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Jennifer Harper

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Lafayette Park is a favorite spot for protests. The space across from the White House will be site for the "Unite the Right" rally on Sunday. (Associated Press)

'Unite the Right' rally, counterprotests make for a complicated Sunday at Lafayette Park

Locals in the nation's capital are used to protests in their town; They have been a fixture in this city for many, many decades. Sometimes, these events draw a million people, sometimes a dozen. They can be raucous, dramatic, heartfelt, amazing, amusing, disturbing and, yes, violent. The city may see all of those Sunday when several factions have their say in Lafayette Park, an attractive seven-acre public space directly across from the White House. Published August 9, 2018

Former President Barack Obama is golfing and and dining while on vacation on Martha's Vineyard this month, just as he did while in office (Associated Press)

Barack Obama, Michelle on vacation in Martha's Vineyard

In keeping with an old tradition, former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have returned to their customary summer retreat. The couple are visiting Martha's Vineyard and have been quietly enjoying themselves on the low-key and picturesque island -- likely to stay until the end of August according to the Martha's Vineyard Times. The local news organization has much to cover. Published August 8, 2018

Then-reality TV star Donald Trump, wife Melania and baby son Barron pose after he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. (Associated Press)

Hollywood's obsession with Trump, 'shared values' and a sidewalk star

President Trump's Hollywood star now shines upon a cultural moment. He received the honorary symbol 11 years ago for his work as a reality TV star and owner of the Miss Universe Pageant. But alas. After Mr. Trump's sidewalk star was vandalized, city officials in West Hollywood called for its removal Monday night — citing both his policies and "behavior towards women," and claiming the president does not meet the "shared values" of their city. Published August 7, 2018

Alex Jones, in the center of a police escort in Cleveland, Ohio, has produced content which raised the ire of major social media providers. (Associated Press)

Independent media rallies behind Alex Jones

Things move very quickly in the media realm, and in quirky ways. Despite the fact that Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify banned controversial broadcast host and "Infowars" creator Alex Jones, he still led the national trends on Twitter throughout Monday. Published August 6, 2018

Trump supporters (left) and protesters (right) yell at each other during a rally at Freedom Hill County Park in Michigan during a 2017 rally. (Associated Press)

Partisan divide over Trump approval now a record-breaking chasm

In theory, Republicans and Democrats agree on a few things not related to the political arena. Endearing pets and fabulous sunsets are good. Toenail fungus and grub worms are bad. Yes, the two sides might agree on these subjects. But Republicans and Democrats do not agree on President Trump, and the divide has grown into a record-breaking chasm according to new research. Published August 5, 2018

Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett's newest book "The Russia Hoax" has hit No. 1 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list. (Broadside Books)

Fox News authors Gregg Jarrett, Jeanine Pirro top New York Times bestseller list

The New York Times has just revealed its latest best sellers list. Two Fox News stalwarts now occupy the top spots of this elite and heavily influential list. Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, author of "The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump," is ranked No. 1 on the Times' non-fiction list. Published August 2, 2018

A woman holds her hands in prayer as she watches Pope Francis on a  monitor as people await his arrival on Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

God still the co-pilot: U.S. remains the most religious among all Western nations

It is fashionable in some circles to purge the presence of God from everyday life, whether it's by banning religious images or language in public places, or media coverage that implies that faith-based anything is not inclusive. Such thinking is not new. In 1966, Time Magazine published an edition titled "Is God Dead?" -- suggesting that the faith was wavering, and the U.S. was on a path to secularization. Published August 1, 2018

"You're probably going to see me get back in there after this election cycle," said former Rep. Allen West, Florida Republican, on Tuesday. (The Washington Times)

Allen West: Ready to run again

When former Rep. Allen B. West left office five years ago, the Florida Republican had a final message for his constituents. Published July 31, 2018

"Trump Anxiety Disorder" has been getting a lot of global press lately. The symptoms sound similar to "election anxiety" and "Trump trauma." (Associated Press)

Media fixated on 'Trump anxiety' in 2016 too

There is considerable hubbub in the global press about the existence of "Trump Anxiety Disorder," as recently reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Published July 30, 2018

President Trump meets the press. A poll suggests that there could be emerging sympathy for him and his confrontations with the media. (Associated Press)

49 percent of Americans don't approve of the way media treats Trump

President Trump frequently takes on both the hostile news media and persistent negative coverage. That we know. What's new is this: there could be emerging public sympathy for Mr. Trump's side. Half of all Americans - 49 percent - say they do not approve of "the job the media has done handling Donald Trump"; that includes 77 percent of Republicans, 50 percent of independents and even 28 percent of Democrats. Published July 29, 2018

Major General George Armstrong Custer, shown here in May, 1865. He was best man for Confederate Capt. John "Gimlet" Lea's wedding. (Library of Congress)

America's next 'civil war'

It is an alarming headline: "America's next Civil War will be worst than our last," writes H.W. Crocker III, a historian and novelist who points out that in summer 1862, Union Capt. George Armstrong Custer attended the wedding of Confederate Capt. John "Gimlet" Lea at Bassett Hall in Williamsburg, Virginia, as best man. Published July 26, 2018

Mike Lindell, inventor of My Pillow, laughs with President Donald Trump during a "Made in America," roundtable event in the East Room of the White House in Washington in 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

MyPIllow guy Mike Lindell on Trump: 'Best president this country has ever had'

President Trump has some high-profile fans who remain completely steadfast in their admiration. Mike Lindell -- the now famous inventor of MyPillow -- is one of those. He has been in the nation's capital this week, making an appearance in an iconic spot -- the main floor of the Trump International Hotel, just three blocks from the White House. Published July 26, 2018