor on both the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. Published January 16, 2013

President Obama (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Inside the Beltway: Lonely Obama ... in 2008

Oh, the loneliness of the long-distance president: The topic of President Obama's chilly isolation in the White House generated much buzz in the last 24 hours after he was asked about his socializing habits, or lack thereof, during a news conference. Yet the very same topic came up before Mr. Obama even entered office four years ago. Published January 15, 2013

Inside the Beltway: A gun maker goes active

“I am a law-abiding citizen and responsible gun owner. I am saddened by the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, but I believe that efforts to impose new restrictions on me and other lawful and responsible owners like me are misguided. Did you know that violent crime with firearms has declined since the Federal ‘assault weapons ban’ expired in 2004? ... Published January 13, 2013

Inside the Beltway: The campaign never stops

CNN reports that President Obama's existing campaign will be "reconfigured" into a super PAC to bolster White House policy goals, staffed by campaign manager Jim Messina and campaign insiders Stephanie Cutter and Jennifer O'Malley Dillon. Published January 10, 2013

**FILE** Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Associated Press)

Huckabee: President protected by guns; all Americans should have the option

The president, vice president and assorted elected officials and bureaucrats are protected by guns. So why can't average Americans warrant the same treatment? So asks syndicated talk radio host Mike Huckabee as the nation's gun owners, retailers and interest groups await the outcome of White House talks on new gun control restrictions in a post-Newtown world. Published January 10, 2013

**FILE** Piers Morgan, host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles on Dec. 20, 2011. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Piers can stay

"President Obama has officially decided I am NOT being deported." So tweets hoity-toity CNN host Piers Morgan, the centerpiece of a public White House petition calling for his deportation, British accent and all. Published January 9, 2013