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Jennifer Harper

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A pamphlet done up like an old school Hollywood guide to the stars chronicles the life of President Nixon, born 100 years ago this Wednesday. He died in 1994.

Inside the Beltway: The media’s lousy aim

"Anti-gun New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was half-right when he told NBC's Jimmy Fallon that there is 'scant coverage' of other firearms news, because there is virtually no coverage of self-defense uses," says Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a Washington state-based interest group. Published January 6, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Silver-screen Clinton

Many wonder if Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will make good on her offer to testify about the Benghazi killings. But many also wonder if she is a buzz-worthy Hollywood property. Currently in development is "Rodham," a new dramatic movie chronicling Mrs. Clinton's adventures as a young, single Justice Department attorney who was working to impeach President Nixon while dallying with a certain ambitious politician from Arkansas named Bill. Published January 3, 2013

Want to own a bit of history? A California house once owned by Ronald and Nancy Reagan is on the market with an asking price of $4,999,000. An octagonal swimming pool is among the features of the four-bedroom ranch-style home. (Coldwell Banker)

Inside the Beltway: The bane of Boehner

Oh, woe is House Speaker John A. Boehner. Well, maybe. As the vote for his re-election as speaker looms Thursday, the Ohio Republican faces claims that conservative stalwarts on Capitol Hill are angry and organized, and there's no guarantee he'll retain his title. Published January 2, 2013

Inside the Beltway: The ‘Reagan’ movie

At last, some Hollywood news of interest: silver screen conservative Jon Voight is likely to take on a meaty role as a Soviet agent in "Reagan," an upcoming $35 million independent production backed by an unapologetic, determined team of creatives, including producer Ralph Winter, a force behind the "X-Men" film series, plus Mark Joseph, a producer associated with "The Passion of the Christ" and "The Chronicles of Narnia." Published December 20, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Boehner = Pelosi

House Speaker John A. Boehner now resembles one iconic Democrat according to a fierce coalition of 25 prominent conservatives who don't much sympathize with the lawmaker who's tasked with taming the "fiscal cliff," appeasing the White House and maintaining integrity. The group has advice for the Grand Old Party. Published December 19, 2012

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