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Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

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

Inside the Beltway: Zero hour

"There's been a lot written about this movie; some of it has popped off the entertainment page to the news page. And from time to time, some of you might have wondered if we would have liked to comment on some of that coverage, and the answer is yes," said Mark Boal, writer of "Zero Dark Thirty," during his acceptance speech for best picture at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday. Published January 8, 2013


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