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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

Party’s main event a spectacle

There has been a cast of thousands over the years. They laughed. They cried. They hooted and hollered, toasted God and country and hammered on party platforms - not to mention each other. There have been riots, splendid oratory, posturing of the most political sort, and plenty of song and story. Published August 22, 2008

Poll: American views of business dive

Economic worries and public uncertainty about modern life in general don't unfold in a vacuum. There's a price for all that free-floating angst - and American institutions and major industries are paying it. Published August 15, 2008

Missing pilot to be brought home

His life ended in the skies over eastern Germany six decades ago. Second Lt. Howard C. Enoch Jr. was 19, a Kentucky patriot with a cheerful grin - a fighter pilot who had been in the U.S. Army Air Corps less than a year. He took off in his P-51D Mustang from a British air base one early spring, never to return. Published August 14, 2008

Olympics lip-syncing hits low note

Forget the economy. Forget tanks rumbling across Georgia and Obama-mania. Somebody call Milli Vanilli, and maybe William Hung. Published August 13, 2008

Fat and healthy not an oxymoron

It could be weighty news for the chubby. "Overweight" doesn't always mean unhealthy, according to research published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association. Published August 12, 2008

Inside Politics

Jesse Ventura is still capable of a deft stranglehold. Published August 8, 2008

Inside Politics

Make nice with Vice President Dick Cheney or else, cautions a Wall Street Journal editorial. Published August 7, 2008

Inside Politics

Republican support among Cuban-Americans is no longer a given, according to some observers — particularly the New York Times, which recently posed the question, "Will Little Havana go blue?" Published August 6, 2008

Inside Politics

Flyover country is speaking out. Almost 3,000 "rural adults" were surveyed by Zogby International — revealing they favor Sen. John McCain over Sen. Barack Obama in the presidential matchup. Published August 5, 2008

Inside Politics

Many chortled over the appearance of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in a campaign spot for Sen. John McCain. Miss Hilton's mother is not amused. Published August 4, 2008

‘Survivors’ voting their grief

"Angry Survivors" could be a new demographic for political strategists to consider, harboring a subtle dynamic that could influence the presidential election. Published August 3, 2008

Economy leads Americans’ list of woes

American angst is now centered on the economy, our worries fixated on gas prices, personal finances, unemployment, inflation, stagnant real estate - dotted with a few resilient pockets of optimism, according to research released Friday. Published August 2, 2008

American figures fatten

The future population of America could be very, very hefty, according to an analysis released Monday by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Published July 29, 2008

Directors in a league of their own

Maybe it's in the eyes - a certain gaze that is both shrewd and resolute, the look of a lawman who most likely has seen it all. And then some. Published July 25, 2008