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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

A graduate of Syracuse University, Jennifer Harper writes the daily Inside the Beltway column and provides additional coverage of breaking national news, plus long-term trends in politics, media issues, public opinion, popular culture, Hollywood foibles and “eureka” moments in health and science.

She has been a frequent broadcast commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Voice of America, Citadel Broadcasting, Talk Radio Network and other news organizations. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Ms. Harper grew up in Texas and arrived in Washington in time for Watergate -- and has been tracking the political and media landscape ever since.

She is an active member of the American Federation of TV Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild. She has won 14 journalism awards during her years at The Washington Times.

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

A new book, a new video and lots to say: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis takes his place in the political spotlight.

DeSantis brand emerges in new book about Florida’s success

"Florida's blueprint." This little phrase could very well carry Florida Gov. Ron. DeSantis right into the 2024 presidential race. He has a book arriving Tuesday titled "The Courage to Be Free: Florida's Blueprint for America's Revival," which has already reached No. 1 on the Amazon best-seller list. Published February 27, 2023

Caption: The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express are stepping up to help the nation’s beloved small restaurants and cafes, offering $1 million in grants to help the often historic establishments with inevitable expenses during challenging times. (AP Photo)

A delicious idea about funding historic preservation

For the third year in a row, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is stepping up to help the nation's small restaurants, bolstered by some very handy support from American Express. We're talking about those beloved spots which add much character and charm to the American legacy. Some could get a handsome boost. The two organizations have teamed up to fund the "Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program" for the third year in a row. Published February 26, 2023

There has been much speculation itno whether President Biden, here stepping off Air Force One at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in January, will run for another term. One noted presidential historian says it's a done deal. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Does Biden have the ‘mo-joe’ to run again?

One question continues to draw the attention of the curious press, pollsters, analysts, and fans and enemies alike. At 80, does President Biden have the personal determination and energy -- the "mo-Joe," so to speak-- to run for reelection when the time comes? Published February 23, 2023

President Richard M. Nixon hosted the largest dinner in White House history in 1973, to honor the final Vietnam War POWs freed under the accord ending the war.(AP Photo/File)

Nixon Foundation to recall historic White House dinner

Fifty years ago, the Vietnam War was ended by President Richard Nixon and hundreds of prisoners of war came home to their families. After the Paris Peace Accords were signed on Jan. 27, 1973, 591 prisoners of war were repatriated -- poised to restart life at home. Some four months later -- on May 24, 1973 -- the president and first lady Patricia Nixon staged an immense dinner at the White House and welcomed the returning POWs. Published February 22, 2023

In this Oct. 21, 2016, file photo Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally, in Johnstown, Pa. Trump surprised the nation by winning the White House, a victory made possible in part by becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania since 1988. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Republicans for president — lots of them

The Republican Party appears to have a wealth of capable people interested in the 2024 presidential elections, which are 622 days off as of Wednesday. And who are they? Published February 21, 2023

This variety of fish was caught in a tidal creek, but PETA doesn't want any such creatures on the White House menu for Lent. (The Washington Times)

A Lenten note to Biden: Please keep fish off the menu

One organization has made an unusual request to President Biden as the Lenten season arrives. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has submitted a polite but firm culinary demand to the White House. "Will you please leave fish off your plate and go vegan for Lent?" Published February 20, 2023

Caption: The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The IRS has advice about tax questions over the holiday

"With the nation entering a peak period for filing taxes, the Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers to use online tools to get answers quickly and avoid phone delays during a traditional peak period for IRS phone lines around Presidents Day," the federal agency said in an advisory released in advance of the holiday. Published February 19, 2023

This Feb. 7, 1984 photo made available by NASA shows astronaut Bruce McCandless II, participating in a spacewalk a few meters away from the cabin of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Challenger, using a nitrogen-propelled Manned Maneuvering Unit. The Johnson Space Center says McCandless died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 in California. (NASA via AP)

Bipartisan group of senators brings hefty support for AARO

AARO? Get used to this abbreviation. It stands for "All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office" and is focused on the Department of Defense's response to unidentified aerial phenomena, plus national security concerns and possible health effects associated with such sightings. Published February 16, 2023

The U.S. Capitol is seen from a unique angle against a bright blue sky in this image. (AP PHOTO)

Confusion reigns over who leads two major parties

There seems to be a distinct disconnect between some Americans and their elected leaders. "Who would you say is the leader of the Republican Party?" That is an open-ended question on a wide-ranging Associated Press poll of U.S. adults released Wednesday that included some interesting theoretical questions and some telling results. How did the Democratic Party fare with this very same question? There's intrigue on both sides of the aisle. Published February 15, 2023

The Heritage Foundation stands close to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Image courtesy of The Heritage Foundation.)

Heritage Foundation marks 50 years of efforts to save America

The Heritage Foundation is marking its 50th year of "fighting for the everyday American." The conservative policy organization was founded on Feb. 16, 1973 -- and is planning a grand celebration in April that will showcase conservative leaders and allies, stalwart supporters and original thinkers. Published February 14, 2023

Earth is seen from space  — among the many intriguing images from NASA. (Image from NASA)

Eager media orbits UFO shootdowns

It is of note that most news organizations appear to favor the traditional term "UFO" (unidentified flying object) as opposed to "UAP" (unidentified aerial phenomenon). Published February 13, 2023

In this Dec. 11, 2020 file photo, a sign in an Atlanta neighborhood  urges people to vote early in Georgia's two U.S. Senate races. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

Trump to counter Democrats’ ‘ballot harvesting’ with his own

"The radical Democrats have used ballot harvesting to cancel out your vote and walk away with elections that they never should have won. But I'm doing something huge to fight back," he advised in a voter outreach released Sunday. "Our presidential campaign will launch our own Ballot Harvesting Fund in the states where the Left has been cheating the system. Published February 12, 2023

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia Republican, arrives for President Biden's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

State of the Union response shows Republican gumption returning

"Republicans in Congress need to be far less decorous, especially until November 2024. Put more plainly: less Mitt Romney, more Marjorie Taylor Greene," advises Stephen Kruiser, senior columnist and associate editor for PJ Media. Published February 9, 2023

The Manhattan skyline is seen from the observatory of the Empire State Building in New York City on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)

New York City hotel plan for asylum-seekers clocks in at $93,500 a day

So the only way to go is up? Yes, both in height and price. Migrants continue to arrive in the Big Apple, prompting New York Mayor Eric Adams to make a command decision. He vows to convert the 50-story Holiday Inn Manhattan hotel into a large-scale shelter for new arrivals. It has 492 rooms that are now intended for families and single women, according to the mayor's office. Published February 8, 2023

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks while campaigning for U.S Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) ** FILE **

Nikki’s big announcement next week already drawing press buzz

Could Feb. 15 be a red-letter day for Nikki Haley? The two-term conservative former governor of South Carolina and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is set to "deliver a special announcement on her vision for a strong and proud America" in seven days, and on her home turf in Charleston, South Carolina. Press accounts insist that this day will mark the beginning of her 2024 presidential bid. Published February 7, 2023

A Fox News poll has asked a dismal question in a new survey: “Would you say America is a dysfunctional family that’s breaking part?” It found that 81% of voters agree with that.  (AP Photo)

America sees itself as a ‘dysfunctional family that’s breaking apart’

A Fox News poll has asked a dismal question in a new survey: "Would you say America is a dysfunctional family that's breaking part?" Here are the dismal answers to that inquiry: 81% of registered U.S. voters agree. That includes 86% of Republicans, 86% of independents and 74% of Democrats -- plus 83% of women and 79% of men. Published February 2, 2023