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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

To read Jennifer Harper's Inside the Beltway columns, click here. Contact her at [email protected].

Articles by Jennifer Harper

Lawmakers rank way down on the list of America's most respected professions, according to a new Gallup poll. (Associated Press)

Gallup: Lawmakers among least trusted for their ethics and honesty

Americans praise nurses, engineers and medical doctors for their honesty and ethics in a big way. Lawmakers, however, have not earned such admiration. Senators and members of Congress, in fact, are at the bottom of the heap when it comes to the public's trust factor. So says Gallup, in its annual assessment of 22 professions. Published January 9, 2020

Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity named top 'streaming' talk show hosts

Talk radio -- broadcast live before millions of listeners -- has spawned another important audience. That would be those folks who listen to these shows when they are streamed on the internet, on-demand, and at any time of day. Yes, there is an industry source that now measures audiences who listen to popular hosts, well, whenever. Published January 9, 2020

It's campaign rally season. President Trump shares a moment with the crowd during a recent campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)

Trump and the art of the campaign rally

There are no January doldrums in 2020. With Super Tuesday just around the corner, President Trump's campaign has lined up a fast and furious series of his signature jumbo campaign rallies — a wise decision given the competitive, chaotic nature of the political marketplace. These cheerful, high energy events are a known brand on the campaign trail, and have proved to be effective, media friendly and good for both president and his fans. These legendary rallies typically draw 12,000 cheerful Trump voters inside major arenas, with another 10,000 or so proudly partying outside in their red MAGA hats. Published January 8, 2020

A new Hill/HarrisX poll finds that 90% of Republican voters give President Trump a positive favorability rating, his highest on record. (Associated Press)

Trump wins record support from GOP voters

The liberal news media and the Democratic Party have been pushing a convenient theme for years: The election of President Trump caused a rift in the Republican Party, pitting establishment GOPers against grassroots folks who raced to the polls in 2016 and voted for Mr. Trump. That convenient and melodramatic theme just keeps resurfacing among journalists convinced that the Grand Old Party is no longer grand. Published January 7, 2020

Some headlines have broached the possibility of "World War III" following President Trump's decision to order an airstrike on Iran. (Associated Press)

Trump critics fixate on 'World War III'

Well, there's never a dull moment. Assorted news organizations and critics of President Trump immediately escalated their outreach and broached the idea that World War III was now a possibility following the death of Iran Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani in a precision U.S. airstrike in Baghdad. Published January 5, 2020

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is among the many broadcast talents who have made talk radio itself the top media choice among Americans. (Rush Limbaugh)

Nielsen: TV viewing now 'dwarfed' by huge talk radio audience

Sorry TV titans and fancy producers, but the American media landscape is not dominated by streaming video, Sunday night football and vampire dramas. Here's the realty check. It's syndicated talk radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity -- plus their fellow broadcast talkers -- who are the winners. None other than Nielsen Media Research reveals some stark facts about public preference. Published January 2, 2020

President Trump's accomplishments have continued to pile up this year, no matter what kind of coverage the media provides. (Associated Press)

True Trump victories: A year-end review

The news media is not keen on reporting positive news about President Trump and his administration. Yet Mr. Trump's victories continue to pile up whether the press reports them or not. What follows is a small compendium of those significant and fact-driven victories, as reported in Inside the Beltway in the final weeks of 2019. Published December 26, 2019

Take a brief trip past the year's assorted outrage moments, as reported in the Inside the Beltway column by Jennifer Harper. (Associated Press)

The best political outrage of 2019

We have just gone through a year full of outrage, melodrama and shenanigans — and quite a few victories for President Trump, despite it all. Congratulations on making it this far, hopefully with some optimism toward the future. What follows is a small sampling of Inside the Beltway items which appeared throughout 2019, reflecting the current political landscape — with 2020 just around the corner. Published December 25, 2019

In this Dec. 20, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump arrives with first lady Melania Trump to sign the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Melania Trump is quietly forging her way through President Donald Trump's impeachment. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

You can bet on it: Bookmakers say Trump will win in 2020

Political discord and the impeachment vote have not marred President Trump's odds of reelection. They have actually improved, according to betting aggregators US-Bookies.com, an industry source that tracks the trends of the nation's betting, as well as the consumer aspects. Published December 24, 2019

As impeachment fever continues, sales of Trump-themed gifts and merchandise are going through the roof, say multiple reports. (Courtesy of DonaldJTrump.com)

MAGA mania: Pro-Trump gifts are top sellers this season

It's MAGA mania. One Boston merchandiser has discovered that selling positive Trump-themed items is good business. Very good business, in fact. Keith Lambert — who founded the pro-Trump interest group New England for Trump in 2015 — has opened five pop-up stores in the Boston area. Sales are very brisk on items emblazoned with the all-time favorites slogans: "Make America Great Again," "Keep America Great" and now, "Make America Greater." Published December 22, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Surprise report: 20% of the audiences at Trump rallies are Democrats

President Trump's huge campaign rallies have become the signature event of his presidency, well known for upbeat energy and huge crowds. Some 10,000 to 14,000 Trump fans are typically inside the host arena, with thousands more outside watching the event on multiple Jumbotron screens. Now comes a report that 20% of these rally audiences are Democrats. Published December 20, 2019

White House advisor Ivanka Trump was instrumental in ensuring that paid family leave for federal employees made it through the Senate. The first daughter's role is an example of the unflappable Trump family. (Associated Press)

Trump family stays on mission : 'They love this country'

President Trump has not been alone in his determination to hold down the fort at the White House and keep America great, to use his own phrase. Mr. Trump's family have been a consistent and unflappable presence throughout the impeachment war, which has not been easy. Published December 19, 2019

President Trump blasted Democrats in public outreach to voters. He called it an "impeachment scam." Supporters have rallied around him. (Associated Press)

The impeachment war begins

Impeachment news coverage has erupted with a shower of caustic content, speculation and premature conclusions about the future of President Trump and his administration. Social media is brimming with hashtags such as #MerryImpeachmas while progressive activist groups march in protests. Mr. Trump, however, has his own straightforward message for the 65-million-member army who voted for him — and Americans in general. Published December 18, 2019