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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

Times reporter cites 1st Amendment rights

National security reporter Bill Gertz told a federal court on Tuesday that protecting the confidentiality of his sources was "absolutely essential" to his ability to do his job and divulging the people he talked to concerning a Chinese espionage case would infringe on his First Amendment rights. Published July 23, 2008

Papers on reporter’s subpoena released

A federal judge in California on Monday unsealed a document revealing internal deliberations in the Justice Department over issuing a subpoena to Bill Gertz, national security reporter for The Washington Times, for him to divulge confidential sources in a story he wrote about a Chinese spy ring more than two years ago. Published July 22, 2008

Newspaper editors hopeful amid woes

The news about newspapers is alarming but not hopeless - and there are actually a few good tidings, according to a report released Monday by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Published July 21, 2008

Times reporter to testify in federal court

Bill Gertz, national security reporter for The Washington Times, will appear in federal court Tuesday in California to answer questions about the need to protect confidential sources in news stories. Published July 20, 2008

Hopefuls will need the right moves

Forget about heartfelt speeches and clever banter. White House hopefuls, let's see a little dais action. Published July 18, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend

Stop the presses. Take a deep breath. Someone is actually defending President Bush. Published July 13, 2008

American pride highest in the world

Soaring gasoline prices, tumbling stocks, the war, the nukes, the bickering between political parties as trouble looms. Yet the nation's patriotism remains very much intact. Alive and well, in fact. Published July 4, 2008

Yankee Doodle President

Let the star-spangled games begin. The countdown has begun for July Fourth, historically one of the busiest days of the year for White House hopefuls, each vying to appear presidential in the classic sense - a true man of the people - strong, steady and hand over heart. Published July 1, 2008

Poll finds joy on rise in majority of nations

Score one for the smiley face guy: The world is getting happier, according to the cumbersome but compelling World Values Survey released Monday by the National Science Foundation. Published July 1, 2008

Majority in U.S. see silver lining

Americans are livid about gas prices, ambivalent lawmakers and the cost of groceries. They fret about terrorism and climate change as shrill news coverage ramps up their fears. But a certain amount of national optimism and positive spirituality is intact, despite it all. Published June 30, 2008

Inside Politics Weekend

Public anger over higher gas costs "spells a major opportunity for conservatives because liberal policies and nonsensical regulations are directly responsible for higher energy prices. ..." Published June 29, 2008

Single species, dozens of names

Blame it on the breadcrumb sponge, aka Halichondria panicea, Alcyonium manusdiaboli, Spongia compacta, Seriatula seriata and 52 other names. Published June 26, 2008

View of Arab press risks U.S. relations

American politicians have misjudged Arab news organizations since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, potentially compromising cordial relations between the U.S. and the Middle East and hurting U.S. foreign policy, say researchers who contend that the collective press in the region has received a bum rap. Published June 25, 2008

Report on Alhurra said to skew facts

CBS News and Pro Publica "distorted facts" in a collaborative investigative story that aired Sunday about Alhurra TV, according to officials from an independent federal agency that supervises all U.S. government-supported, non-military international broadcasting. Published June 24, 2008