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Jennifer Harper

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The Nation's Capitol now has an official "native" cocktail - the Rickey, invented locally in 1883, now celebrated with proclamation and fancy plaque. (Image courtesy of Laughingcocktail.com)

Inside the Beltway

While lawmakers argue and the White House cringes, consider that the nation's capital now has an official, "native" cocktail. Oh well, why not? D.C. Council member Jack Evans will issue an official proclamation Thursday, naming the "Rickey" as D.C.'s very own libation, and declaring July to be "Rickey Month." Published July 13, 2011

Inside the Beltway

He's persistent, that's for sure. Al Gore will not let go of his climate crisis and is couching his alarmist arguments about global warming with a new twist. Published July 12, 2011

Less than nine months after he was fired from National Public Radio, Juan Williams has struck back with "Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate." (Crown Publishing Group)

Inside the Beltway

Well, that was quick. Less than nine months after he was unceremoniously fired from the delicate airwaves of National Public Radio, Juan Williams has returned fire with "Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate." Published July 11, 2011

"The science on climate change is in, the debate is over and the time for action is now," says Arnold Schwarzenegger, the newest celebrity climate alarmist.

Inside the Beltway

President Obama turns 50 on Aug. 4. So naturally, his personal moment has become the "50 for 50 Sweepstakes," an aggressive Democratic campaign tool aimed at grass-roots loyalists. Published July 10, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Why, no golf for President Obama, of course. But maybe pizza, ordered in. Mr. Obama has issued a command appearance for eight lawmakers and five administration heavies at the White House for 1 p.m. on Sunday to confront the prospect of the debt ceiling and its raising, lowering or sidestepping. The deadline on this issue is just over three weeks away. And it's always prudent to remember the bumper sticker, "Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion." Published July 7, 2011

Inside the Beltway

"Ronald Reagan monument unveiled outside London's U.S. embassy. New statue promptly takes 15-point lead in GOP presidential poll." Published July 6, 2011

Inside the Beltway

He's issued solutions to save America from a rotten economy, energy challenges and weird health care. He's dogged his way through Iowa and New Hampshire. He survived what a gleeful press framed as a "mass exodus" of key staffers. Does presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich deserve "a second look for 2012?" National Review pitched the question; more than 7,000 of its readers responded. Alas, 88 percent say Mr. Gingrich does not warrant that precious re-examination. Published July 5, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Inside the Beltway is on a brief hiatus. Published June 28, 2011

"Anyone but Obama": A motto for Republicans who just can't pick an electable candidate from the changing field of presidential hopefuls. (Image from Americantees.com)

Inside the Beltway

Public affairs wizards remain on duty following President Obama's announcement of a military draw-down in Afghanistan, eager to reassure Americans that the strategy is not a "rush to the exits," at the expense of hard-won gains in the region. Published June 23, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul joins with Rep. Barney Frank and other Democrats to back first-ever legislation to "end the federal war" on marijuana. (Image from Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican.)

Inside the Beltway

He does well in straw polls. Now he may do well in grass polls, too. Sure to add an interesting dimension to the White House derby on Thursday: presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, joins Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, to introduce the first-ever legislation to "end the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax and control marijuana without federal interference," says a spokesman. Published June 22, 2011

** FILE ** Comedy Central host Jon Stewart. (Image from Comedy Central)

Inside the Beltway

Pundit, newsman, comedian, nervous female? Jon Stewart's media identity is at stake following his appearance on "Fox News Sunday." Published June 21, 2011

Jordan Sekulow, policy director for the American Center for Law and Justice, wrote in a letter to NBC that the network "offended millions of Americans by cutting the phrase 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance" during its U.S. Open coverage. (Photo courtesy of the American Center for Law and Justice)

Inside the Beltway

Despite a mea culpa, NBC is not off the hot seat for cutting "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, not once but twice, during a video montage during the recent U.S. Open coverage. Published June 20, 2011

CURRENT TV
Ready to rumble: Keith Olbermann's progressive news and opinion show premiers on Current TV on Monday night.

Inside the Beltway

Disgraceful, pathetic, scumbags, offensive, outrage, incredible, "let's boycott." Published June 19, 2011

William Ayers was with the Weather Underground in 1970s. Is that why Canada wouldn't let him in? (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Oh dear. For the second time, friend-of-President Obama and possible "Audacity of Hope" ghost writer William Ayers has been blocked from entering Canada. Published June 16, 2011

Radio host Rush Limbaugh has unveiled a new line of bottled  
teas with some American colonial-inspired marketing. (Image from  
Twoifbytea.com)

Inside the Beltway

"The liberals are coming! The liberals are coming! ... Two If By Tea represents traditional American values of capitalism and the pursuit of excellence. Each bottle is designed to rise above the sameness and mediocrity that threatens our great nation." Published June 15, 2011

Rod Blagojevich got far more scandal news coverage than Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, New York Democrat, according to a Pew Research Center analysis. (AP Photo)

Inside the Beltway

In the scandal kingdom, he's only a duke, perhaps. Published June 14, 2011

Adrien Brody has been suggested as a suitable actor to play Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, should Hollywood go after the New York Democrat's story. (AP Photo)

Inside the Beltway

It was inevitable. There's talk that Rep. Anthony D. Weiner's constantly mutating photo scandal could provide ample fodder for a big fat Hollywood movie. Published June 13, 2011

REGNERY PUBLISHING
Much of his staff may have resigned, but Newt Gingrich soldiers on with the release of a new book and a televised presidential debate on Monday night.

Inside the Beltway

Newt Gingrich has not disappeared, yelping, into in a great whirlwind of bad press and slamming doors. Published June 12, 2011

Inside the beltway

Uh-oh, it's a Republican rumble, maybe a 4.5 on the party's Richter scale. Yes, Newt Gingrich's aides quit and his presidential campaign "imploded" according to a gleeful press. The 2012 election seismology shifted, sending insiders scrambling for footing, but eager to handicap who might be next on the shifting roster. Texas Gov. Rick Perry? Rudy Giuliani? Oh, the events made a hollow boom, all right. Published June 9, 2011