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Jennifer Harper

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Independent presidential hopeful Buddy Roemer is in Washington Thursday to talk campaign finance corruption with Jack Abramoff and former Federal Election Commission chairman Trevor Potter. (Buddy Roemer)

Inside the Beltway: The secular press

Not many headlines, it seems, are inspired by the Creator these days: Just 19 percent of Americans say reporters and the news media are "friendly" toward religion. Published March 21, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Digging through the GOP details

Exactly who loves Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum? Based on a sizable compilation of Republican voter data, Gallup analyst Lydia Saad says Mr. Romney generally has a four-point advantage in tracking polls, and enjoys "slight leads over Santorum among men, women, residents of the East and the South, and Republicans aged 55 and older. Published March 20, 2012

"The American Dream is still alive for those who pursue it," writes Sen. Marco Rubio in his forthcoming autobiography. (Sentinel Books)

Inside the Beltway: The Marco Rubio mystery

Political handicappers want to know: Did Sen. Marco Rubio bump the publication of "An American Son" up from October to June 19 because he's actually the vice presidential nominee? Published March 19, 2012

**FILE** This photo from Dec. 13, 2011, shows workers inside Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Associated Press)

Twitter, Facebook don't sway public's news interest

The impact of Twitter and Facebook is not particularly significant in the competitive news marketplace, according to Pew Research Center's annual "State of the Media Report" released Monday. Published March 19, 2012

It's politics heartland style. RIck Santorum final campaign stop Monday night before the Illinois primaries: Davis Brothers Pizza in East Peoria, founded in 1948.

Inside the Beltway: Tracking calories in Illinois

It's politics heartland style, and there's bacon involved: Republican president hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum may battle mano a mano for the attention of Illinois voters before the state primary Tuesday. But the pair is not battling calorie a calorie. Published March 18, 2012

Inside the Beltway: To drop out, or not to drop out?

Some insist that Republican hopeful Mitt Romney is a shoo-in for the party's presidential nomination. Always in need of a story, however, the contrary press continues to declare a close race between Mr. Romney and Rick Santorum. So weary Business Insider political analyst Michael Brendan Dougherty has news for people: "Get used to it. Romney is winning." Published March 15, 2012

** FILE ** In this Jan. 9, 2011 file photo, George Clooney stands outside a polling station in Juba, then capital of southern Sudan. Actor and human rights activist George Clooney made a quiet visit to a volatile border region between Sudan and South Sudan last week, ahead of testimony he's giving before a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Pete Muller, File)

Inside the Beltway: Clooney to get Capitol Hill cameo

No red carpet, but there are sure to be gawkable moments and a few screams Wednesday morning when a celebrity with a cause celebre comes to call on the U.S. Senate. That would be George Clooney, who has the lead role in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The script is based around the security and disposition of Sudan and South Sudan. Published March 13, 2012

Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a rally in Brandon, Miss., Sunday evening, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Inside the Beltway: Is Gingrich ready to pair with Perry?

Is Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich ready to declare Texas Gov. Rick Perry his running mate? Fox News political analyst Carl Cameron is convinced the Gingrich campaign is on the cusp of pairing the two in time for the Republican National Convention in August. Published March 12, 2012

Inside the Beltway: No geezers allowed in GOP race

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney turns 65 on Monday. Frequently attired in jeans and shirtsleeves, Mr. Romney is not embracing geezerhood, though he has 16 grandchildren. Neither is Rep. Ron Paul, 76, who would rather be pedaling a Cannondale bike; Rick Santorum, 53, who has a 3-year-old child; or Newt Gingrich, 68, who cultivates the dynamic statesman look with perfectly tailored suits. Published March 11, 2012

Uggie, the canine star of the Oscar-winning film "The Artist." ** FILE **

Inside the Beltway: Correspondents' Dinner going to the dog

He's suave, he's svelte, he's funny, he wears a nice tuxedo and he knows when to sit. What better guest, then, for the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner? He's Uggie — the canine star of the Oscar-winning film "The Artist." Published March 8, 2012

In this undated image released by HBO, Julianne Moore portrays Sarah Palin, left, and Woody Harrelson portrays campaign strategist Steve Schmidt in a scene from "Game Change," a film about Palin and the 2008 presidential race, premiering Saturday, March 10, at 9 p.m. on HBO. (AP Photo/HBO, Phil Caruso)

Inside the Beltway: 'Game Change' comes to Washington

The stars soon invade the nation's capital, complete with a red carpet, lights, maybe some action. HBO's ballyhooed "Game Change," a dramatic rendition of the 2008 presidential election, premieres Thursday evening at the glittering Newseum, right there on Pennsylvania Avenue, blocks from the White House itself. Published March 7, 2012

Facial images based on forensic reconstruction of skeletal remains of two sailors aboard the USS Monitor, a CIvil War-era ironclad ship that sank in 1862,  have prompted one federal agency to ask the public: do you know these men? (Images from NOAA)

Inside the Beltway: Bill Maher unleashed

Bill Maher still lobs insults, though he's now a leading figure in the controversy over Rush Limbaugh's untoward comments about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, for which he apologized. Twice. Published March 6, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Super Tuesday dawns

The four Republican presidential hopefuls are simultaneously frantic, energized and poised to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Cable news channels are ramping up Super Tuesdat coverage like it's New Year's Eve. Or Halloween. Published March 5, 2012

The designer of a new T-shirt memorializing Andrew Breitbart says all sales profits will go to Mr. Breitbart's kin. (Photo courtesy Anthem Studios)

Inside the Beltway: Wear Breitbart

Now available: a new memorial T-shirt for conservative publisher and provocateur Andrew Breitbart, who died suddenly on Thursday. The "Breitbart is Here" T-shirt features his image and an additional wish: "Keep Andrew's spirit alive and help support his family." Published March 4, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Fund razing

President Obama has just hosted his 100th fundraiser in less than a year, according to a count by the ever-vigilant Republican National Committee, which has done all the math to reveal that if Mr. Obama spends an average of two hours at each event, that equals 200 hours — or "five work weeks". Published March 1, 2012

Andrew Breitbart (Associated Press)

Conservative 'happy warrior' Breitbart dead at 43

Andrew Breitbart, the conservative journalist, Internet pioneer and provocateur who helped reshape the media landscape with tenacious and original political style, died early Thursday after collapsing on the street near his Los Angeles home. He was 43. Published March 1, 2012

Inside the Beltway: 'Hilarity' was anything but funny

Alas, "Operation Hilarity" was not so hilarious. The expansive effort to persuade Democrats to vote for Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum in the Michigan primary included everyone from Michael Moore and to the Michigan Democratic Party. To their chagrin, Mitt Romney won anyway. Published February 29, 2012


Inside the Beltway: Romney goes Hollywood

The big shots are charging up glittering campaign machines, worthy of the silver screen. President Obama already has wooed Tinseltown and much of California, even as his strategists huddle to produce a blockbuster voter outreach, maybe in 3-D. But wait. Mitt Romney is not to be outdone. Published February 28, 2012

Inside the Beltway, the Michigan Democratic Party and President Obama's re-election campaign are among the well-funded, manipulative forces behind an anti-Mitt Romney ad and email campaign across the Woverine State, culminating in the Republican primary Tuesday. Published February 27, 2012