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Jennifer Harper

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

Articles by Jennifer Harper

**FILE** President Obama welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao as he arrives for a Group of 20 summit dinner in Pittsburgh in September 2009. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

The monumental presence of China already is on American soil, well before the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao, who arrives in Washington on Tuesday with a bustling entourage and a full agenda. Published January 17, 2011

Chris Matthews (Associated Press) **FILE**

Inside the Beltway

Pf-f-f-t. There goes all that newfound civility in press and politics. Published January 16, 2011

Inside the Beltway

The tragedy cycle is just about complete. Published January 13, 2011

Anthony Miller, chairman of a Republican group in Tempe, Ariz., has resigned the post in the wake of the Saturday shootings in the state. (Arizona Republican Party)

Inside the Beltway

Do lawmakers need bodyguards now? Almost half of Americans agree with the idea. Published January 12, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Sensible America has spoken. The nation does not think "harsh political tone" had anything to do with Saturday's deadly shootings in Arizona, where a Democratic lawmaker was severely injured, this according to a nimble CBS News survey revealing that 57 percent of respondents agreed that rhetoric and the terrible events were unrelated. Published January 11, 2011

**FILE** Glenn Beck (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway

The hypersensitive public discourse on violence, rhetoric, civility, guns, politics and the press barrels on, 72 hours after the Arizona shootings. Published January 10, 2011

Craig Silverman of regrettheerror.com found that NPR, Reuters and others wrongly reported the death of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (regrettheerror.com)

Inside the Beltway

News coverage of the Arizona shooting showcased a wide spray of partisan attacks in the 48 hours that followed the tragedy, with collateral damage and much talk of political rhetoric and biased media coverage. Published January 9, 2011

Inside the Beltway

A Bush-era stalwart is about to re-emerge after a four-year absence, wielding a hefty book, and with news of Elvis. Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's 832-page memoir, "Known and Unknown," is due on bookshelves Feb. 8. Published January 6, 2011

Inside the Beltway

A picture is worth a thousand words, sound bites, talking points. Published January 5, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Safety in numbers? Certainly not. Multiple alarming headlines warn: "National debt at $14 trillion." Published January 4, 2011

Inside the Beltway

A big, juicy debate with f-bombs and finger-pointing? Uh, no. The five hopefuls who gathered Monday to make their case for Republican National Committee chairmanship at the National Press Club were perfectly on message, delivering flawlessly timed talking points in dulcet tones. Their handlers must have been delighted. Published January 4, 2011

Inside the Beltway

It could turn into yet another midday TV soap opera. The RNC chairmanship debate at the National Press Club among six voracious hopefuls has been handicapped, poked at and speculated upon by journalists for a month — billed as allegory for the party itself. Oh, the drama. Published January 2, 2011

Inside the Beltway

Lose weight, stop smoking? Uh, no. Revere the U.S. Constitution and save money? You betcha. Published December 30, 2010

Inside the Beltway

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie caught cold criticism because he was on vacation in Florida when the storm dumped 30-plus inches of snow on the Garden State. Published December 29, 2010

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered the release of documentation on President Obama's birth "as quick as we can."

Inside the Beltway

It's time to play "find the birth certificate," even as President Obama is presumably enjoying the carefree, balmy breezes of his Hawaii. Published December 28, 2010