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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

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

Sun shines on the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Year-end spending bill called ‘a grab bag of theft’

Some close observers are not impressed by the gigantic $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that rocketed through Capitol Hill this week. "It's a grab bag of theft. But it's what they do here," declared nationally syndicated radio host Chris Plante. Published December 22, 2022

Migrants form a line to receive warm food donated by residents in downtown El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Texas border cities were preparing Sunday for a surge of as many as 5,000 new migrants a day across the U.S.-Mexico border as pandemic-era immigration restrictions expire this week, setting in motion plans for providing emergency housing, food and other essentials. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Headlines from El Paso as border crisis looms

How are things in El Paso, Texas? It could be considered a "ground zero" of sorts for the illegal immigration crisis -- which is expected to escalate if and when Title 42 is lifted. This law limits immigration to prevent the introduction of communicable diseases in the U.S. Published December 20, 2022

The U.S. Capitol is seen here at dawn, complete with reflecting pool. (AP Photo)

Poll asks Republicans to define the ‘good Republican’

Is there such a thing as the ideal Republican -- the "good" Republican? One pollster was determined to find out. "Small government, America First, liberty and freedom, religious values, personal responsibility. These are just some of the ways Republican voters describe what it means to be a good Republican," stated a new analysis from Monmouth University, which indeed polled 563 Republicans to get their take on the subject. Published December 19, 2022

A lone shopper pushes a cart past a display for Christmas sales in a Costco warehouse late Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Lone Tree, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

What we most dread about Christmas gift giving

The National Retail Federation projects that holiday spending could reach $960.4 billion, with 91% of consumers celebrating the season. Well, good. There is another aspect to consider however. Gift giving can miss the mark. Politically-themed gifts in particular made a list of the most "unwelcome" presents this year -- despite clever embellishments, such as the coffee mug which reads "All I want for Christmas is a new president." Published December 18, 2022

The 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is lit after a ceremony on the West Front Lawn of Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. This year's tree is a white fir from the Six Rivers National Forest in California. The tradition of decorating the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree dates back to 1964. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Christmas songs inspire bipartisan agreement

In a year of discord and disagreement, there's at least one thing that Republicans and Democrats agree on at the moment. Both sides think "Silent Night" is the best Christmas song of all. Yes, there's a poll which asked respondents to name their favorite seasonal tunes, of both the sacred and commercial varieties. Published December 15, 2022

This image released by NBC shows Rachel Maddow, former host of  "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, who now has a Hollywood project underway, according to industry reports.  (MSNBC via AP)

Maddow’s first Hollywood venture based on ‘Great Sedition Trial’

Longtime MSNBC host Rachel Maddow -- who retired from her prime-time perch earlier this year vowing to "work on special projects" -- seems to have begun that quest. And it appears to be a big deal -- a very big and complex deal even by Hollywood standards. Published December 14, 2022

A new faith based organization now vows to support former President Donald Trump should he run for president in 2024. (image courtesy of Pastors for Trump)

‘Pastors for Trump’ arrives in time for 2024 campaign

Some have not given up on the political future of former President Donald Trump. Pastors for Trump has arrived, founded by Jackson Lahmeyer, lead pastor at Sheridan Church in Tulsa and a former candidate for U.S. senator in Oklahoma. He has a very specific mission. Published December 13, 2022

The number of veterans serving in Congress is approaching a "record low" according to a new Pew Research Center study.  (AP Photo)

Veterans still scarce in Congress, despite slight upward tick

How many military veterans are now members of Congress? The answer: Not many. "The new Congress will have a few more veterans, but their share of lawmakers is still near a record low," reported Pew Research Center analyst Drew DeSilver. Published December 12, 2022

An 18-foot high Douglas fir adorns the Blue Room at the White House on Dec. 2, 2009. The first known Christmas tree at the White House was in the tenure of Benjamin Harrison. (Associated Press)

‘How Biden stole Christmas’ … with all those higher prices

So it wasn't the Grinch that ran off with one of the nation's favorite holidays? It was a U.S. president? One analyst believes this is true. Isabelle Morales, who covers spending and regulatory reform for Americans for Tax Reform, offers much evidence in an essay titled 'How Biden Stole Christmas: Americans brace for the most expensive Christmas to date." Published December 11, 2022

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., waves at supporters as she arrives to speak ahead of former President Donald Trump at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York Republicans plan bodacious party for weekend

This is truly a grand old party. In keeping with the season, the New York Young Republicans will host a bodacious get-together this weekend at an undisclosed location in Manhattan. Published December 8, 2022