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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

To read Jennifer Harper's Inside the Beltway columns, click here. Contact her at [email protected].

Articles by Jennifer Harper

Inside the Beltway

Yes, why not use the Great Capital Earthquake of 2011, the proverbial Quake-a-mageddon to exercise vigorous political humor? Published August 23, 2011

Inside the Beltway

How much do we mock our politicians? Much. Rough math reveals that late night comedians generate well over 100 jokes a week about leaders and lawmakers. Published August 22, 2011

**FILE** Marco Rubio (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Sen. Marco Rubio still gets billed as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2012, and there are those who pine for him to run for president one day. Published August 21, 2011

Inside the Beltway

President Obama's newest job approval ratings: 32 percent. Published August 18, 2011

Inside the Beltway

An online reader survey from the Palm Beach Post finds that 55 percent of the respondents say President Obama should cancel his vacation, in deference to serious U.S. economic problems; 45 percent disagree. Published August 17, 2011

"The Amazing Kreskin," the renowned mentalist, has made his prediction of who will win next year's presidential election and gave it to five people in sealed containers not to be opened until Nov. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Forget the bus tour. In 24 hours, it's White House vacation time, punctuated by the outcry of those who say a presidential respite at this juncture is ill-timed and clueless. Published August 16, 2011

Inside the Beltway

More nicknames have emerged for President Obama's heartland bus tour: Rolling Blunder, Bus Force One, Running on Empty, America Under the Wheels, Hell on Wheels, Beast Bus. Published August 15, 2011

Glenn Beck describes his upcoming "Restoring Courage" rally in Jerusalem as a "nonpolitical, nondenominational gathering to stand up for Israel." (GlennBeck.com)

Inside the Beltway

As it rolls forth down the asphalt Monday, President Obama's three-day bus tour of the Midwestern heartland already has earned a nickname. It's "Greyhound One" according to observant wags at Lucianne.com and elsewhere in the conservative blogosphere. Published August 14, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Candidates are expected to tuck into pancakes, local barbecue and/or fried anything, all in the name of voter appeal. Published August 11, 2011

Christine O'Donnell's new book, "Troublemaker: Let's Do What it Takes to Make America Great Again," will set the record straight, she says, "on who she is and where she comes from." Ms. O'Donnell will travel to Washington on Aug. 18 for a book signing. (St. Martin's Press)

Inside the Beltway

She's not done yet. Former U.S. Senate hopeful Christine O'Donnell has penned a book titled "Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again." It will set the record straight, she says, "on who she is and where she comes from" and "voice the quiet anger" of voters frustrated with politics and political antics. Published August 10, 2011

Inside the Beltway

"America must regain its optimistic pioneering spirit again," says Sarah Palin in a new Facebook entry. Published August 9, 2011

Andy Parks (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

Parks to host new Washington Times radio show

Veteran radio host and newsman Andy Parks will return to the Washington airwaves with an afternoon program that combines his inimitable personality with a powerful news source and established media brand. Published August 8, 2011

FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe's message to the White House: "Time to get out of the tea party's way." (Photo provided by FreedomWorks)

Inside the Beltway

Blaming the plainspoken tea party and its lawmakers for debt woes and downgrades is a mighty hard sell. Now it's tea partyers' turn to speak. Published August 8, 2011

"The downgrade is Wall Street's way of claiming dominance over political jockeying. It would be a mistake for investors to panic," says financial guru Ric Edelman, host of the new PBS show "The Truth About Money." As Mr. Edelman advises, "Knowledgeable, prudent investors must stay the course." (Provided by Ric Edelman)

Inside the Beltway

The aftermath of the Standard & Poor's downgrade of America has become melodramatic, bombastic and intensely politicized. Dire claims that America's exceptionalism is at an end have surfaced, along with partisan vilification. Published August 7, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's planned participation in a prayer event on Saturday has set off come carping. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Bashing Rick Perry has become real sport in the press. And no wonder. Journalists realize that the Texas governor could impinge on President Obama's re-election efforts and are acting accordingly. Published August 4, 2011

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Andrew Breitbart didn't doctor a recent video clip. So says Huffington Post in an apology for giving that impression.

Inside the Beltway

Just in case you're wondering, this is President Obama's horoscope on his 50th birthday: "Others are inspired and enthralled by you, magnetized by your aura of glamour. Published August 3, 2011

President Clinton celebrates his 50th birthday on Aug. 18, 1996, with a 300-pound American flag cake. President Obama's 50th, being celebrated at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom on Wednesday, promises to be equally lavish. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

Will President Obama party like it's 1996? Indeed, his big 50th-birthday bash in Chicago on Wednesday is lavish, crawling with celebrities and fawned over by a prattling press. Published August 2, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Among the 10 finalists chosen for the 2011 America's Best Restroom Contest is the Presidential Luxury Restroom Trailer, currently situated in Chantilly and the epitome of commode elegance from the porta-potty geniuses at Don's Johns. Published August 1, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Though the debt ceiling debate has ended up a twisted wad of belligerence, at least it has prompted the million-dollar question: Is Congress stuck on stupid or stuck in neutral? Published July 31, 2011