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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

Despite continued turmoil in politics, the economy and the nation's productivity are thriving. The market is up 9 percent since Jan. 20. (Associated press)

Trump effect: Confidence in personal finances hits a four-year high

Political attacks on President Trump and his administration continue, amplified by media coverage that is often melodramatic, negative and manipulative — long on speculation and short on facts. Jittery voters are continually distracted and often confused by conflicting or shifting news accounts, along with anonymously sourced reporting and an emphasis on a select narratives that incorporate partisan opinion. Published July 16, 2017

Broadcasters obsess over Trump Jr., ignore Hillary Clinton's Russia-uranium scandal

They were obsessed: ABC, CBS, NBC evening news shows have been dominated by one subject: Donald J. Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower. In the past four nights, the "Big Three" networks devoted over 62 minutes of their coverage on Mr. Trump's story he says, after tabulating the content of the coverage. Published July 13, 2017

Hugh Hewitt is among the well-known talk radio hosts who will participate in daylong live broadcast from the White House. (Hugh Hewitt)

Expanding the press corps: White House to stage talk radio marathon

The White House is expanding the press corps to include those journalists who happily exist beyond the rarefied confines of the nation's capital or New York City. Consider that President Trump is featured in an exclusive interview with Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, set to air on the "700 Club" on Thursday. It looks like the White House is just getting started, however. Published July 12, 2017

White supremacists once again can easily access Stormfront.org, the internet's oldest-operating hate site, after its sudden disappearance last month. (Associated Press/File)

When trolls attack: Online harassment now a 'feature of life,' new poll says

"Harassment is now a feature of life online for many Americans. In its milder forms, it creates a layer of negativity that people must sift through as they navigate their daily routines online. At its most severe, it can compromise users' privacy, force them to choose when and where to participate online, or even pose a threat to their physical safety," reported a wide-ranging national survey from the Pew Research Center. Published July 12, 2017

Reporters raise their hands to ask a question of Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during an off-camera press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Trump bombshell du jour: Media continues to obsess over possible 'smoking gun'

The news media has been on a never-ending quest to build a case for the impeachment of President Trump for many months. The current edition is centered on Donald Trump Jr. following a New York Times story published this week titled simply "Trump's son met with Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on Clinton." The account, written by three reporters, is too detailed and baroque to go into here. Suffice it to say, the story launched a now-familiar press feeding frenzy. Published July 11, 2017

FILE - In this June 30, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump pressed Congress on Monday, July 10, 2017, to get health care done before leaving for its long August recess, even as Republican senators say the GOP effort so far to repeal and replace the nation's health law is probably dead.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Just 23 percent have been confirmed: Obstruction of Trump nominees is unprecedented

Senate Democrats are now resorting to "petty" but historically unprecedented methods to obstruct President Trump's efforts to run the nation and take America forward. There are some annoying numbers to consider from studies compiled by the White House and the Republican National Committee, based on multiple sources from the press, pollsters and researchers. Published July 10, 2017

The Museum of the Bible opens Friday at a 430,000-square-foot site just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol. (Museum of the Bible)

Museum of the Bible to open near U.S. Capitol

It is a mere three blocks from the U.S. Capitol and occupies a commanding 430,000-square-feet of some of the most unique real estate on the planet. The Museum of the Bible features 40-foot bronze doors, a rooftop garden and eight floors dedicated to the history, narrative and impact of the Bible. And they have jobs. Published July 10, 2017

While the two major political parties bicker, both Libertarian and Green Party organizers are busy polishing their outreach and seeking new members. (Image from Libertarian Party)

While Republicans and Democrats bicker, Libertarians prepare for 2018 and beyond

Republicans and Democrats continue to grapple with one another -- even as internal squabbles within the two major parties erupt on a regular basis. It presents a most unattractive picture to many Americans who are convinced that the partisan bickering and cranky infighting is counterproductive and downright petty. Published July 9, 2017

First lady Melania Trump was commended for her diplomatic skills and grace on the global stage this week by members of the press. (Associated Press)

Melania Trump shines on global stage with her diplomatic skills, grace

The news media continues to snipe at the White House. But there's some Trump triumph as well. First lady Melania Trump is earning accolades for her grace on the global stage this week. Yes, an admiring press chronicles every fabulous ensemble she wears down to the last fashion detail. But they also are applauding Mrs. Trump's demeanor and diplomatic skills during her second overseas tour. Published July 6, 2017

The official logo of the G20 Summit, which begins Friday in Germany, amid much negative coverage of President Trump, who will attend. (G20.org)

Media rips into Trump's G-20 visit before he even gets there

It was inevitable, perhaps. Before President Trump even arrives in Hamburg, Germany, for the Group of 20 Summit on Friday, the headlines were blazing against him, setting a dramatic and dire stage for his arrival. A small sampling from the last 48 hours: Published July 5, 2017

Sharyl Attkisson with President Trump on the set of "Full Measure." She has authored a book "The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote." (Sinclair Broadcasting)

New book: Sharyl Attkisson reveals the ghastly world of political smears, fake news

Though it often seems random and nonsensical, the world of negative politics and conniving news media is actually a strategic and calculating place. A new book explains much. On sale now, from investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson: "The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote," from Harper Collins Publishers. Published July 4, 2017

President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and son Barron on the South Lawn of the White House as the Fourth of July long holiday weekend got underway. (Associated Press)

Trump wins the media war, battle by battle

There is a reason why the mainstream news media and the Democratic Party are in an uproar: They've been left out of the political equation by a player who understands the game better than they do. And that player is President Trump, who has conducted a masterful war against his media foes over the last 72 hours, launching a series of strategic tweets that deemed the hostile press not only "fake" but "fraudulent." Published July 2, 2017

Polls and analyses were already reporting that there was media bias against the presidential hopeful, and the findings have continued. (Associated Press)

Numbers don't lie: Media bias against Trump is entrenched, vicious, persistent

Pollsters have confirmed for many months that there is a clear media bias against President Trump. They also reveal that the American public is growing weary of the endless negative coverage, which masks authentic progress the president and his administration have made. Citizens are ready for some good news. And the press? Not so much. Outrage and Trump bashing have been good for ratings and readership. But tirades also allow journalists to vent about a president who pushes back against their criticism, in what they deem an "unpresidential" way. Published June 29, 2017