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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

A man tallies the votes from the five ballots cast just after midnight, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Dixville Notch, N.H. Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden received all five votes. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)

States jockey for first-in-nation voting status

There is a kind of mystical importance associated with the phrase "first in the nation" when it is attached to the noble act of voting in a major election. New Hampshire has long starred in this coveted role in presidential primaries.But the state would have to repeal that law should the tradition go out the window in the name of change. Published January 26, 2023

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference in Statuary Hall at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Press conference unveils new Kevin McCarthy

It took only one emphatic public exchange with a reporter to change the image of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, in which he revealed his reasons for denying two California Democrats -- Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell -- a place on the House Intelligence Committee. Published January 25, 2023

Former U.S. Secretary of State and CIA director Mike Pompeo has penned a new book titled “Never give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love,” released Tuesday by Broadside Books. (Image courtesy of Broadside Books)

Humorous Pompeo stands up for nation, faith, and denies press his scalp in new book

Mike Pompeo, who has served as secretary of state and CIA director, has had a multitude of noteworthy experiences. He graduated first in his class at West Point, served as a cavalry officer in the Army, graduated from Harvard Law School, excelled in the business world, represented Kansas in the House of Representatives and is, at the moment, a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute. Add "author" to that resume. Published January 24, 2023

A new book could prompt readers to take a sharp look at the U.S. voting process. The title tells all.  “Stealing Your Vote: The Inside Story of the 2020 Election and What It Means for 2024” by Christina Bobb focuses on the alarming potential of election fraud. (Image courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing).

‘Stealing Your Vote’ details 2020 election lying and cheating

A new book is arriving Tuesday that could prompt readers to take a sharp look at the U.S. voting process. The title tells all. "Stealing Your Vote: The Inside Story of the 2020 Election and What It Means for 2024" by Christina Bobb focuses on the alarming potential of election fraud. Published January 23, 2023

President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House to mayors who are attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, Friday, Jan 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden’s docu-drama fuels news coverage

So now it is President Biden's turn to stand by as facts and rumors circulate that classified documents were found at his personal residence in Delaware following a search by FBI personnel on Friday. So how is that playing in news coverage? Published January 22, 2023

Monica Lewinsky has emerged as a Vanity Fair columnist, public speaker and a social media wrangler who has reflected on her relationship with then-President CLinton 25 years ago. (Associated Press)

Monica Lewinsky remembers; 25 years of hindsight, lessons

Wait. It's been a quarter-century since then-President Bill Clinton had a dalliance with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky? Yes, it's true -- and Ms. Lewinsky herself is reflecting on that phenomenon in an essay for Vanity Fair on "the 25th anniversary of the Bill Clinton calamity," according to the publication. Published January 19, 2023

President Joe Biden speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Press speculation increases: Step aside, Mr. President

The serious soul-searching about President Biden's potential quest for reelection in 2024 is in high gear following revelations that classified documents were discovered at the president's private residence in Delaware. Will he run? Should he run? The press is percolating with the possibilities, and the battle lines are clearly drawn. Headlines from the last 48 hours reveal complex, dueling sentiments: Published January 18, 2023

Fox News late night host Greg Gutfeld continues to trump his rivals on other networks with average weeknight audiences which have numbered as large as 2.5 million. (Image courtesy of Fox News).

Ratings king Greg Gutfeld rules late-night roost

Let us spend a moment with Fox News Channel late-night kingpin Greg Gutfeld. His signature program, "Gutfeld," averaged 2.1 million viewers through 2022, according to Nielsen Media Research. Published January 17, 2023

This 1884 photo provided by the Theodore Roosevelt Center shows Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands of Dakota Territory. He became enamored with the rugged, beautiful territory. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Theodore Roosevelt Center/Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Site)

GOP must be ‘engaging in the fight’ on environment

Republicans are missing a huge opportunity to connect with the American public as the next presidential election looms. The time appears to be right to best Democrats in one arena they monopolize -- green-minded concern for the climate and the environment. Published January 16, 2023

A McKinsey/IPSOS Opportunity Survey of 25,062 U.S. adults conducted March 15-April 18, 2022 also found that 87% of the respondents would opt to work remotely if given the chance, while 58% said they had already done so. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

House bill wants study on impact of remote work

Some legislation on the radar: House Republicans have introduced a bill that could attract friends and foes -- along with those who relish working in an office, and those who prefer the remote or telecommuting work experience. Published January 12, 2023

President-elect Donald Trump faces his supporters at a midtown New York City hotel for the first time on election night, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP PHOTO)

Donald Trump picks up some buzz in latest poll

Former President Donald Trump still wields some power in public opinion polls. "Just over a year out from the Republican Party's first presidential nominating contest, Trump remains the front-runner in a hypothetical crowded field," reports Eli Yokley, a Morning Consult analyst. Published January 11, 2023

Arriving Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023: “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Moral and Cultural Case for Teaching the Great American Story,” by Timothy S. Goeglein, who has a clear message — if not a warning — for the nation. (Image courtesy of FIdelis Publishing).

Book advocates that Americans guard those values

The title tells all in a new book arriving Wednesday: "Toward a More Perfect Union: The Moral and Cultural Case for Teaching the Great American Story," by Timothy S. Goeglein, who has a clear message -- if not a warning -- for jittery Americans. Published January 10, 2023

People pass through Salt Lake City International Airport Monday, June 27, 2022, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Census data shows U.S. population gains mostly from immigration

A new study of Census Bureau data reveals the influence of "immigration from abroad" on the U.S. population. Kenneth M. Johnson -- a senior demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire -- has delved into newly released Census numbers. "Immigration from abroad, which increased last year, accounted for 80% of the population gain," he said. Published January 9, 2023

Newly-elected Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., talks to reporters after a contentious battle to lead the GOP majority in the 118th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Media engages in ‘hysteria’ over McCarthy victory

So how did he do in the press? Newly minted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy drew attentive but predictably critical news coverage following his election to that esteemed position on Capitol Hill. Published January 8, 2023

Multiple books published by commercial trade publishers featuring the text of the Select January 6th Committee Final Report have arrived according to Jim Milliot, editorial director for Publisher’s Weekly, an industry source. (Harper Paperbacks)

Jan. 6 anniversary providing a book bonanza for publishers

Politics still makes popular reading. Very popular reading, in fact. Books published by commercial trade publishers featuring the text of the Select January 6th Committee Final Report have arrived, according to Jim Milliot, editorial director of Publishers Weekly. Published January 5, 2023

An American flag waves below the U.S. Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

‘Save the republic’ as a New Year’s resolution

So 2023 has finally arrived, Capitol Hill is in turmoil and the citizenry is either confused, concerned or uninterested. Now what? "Here's how to be happy in 2023. Make saving the Republic your New Year's resolution," advises Roger L. Simon, a columnist for The Epoch Times. Published January 4, 2023