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Jennifer Harper

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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

Inside the Beltway: Cruz control

Hispanic voters soon may wonder whether the Democratic Party is friend or foe if the treatment of Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas is any gauge. "Rubio-ridicule, Cruz-hatred" reads the headline at Powerline, where analyst Paul Mirengoff notes that Democrats have made Mr. Rubio "the butt of bottle jokes," and just plain vilified Mr. Cruz. The party is getting jittery about the pair, the analyst says, and now seeks to slow their political momentum. Published February 21, 2013

The National Journal has ranked Sen. James E. Risch, Idaho Republican, as the most conservative senator. (Associated press)

Inside the Beltway: Who is James E. Risch?

Why, he's only the most true-blue conservative in the U.S. Senate, according to the National Journal's "Congressional Vote Ratings" released Thursday. The judgment was made by roll-call voting records alone. Sen. James E. Risch, Idaho Republican, has the most conservative voting record for 2012. Published February 20, 2013

Inside the Beltway: The trillion-dollar coin

The White House had better snap up one of these quick: American Mint has just issued the "$1 Trillion Coin," a gleaming, platinum-plated collector's coin that shows what the legendary, imaginary trillion-dollar coin could look like. There's an image of the U.S. Capitol's "Freedom" statue on the front, and "one trillion dollars" and "no legal tender" on back. And to the inevitable delight of both President Obama and the Republican Congress, this version is only $9.95. Published February 19, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Meteor media frenzy

Of interest to those following meteor mania around the planet, and hysteria over fireballs and sonic booms: The 101-year-old American Meteor Society is a straightforward resource amid alarming press accounts about big sizzlers overhead. Published February 18, 2013