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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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A presidential Thanksgiving past: President George W. Bush prepares to serve dinner to U.S. troops in Baghdad after paying a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit  to Iraq in 2003. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Inside the Beltway: The pies have it

"Oysters on half shell, cream of chicken soup, fried smelts, sauce tartare, roast turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, baked squash, boiled onion, parsnip fritters, olives, chicken salad, venison pastry, pumpkin pie, mince pie, Charlotte russe, almond ice cream, lemon jelly, hickory nut cake, cheese, fruits, coffee." And so dictates the 1899 presidential Thanksgiving Day menu. Published November 21, 2012

**FILE** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks Nov. 17, 2012, during Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Shalom, America

"In the Middle East, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?" asks a CNN survey released Monday. The simple question has multiple answers. Overall, 59 percent of Americans side with the Israelis, 13 precent with the Palestinians. Three percent sympathize with both, 11 percent with neither, and 13 percent have no opinion. Published November 19, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Beware the bargain bin

While politicians dream of a blockbuster holiday shopping season that could blunt public fear of the "fiscal cliff," some creative rivalry is brewing among competitive retailers. "Violent shopping tactics" could await eager consumers in major cities, such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, warns, a major online retail site. Published November 18, 2012

Image: Associated Press

Inside the Beltway: Staying conservative

Though the mainstream media and certain elected officials are advising the Republican Party to gut itself and re-emerge as a spiffy, contemporary, compliant, agreeable and infinitely more charming new political entity, the majority of Republican voters essentially reject that idea. They're at home with the Grand Old Party as it is. Published November 15, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Herding Republicans

The liberal media are "shamelessly" using President Obama's re-election to steer the Republican Party away from the conservative mindset, says a pithy new Media Research Center study on recent national news coverage. Indeed, conservatives have been painted as a moldering, deranged bunch in the last week. Published November 14, 2012

Inside the Beltway: General quarters

"Too many generals are taking orders from their privates," summarizes Rush Limbaugh regarding the ever-mutating news about former CIA Director David H. Petraeus. Alas, there is collateral damage from all the bombshells, however. Published November 13, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Fifty shades of bimbo

The mutating "Petraeus affair" has conveniently filled the media vacuum left after the presidential election ended, providing press, pundits and assorted officials a veritable gold mine of material. Published November 12, 2012

Inside the Beltway: What Romney intended

"Smaller, simpler, smarter. Believe in America," reads the official motto emblazoned upon "Office of the President-Elect," a website launched by Mitt Romney's campaign through a Utah-based software site in late October. It was publicly visible for a time, soon to be discovered by several news organizations and deactivated after Mr. Romney lost the election. Published November 8, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Call to arms

"Do not despair. Do not give up. Fight back! The Obama agenda can only succeed if we let it." Published November 7, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Anticipation

"Regardless of the final results of the election, Wednesday, Nov. 7 continues a gigantic battle between small-government, constitutional conservatives and the big-government Republicans for the heart and soul of the GOP," longtime conservative maven Richard Viguerie tells Inside the Beltway. Published November 6, 2012

President Bush greets Artie Muller, executive director of Rolling Thunder, and singer Nancy Sinatra at the White House in 2004. The motorcycle group is strongly supporting Mitt Romney for president. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Thundering for Romney

Mitt Romney's got the biker vote. Rolling Thunder, the exuberant nonprofit membership organization for motorcycle enthusiasts, military vets and old-school patriots are near unanimous in their support of Mr. Romney following a vote Saturday during a conference in the nation's capital. Published November 5, 2012

Inside the Beltway: The odd scenario

An unusual speculation on the election outcome emanates from a small campus in Buffalo, N.Y.: agitated America could end up with President Mitt Romney and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, insist Canisius College political science professors Michael Haselswerdt, a Democrat, and Kevin Hardwick, a Republican. The race is so close that there's a viable chance that the presidential candidates could split the electoral votes evenly, 269-269. Published November 4, 2012

Inside the Beltway: That pesky change

The campaigns only wish they could trademark the word "change," which technically functions as both noun and verb. President Obama and Mitt Romney are duking it out over who's got the biggest "change" in the nation as Election Day looms, now some 96 hours away. Published November 1, 2012

What could it predict for the election outcome? Chia Obama and Chia Romney sprout with distinctive difference as they grow in The Washington Times newsroom. (The Washington Times)

Inside the Beltway: Wave with Johnson

"Waste your vote on me," begs Gary E. Johnson to curious or disenchanted voters everywhere. The Libertarian Party candidate is calling on fierce local fans to amplify his message with grass-roots fervor, a campaign strategy of former presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul. Published October 31, 2012

Times247 website honored for best home page

The Washington Times-affiliated website has won an EPPY Award award for best home page for sites drawing fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors. Published October 31, 2012


Escape artist Curtis Lovell has advice for voters who suddenly feel trapped by the election, politics and media coverage.

Inside the Beltway: The inevitable Gore

"Hurricane Sandy is a disturbing sign of things to come. We must heed this warning and act quickly to solve the climate crisis. Dirty energy makes dirty weather," says Al Gore, commenting on Hurricane Sandy in his personal blog. Published October 30, 2012

Actress Lena Dunham attends the world premiere of "Supporting Characters" during the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 20, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Inside the Beltway: The ebbing charm

Critics wonder how long women will tolerate certain aspects of President Obama's more curious re-election efforts. There's the odd new campaign video, for example, showcasing HBO's "Girls" actress Lena Dunham, who compares voting for the first time to losing her virginity. Published October 29, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Strategic revels

Indicators that an OSS Society event is under way: the official party favor is an elegant martini glass, strolling violinists play "The Ballad of the Green Berets" and multiple conversations begin with such phrases as "General, I haven't seen you since Afghanistan." Published October 28, 2012