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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

Inside Politics Weekend: Missing volunteers

What has become of all the grass-roots volunteers who worked so tirelessly to get Barack Obama elected president? No one knows at the moment, apparently. Published December 14, 2008

Beliefs in God, UFOs prevail

Americans believe in God, angels, heaven, miracles - such traditional religious thinking is still much a part of the nation's mind-set, according to research that also plumbs a few less traditional beliefs. Published December 12, 2008

Staunch GOP still has faith in Bush

Conservative Republicans have not deserted President Bush as his last days in the White House ebb away. Published December 12, 2008

News industry needs a bailout?

Some wonder whether the news media could use a federal buyout, just like Wall Street and auto manufacturers. Published December 9, 2008

Gregory to host ‘Meet the Press’

David Gregory has been named moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," the network announced Sunday, ending months of parlor games and insider speculation over the much-coveted position. Published December 8, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend: Days of yore

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived on American soil for the first time on this day in 1987, enjoying "Gorbymania," a cowboy hat and the company of President Reagan. Published December 7, 2008

Blogging dangerous for foreign journalists

More bloggers and online scribes have been jailed worldwide than any other breed of journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which released its annual "prison census" survey Thursday. Published December 4, 2008

Texas, FEMA feud over storm relief

As far as many Texans are concerned, Hurricane Ike never went away. Almost three months after the storm struck the Lone Star State, debris and animal carcasses still litter coastal beaches. Published December 4, 2008

Medical security tops urgency list

The nation's health worries have taken a distinct turn. It's not fear of cancer, heart disease or AIDS that alarms Americans the most. It's health care. Published December 2, 2008

Inside Politics

Negative press is beginning to surface. There's caterwaul from assorted pundits and whining from some supporters. Still, the nation has high hopes for President-elect Barack Obama. Published November 28, 2008

Inside Politics

Could this offer a subtle clue about President Bush's inclinations once he leaves office? Mr. Bush introduced an intriguing new term in his Thanksgiving proclamation this year. Published November 27, 2008