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Jennifer Harper

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

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A GoFundMe outreach to pay for "Trump's wall" is accruing donations at the rate of about $1 million a day. (Brian Kolfage)

$19 million in 19 days: Donations to GoFundMe effort for Trump's wall continue to arrive

While the debate over illegal immigration continues, President Trump's devoted fans have been contributing to an intense crowdfunding effort to help finance the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. "The Trump Wall" GoFundMe outreach is approaching $19 million in donations, accrued in 18 days, and donated by 312,000 people. Published January 4, 2019

A new analysis by the Pew Research Center finds that 88 percent of the 116th Congress are Christian. Of the 253 Republican members, just two do not identify as Christian, both representatives are Jewish. (Associated Press)

Numbers: Congress is 88 percent Christian

A new Pew Research Center analysis reveals that 88 percent of the members of the 116th Congress are Christian. This finding prompted the pollster to declare that "Christians are overrepresented in Congress." But let us examine the numbers. Of that 88 percent, 55 percent of the lawmakers are Protestant, 30 percent Catholic, 13 percent Baptist, 8 percent Methodist, and 5 percent each say they are Episcopalian, Presbyterian or Lutheran. Published January 3, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the University of Utah Thursday Dec. 13, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Biden says he initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning. Biden was greeted with a standing ovation when he spoke amid speculation about whether he'll launch his own campaign for president. He did not directly address the possibility of another run in the speech that marks his final public event for 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Ready for 2020: Biden seeks to drop the title of 'former' vice president

As a potential presidential hopeful, Joe Biden currently leads most opinion polls as the candidate of choice for Democrats. But he doesn't want to be known as a "former" anything according to a New York Times analysis of Mr. Biden's nascent campaign strategy. Published January 3, 2019

Then-U.S. Senate hopeful Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in American Fork, Utah, during the summer of 2018. (Associated Press)

Mitt Romney damages his political brand with Trump attack

In an era when voters are weary of negative politics and Capitol Hill gridlock, it is perhaps unwise for an incoming Republican lawmaker to attack President Trump immediately. But that is what soon-to-be-Sen. Mitt Romney did with a damning Washington Post op-ed, which vilified Mr. Trump, the same man who had endorsed Mr. Romney in 2012. Elite observers quickly read the tea leaves and declared that Mr. Romney now intends to emerge as the leading GOP foil to the president, and potentially challenge him in the 2020 presidential election. Published January 2, 2019

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump outside the White House earlier this year. (AP Photo)

Trump and the 'God factor'

The Rev. Franklin Graham has once again stepped up to support President Trump, fault the news media for hostile coverage and ask the nation to pray for the 45th president. Published December 24, 2018

Christmas past: A photo taken Dec. 14, 2008, shows the vacation home where President Obama stayed during his holiday in Hawaii. (Associated Press)

Memories of Christmas past: The $35 million Obama travel bill

It is a complex Christmas Eve in the nation's capital, what with a partial government shut-down, media melodrama, partisan strife and a change of plans for President Trump, who canceled his holiday trip to Florida amid all the big doings. White House business calls however, and as we wait on the outcome, let's examine a Christmas vacation from a previous era, courtesy of our own Dave Boyer, the meticulous White House reporter for The Washington Times. He wrote this account on December 22, 2016. Published December 23, 2018

President Trump steps out among his fans at a rally. The press, however, suggests that the loyalty of Trump voters could be wavering. (Associated Press)

The next big thing: News media now claims Trump voters 'angry' at president

It has happened before, and it will happen again. The news media continues to craft coverage that suggests that the iron-clad support of Trump voters for their president is eroding. Ironically, the stories are arriving just as President Trump's fans are contributing to a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the southern border wall. Citizen donations for "We the People Will Fund the Wall" hit $9 million in four days and continue to roll in. There are 200 similar efforts on GoFundMe. Published December 20, 2018

A new GoFundMe site dedicated to raising money to build the border wall topped $1 million in three days, with a goal of raising $1 billion. (GoFundMe via Brian Kolfage)

GoFundMe outreach for Trump wall races past $16 million

On Tuesday, Inside the Beltway reported the existence of some 200 GoFundMe sites dedicated to raising money for the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. One has now hit the jackpot. Some friendly news organizations have now lit up with the story of "The Trump Wall," a GoFundMe site created on Sunday which charged past $1 million in donations by Wednesday, part of a goal of raising $1 billion to fund the barrier. Published December 19, 2018

President Trump joins Border Patrol San Diego sector chief Rodney Scott before a prototype unit of the border wall just outside San Diego. (Associated Press)

It's a crowd: 200 GoFundMe sites trying to raise money for Trump's border wall

Building a new border wall between the U.S. and Mexico sparks much argument and analysis. Take, for example, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which compared the total cost of the wall — which the organization placed at $25 billion — to the overall cost of caring for or managing immigrants living in America illegally. Published December 18, 2018

In this Jan. 4, 2016, file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Santa Teresa, N.M. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

'Why hasn't someone made a GoFundMe for Trump's wall?' asks columnist

"Why hasn't someone made a GoFundMe for Trump's wall?' asked New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin, who offered a rundown of the complicated political and financial dynamics regarding the future of the southern border between Mexico and the U.S. Published December 17, 2018

Blaze Media founders Mark Levin and Glenn Beck are flanked by hosts Eric Bolling on the left, and Steve Crowder on the right. (Blaze Media)

Mark Levin, Glenn Beck media merger: Up front and honest

The recent media merger between CRTV and TheBlaze - founded by conservative broadcast titans Mark Levin and Glenn Beck, respectively - is fired up, clearly focused on both audience and marketplace, and ready to rumble. The new hybrid is Blaze Media, an appropriate name since the entity drew 2 billion social media views in its first days of existence and is expected to reach 165 million people a month through on-demand broadcast, assorted digital platforms and of course social media itself. Published December 16, 2018