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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 Politics Weekend: Hardball's toll

The heavy partisan stroke and rigorous demands of MSNBC's "Hardball" and other cable opinion programs exact a price from those journalists who appear on them. It ain't easy. Published June 14, 2009

CDC plans massive swine flu immunization

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released numbers showing the extent of the swine flu outbreak in the United States, one day after the World Health Organization officially declared the illness - also called H1N1 - to be a worldwide pandemic. Americans should anticipate a massive immunization campaign in late September. Published June 13, 2009

Long-awaited shift to digital TV arrives

The big DTV moment is here - like New Year's Eve, labor pains or the millennium. After months of hand-holding public service announcements, intense how-to workshops, television specials and confusion over discount coupons, Americans will finally get their DTV. Published June 12, 2009

Times wins 10 SPJ awards, 6 first-place

The Washington Times won 10 awards Wednesday for reporting, photojournalism and criticism in the Society of Professional Journalists' local 2008 Dateline Awards contest. Published June 11, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Voight calls Obama 'good actor'

Actor Jon Voight likens the Obama administration to a Hollywood script, rife with technique and craft, very compelling but not necessarily real. Published June 10, 2009

Boston Globe union says no to givebacks

After two months of public drama between the New York Times and the Boston Globe, members of the Boston Newspaper Guild voted Monday night to turn down the Times' demands that the union come up with $10 million in concessions on wages and benefits -- or risk the shuttering of the paper. Published June 9, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: Needing America

President Obama is a cheerful traveler and apologizes for all sorts of things with great sincerity and flair. His speechifying is almost unparalleled. But wait a minute. Gruff observers will have none of it, even as the engines of Air Force One cool down from overseas flights this week. Published June 7, 2009

Studies: Conservatives easier to disgust

Conservatives are more easily disgusted than liberals when it comes to such squeamish things as maggots, questionable toilet seats and the prospect of eating monkey meat, studies show. Such sensitivity, it seems, plays a role in their ideology and moral values. Published June 6, 2009

Coverage uneven for abortion doctor, soldier

Two apparent politically motivated slayings within 24 hours resulted in some very uneven news coverage. The press paid far more attention to the killing of late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller than it did to Army recruiter Pvt. William Andrew Long. Published June 5, 2009

New Zealand rated most peaceful, U.S. 83

Americans pining for a peaceful existence might consider moving to New Zealand, the most peaceful nation on Earth, according to the 2009 Global Peace Index released Tuesday by an Australian-based research group that counts former President Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner and the Dalai Lama among its endorsers. Published June 3, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: ET phone Obama

OK, so 53 percent of American voters say that intelligent life exists on other planets, according to a recent survey from Rasmussen Reports. But things are partisan among the planets. Published May 31, 2009

Sotomayor finds favor in coverage

Old speeches showcasing her virtue as a "Latina woman" and suggesting judges could make policy gave instant, visceral fodder to Judge Sonia Sotomayor's critics in Republican circles this week. Published May 29, 2009

Times announces radio talk show hosts

Longtime radio personality Melanie Morgan and award-winning newspaper columnist John McCaslin have been named the anchors for The Washington Times' new morning-drive radio show, set to debut nationwide June 15. Published May 28, 2009

9/11 'misleads' Americans' view of terrorism

Sept. 11 looms large as the defining example of a terrorist attack on the United States, but it was one of more than 1,000 in recent years and a very atypical example. Published May 28, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: The Obama effect

It's more than a honeymoon at this point. Forgiving press coverage and public adulation of President Obama and his emerging policies is a given. Published May 24, 2009

Obama, Rolling Thunder meet privately

At 3:30 p.m. Friday, President Obama met privately with representatives of the group famous for their support of active duty military, veterans and prisoners of war — not to mention their distinctive blend of patriotism that includes Old Glory and motorcycles. Published May 23, 2009