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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

Palin triggers feminism reversal

The old partisan thinking about motherhood and the workplace has been rapidly reversed in America by the McCain-Palin ticket. Published September 17, 2008

Palin magnified to iconic status

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is a cultural force in lipstick and high heels, the symbols of her feminity magnified by the press to iconic status. The media are fixated on the Republican vice-presidential hopeful, and coverage has been accused of being sexist and critical as partisan potshots turned to headlines. Published September 12, 2008

Obama ‘lipstick’ comment offends GOP

Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday blasted his Republican opponents' change message, but the analogy he used - "lipstick on a pig" - offended female Republicans, who said they saw an effort to compare the GOP's vice-presidential candidate "to a pig." Published September 10, 2008

MSNBC’s co-anchors cut feeds theories

Less than a week after Sarah Palin's vice-presidential acceptance speech allusion to the liberal media prompted chants of "NBC, NBC, NBC" from Republican convention goers, MSNBC has dropped Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as co-anchors of its major political coverage. Published September 9, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend: Hot for Palin

Vice President Hottie. The Conservative's Dream Girl. The adorability factor of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is harder to manage than it looks. Published September 7, 2008

What’s worse: the storm or the stress?

Amplified by frantic media reports and our own personal uncertainty, collective anxiety about hurricanes can be worse than the real weather event, say researchers. Published September 5, 2008

Is John McCain the compleat conservative?

Sen. John McCain has been trying to convince conservatives that he was one of them for years. Through heartfelt speeches and earnest declarations, Mr. McCain has described himself as a mainstream conservative, a Reagan conservative, a Goldwater conservative and even a Theodore Roosevelt conservative in a effort to win over skeptics. Published August 31, 2008

Can McCain do it?

Navy brat, fighter jock, POW, survivor, hero, husband, father of seven, lawmaker, presidential nominee. Insurgent, of course. Maverick always. Published August 31, 2008

Boomer narcissism, ageism debunked

Between "the Greatest Generation" and "Gen Y" - five generations of Americans now populate the nation, each distinct and boasting opinions about themselves and one another that often run counter to persistent cultural myths. Published August 26, 2008

Networks ready nonstop convention coverage

There used to be 24 hours in a day. Now it's almost triple that - at least for the broadcast hordes who will be covering the Democratic National Convention. Published August 25, 2008

Infidelity thins convention ranks

Call girls, little white lies, big fat fibs, wavering loyalties, wincing spouses, unfortunate remarks, questionable use of campaign funds and, yes, one possible love child. Published August 25, 2008