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Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Inside the Beltway: Shalom, Mr. President

The press already has billed President Obama's first jaunt to Israel since entering office as yet another charm offensive, a "symbolic visit" or simply a photo op. The White House does not appear to be festooning the four-day trip with any fancy predictions either. Published March 19, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Apres-Priebus

Alas, the Grand Old Party needs grand old changing. So says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who is convinced the weary GOP needs a fancy new identity, as outlined in the "Growth and Opportunity Project" study released with much ado Monday. Published March 18, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Jake Tapper takes the lead

Broadcast debut of note Monday: that would be CNN's "The Lead," showcasing the he-man talents of Jake Tapper, who has managed to sidestep the land mines of broadcast to emerge with his own show, credibility intact. Published March 17, 2013

Ian "Rooster" Jacobson (left), a student at the University of Texas whose multicolored mohawk attracted much attention at the Conservative Political Action Conference over the weekend, stands with Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, at a recent campaign event. (Photo courtesy of Ian Jacobson)

CPAC 2013: Conservative youth ready to rumble

The CPAC crowd reaffirmed its heroes with gusto: God, Ronald Reagan, the late Andrew Breitbart, Barry Goldwater, the Founding Fathers, William F. Buckley Jr., Sen. Rand Paul and a new entry to the traditional roster — the young. Published March 17, 2013

Inside the Beltway: CPAC world

Old Glory is a presence at the Conservative Political Action Conference. There are four immense American flags surrounding the main stage where all things CPAC transpire. There's some magic here of the Reagan variety. Published March 14, 2013

Former Rep. Allen B. West is among the speakers taking the stage early Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: The dawn of CPAC

One thing's for sure about the Conservative Political Action Conference, which begins Thursday. It starts bright and early at 8 a.m. sharp, and on a note of traditional patriotism and respectful gravitas, countering critics at Politico who already have declared that "CPAC muddle mirrors GOP mess," and deemed the event a "carnival." Published March 13, 2013

The One America News Network van in front of the Washington Times office in Washington.

The Washington Times extending reach with cable network

Herring Broadcasting, owner of the Wealth TV network, and The Washington Times announced Thursday that they have joined in a strategic partnership to create a new national cable news network called One America News, set to debut nationwide this summer. Published March 13, 2013

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg could have some union-related trouble involving the Teamsters.


Inside the Beltway: The Koch brothers’ doozy

"A doozy. A bombshell. It's a doozy wrapped in a bombshell exploding inside a Drudge siren." And so reads the headline from the L.A. Weekly, the West Coast insider publication that first broke news that Charles and David Koch — dutifully described as "infamous right-wing billionaires" — were interested in buying The Los Angeles Times, along with other media properties from the bankrupt Tribune Co. Nothing has been confirmed, but the idea already has gotten the press in a dither. A sampling of speculations that quickly emerged: Published March 12, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Obama’s elusive victory

The Obama administration is not necessarily winning the sequester game, despite blaming Republicans for the nation's economic woes, employing nimble rhetoric and staging melodramatic public events. Many Americans are not buying the buoyant White House talking points: a strong plurality of likely voters believe economic conditions in the U.S. are worsening, and the federal spending cuts will only compound the problem. So says a new poll from The Hill. Published March 11, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Maryland senator's bill to counter punishment for gun images in schools

Young children have been suspended recently from the nation's public schools for brandishing a toy bubble-blowing gun, for pointing their fingers in a gunlike matter or for mentioning a toy Nerf gun in casual conversation. The latest uber-caution can be found in Baltimore, where a second-grader was suspended after his teacher determined that he nibbled a strawberry Pop-Tart into a gun shape. Published March 10, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Still crying for Rep. Paul Ryan

Republicans apparently have not forgotten the earnest face and serious economic insights of Rep. Paul Ryan. The former vice presidential hopeful bests potential 2016 presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in theoretical matchups with Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Hillary Rodham Clinton, says a new Quinnipiac University poll of registered votes. The numbers: Published March 8, 2013

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Inside the Beltway: Publicity prowess

In the fine art of strategic prattle, House Democrats are "outhustling" Republicans, grinding out more press releases than their GOP rivals. Published March 6, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Jeb Bush-mania

His book is out, buzz is shrill. The press is aflap over Jeb Bush, otherwise known as son-of-president, brother-of-president and spouse-of-Latina. Will Jeb run in 2016? Will we have Bush No. 3 in the White House? Published March 5, 2013

Inside the Beltway: The guest watch

"I applied to speak and was ignored. I tried to get a room for an American Freedom Defense Initiative event, 'The War on Free Speech,' and was ignored. So, for the first time in five years, I won't be at CPAC," declares Pam Geller, the outspoken opponent of radical Islam, who has her own theories about the situation. Published March 4, 2013

Inside the Beltway: O’Bama on Irish-Americans

"They endured prejudice and stinging ridicule. But through it all, these new citizens never gave up on one of our oldest ideas: that anyone from anywhere can write the next great chapter in the American story," said President Obama on Irish-Americans Published February 28, 2013

Dr. Ben S. Carson (Courtesy of Dr. Carson)

Inside the Beltway: Carsonmania

It was almost inevitable. Dr. Ben Carson will be a featured speaker at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in mid-March, praised by American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas as someone deeply in touch with the fiscal and social challenges of the age, who nonetheless "represents the optimism and hope of the future of the conservative movement." Published February 27, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Republican resilience

It's pile-on time. "Republican party implodes" has been a popular headline with news organizations and pundits since November, and they continue to use it -- with zest. Critics are also fond of these phrases: Republican failure, Republican disgrace, Republican suicide, Republican-assisted suicide and Republican misery, among other dire descriptions in recent coverage. Published February 26, 2013

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Channeling Glenn Beck

"If we control the debate, we change politics. And if we change politics, we change the country," declares Glenn Beck, in a new public pitch to bring The Blaze, his independent libertarian broadcast network, to cable TV. Published February 25, 2013

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Perfect sequester storm

A canny White House and compliant media have used the sequester to generate a perfect storm of blame, meant to strand the Republican Party in a pool of lousy public opinion right into 2014. That's the intent, anyway. Published February 24, 2013