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"We'll be saving the American Dream one bus stop at a time," Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner said of the organization's involvement in a nine-month multi-city bus tour between now and November's elections. (Heritage Foundation)

Inside the Beltway

Who gets to be the conservative standard-bearer in the 2012 race? Published January 19, 2012

CNN anchorman John King moderates the 18th Republican presidential debate on Thursday, and plans to let the candidates set the tone and tenor of the event. (Photo courtesy CNN)

Inside the Beltway

CNN anchor John King tells Inside the Beltway there is no truth to rumors that the five remaining Republican presidential hopefuls will be "unleashed" in Thursday night's debate, or that the 18th encounter among rivals will devolve into mayhem. Published January 18, 2012

Inside the Beltway

There are rumblings that Mitt Romney, after Thursday night, may be a no-show in the six remaining GOP debates, now scheduled for Florida, Arizona, Georgia, California and Oregon through mid-March. Published January 17, 2012

J.C. Watts, a Gingrich national co-chairman, calls social conservatives' endorsement of Rick Santorum in Texas "misleading." (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Interpretations vary as to just what went on at last weekend's conservative gathering in Texas. Published January 16, 2012

Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is the Senate majority leader.

Inside the Beltway

The tea party movement is in the midst of re-invention, judging from the big doings at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convention, now under way in Myrtle Beach. Published January 15, 2012

Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina will join Fox News' Mike Huckabee in Charleston on Saturday for a Republican presidential candidate forum. (Photo courtesy Tim Scott)

Inside the Beltway

The South Carolina Tea Party Coalition descends on Myrtle Beach this weekend for a bustling convention. Published January 12, 2012

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's down-home cachet could play well in South Carolina, like it does at this campaign stop at Fatz Cafe in Gaffney. (Perry campaign photo)

Inside the Beltway

"Bare-knuckle politics. Now it matters. Bring your big-boy pants." Published January 11, 2012

Rep. James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, will share billing at a homeownership rally Thursday at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., with a Republican presidential hopeful.

Inside the Beltway

South Carolina press and public are puzzling over Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's decision to appear at a homeownership rally in Columbia on Thursday with Rep. James E. Clyburn, the Palmetto State's only Democratic congressman. Published January 10, 2012

Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto hosts Sarah Palin and Herman Cain on Tuesday night, and says the economy-driven Republican primaries have a global audience. (image from Fox Business Network)

Inside the Beltway

Behold: Sarah Palin and Herman Cain will visit Fox Business Network anchorman Neil Cavuto Tuesday night to weigh in on a presidential primary drawing a global audience — where the economy trumps all and a third-party interloper may be an uncomfortable reality. Published January 9, 2012

Republican Jon Huntsman Jr. is getting backing from the Boston Globe and other New England newspapers as he tries to surge in the presidential primary race.

Inside the Beltway

Do Republican officials need to fear the specter of some defiant third party bogeyman emerging to split the vote and keep President Obama in the White House? Published January 8, 2012

Inside the Beltway

Only six candidates will step up to their glittering lecterns during the 19th Republican presidential debate, airing Saturday night on ABC from Manchester, N.H. Published January 5, 2012

He's gaining momentum: There is a slim chance that Republican hopeful Buddy Roemer could make it into the ABC News candidate debate on Saturday. (Photograph provided by Buddy Roemer)

Inside the Beltway

Let Buddy debate: And so goes the repeat refrain from the camp of persistent Republican presidential hopeful Buddy Roemer, barred from the major presidential debates by sponsoring news organizations because of his flagging or nonexistent poll numbers. Published January 4, 2012

New tribes in the powerful independent voting bloc: "NPR Republicans" and "America First Democrats," says the upcoming book "The Swing Vote" by Linda Killian. (Image from St. Martin's Press)

Inside the Beltway

The arrival of Election Year 2012 has triggered a Pavlovian response of drooling and whining among journalists. Published January 3, 2012

Inside the Beltway

Jennifer Harper's Inside the Beltway column is on hiatus until Jan. 4. Published December 25, 2011

AW-W-W: 58 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats in the Washington area "believe in Santa and the magic of Christmas" says a WTOP poll. (AP photo)

Inside the Beltway

The Republican presidential hopefuls are essentially taking 72 hours off for Christmas, after months of ceaseless voter wooing, punctuated by big debates, grand gaffes and a shrill press. Published December 22, 2011

Financial whiz Ric Edelman and BET founder and business man Robert Johnson talk up "business solutions to social problems." (image from 3 Roads Communications)

Inside the Beltway

It's boot the Newt time: All those predictions that Republican presidential hopeful and polling darling Newt Gingrich would face a shrill gauntlet of critics before the Iowa primaries are coming true. Published December 21, 2011

** FILE ** In this Feb. 4, 2011, file photo, former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Calif. (AP Photo/Spencer Weiner, File)

Inside the Beltway

Journalists may scorn Sarah Palin, but they love covering her; it is sport, and the press went into full cry once Fox Business News leaked a Monday night interview with Mrs. Palin in which she revealed that, yes, "it's never too late" for candidates to jump into the 2012 race, adding "things can be shaken up ... who knows what will happen?" Published December 19, 2011

Ronald Reagan historian Craig Shirley's book "December 1942: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World" has made The New York Times bestseller list.   (Image from Thomas Nelson)

Inside the Beltway

Election fatigue: Seven out of 10 Americans can't wait for the 2012 presidential campaign to be over, preferring to "fast-forward" to the end, says Gallup analyst Jeffrey Jones. Published December 18, 2011

Just in time for the remaining presidential debates and upcoming primaries: the lives of Republican hopefuls, as told in graphic-style comic books. (images from Bluewater Productions)

Inside the Beltway

Newt Gingrich may want to start courting a voting bloc that could prove to be a sleeping giant in his campaign: the over-55 crowd. Published December 15, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking Iowa by storm in the final weeks leading up to the Republican presidential caucuses.

Inside the Beltway

The College Republican National Committee is poised to outdo the Occupy Wall Street crowd during the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in February. Published December 14, 2011