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Jennifer Harper

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Former President George W. Bush will step back into public view Tuesday when he appears with Jay Leno on NBC's "Tonight Show." "I think he may be looking to be in the role of an elder statesman now," historian Bruce Buchanan says. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Step aside, here comes George W. Bush

An alarm must have gone off somewhere, signaling former President George W. Bush to step out of his polite, self-imposed exile and back onto public radar. Indeed, Mr. Bush makes a noteworthy debut Tuesday evening, joining NBC "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, the sole late night guy who wears an American flag pin. Published November 18, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Obamacare 'fix' now in a fix

So much for President Obama's convoluted announcement that offered home remedies for the big ills of health care reform, plus a one year sign-up reprieve for those who have lost their insurance. For a president who enjoys golf, the big news teed up Republican outrage to perfection. Oh, the irony. Published November 15, 2013

"I'm convinced that 'the fix is in' and that without a huge effort starting right now, Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States," Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio says in a fundraising message for Stop Hillary PAC. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: 'Hope and change' becomes hope for change

Once, the nation was all about "hope and change." Now, the White House simply hopes for some change upon confronting these numbers of woe: 54 percent of American voters disapprove of the job President Obama is doing, 39 percent approve. Published November 13, 2013

Suggestive outreach to young women from the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative promoting Obamacare has yielded comedic moments and much commentary from conservative critics. (Colorado Consumer Health Initiative)

Inside the Beltway: Even titillating tactics fail to peddle Obamacare

Though a reported $684 million in taxpayer funds has been designated to promote Obamacare, health care providers are still failing to attract young, healthy Americans who will shore up the cost. Their answer? Frat boy talk is the best outreach, at least according to the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative — which recently wooed males with a raucous pitch for "bro-surance" that included a beer keg. Published November 12, 2013

"Good Tidings and Great Joy," Sarah Palin's book that seeks to preserve the faith in Christmas, which she says has been homogenized, commercialized and stripped of authentic appeal. (Harper Collins)

Inside the Beltway: Sarah Palin enters the Christmas wars

On bookshelves Tuesday: "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," Sarah Palin's unapologetic book that seeks to preserve the faith in a holiday that has been homogenized, commercialized and stripped of its authentic and meaningful appeal. Published November 11, 2013

After enlisting in the Army in 1944, former Kansas senator and 1996 GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole served as a combat infantry officer in the 10th Mountain Division. He was wounded twice and hospitalized for 39 months. (University of Kansas, Dole Archives)

Inside the Beltway: Chris Christie enters the 'lean' years

Hey, fat chance that a certain Garden State guy is going to eat his way right out of the 2016 election. Critics who hope New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has weight-related health issues that will squash a White House run need to find another complaint. Published November 10, 2013

The Rev. Billy Graham (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

Inside the Beltway: Republicans remember the basics of politics in Iowa

Just when the din of liberal politics reaches epic proportions, along comes an event that clears the air. Such is the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Friends of the Family Banquet" on Saturday evening, which is a formidable and straightforward force indeed, assembling at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Published November 7, 2013

Inside the Beltway: White trash allure in America

Has America become hopelessly tacky thanks to reality TV, celebrity gossip, baby daddies, tattoos and trailer parks? Someone has at last sounded a tasteful alarm about a trend that has permeated just about everything, including politics. Published November 6, 2013

Singer Pat Boone, a longtime supporter of traditional American values, will address the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday. (PAT BOONE)

Inside the Beltway: Politics bubbles in a 'cauldron of discontent'

Political analysts are resorting to dramatic terms to describe dire findings. "American voters are extraordinarily dispirited. The fights in Washington over the federal budget and the debt ceiling, coming on top of an aggravatingly slow economic recovery have produced a cauldron of discontent. If these sentiments last for the next 12 months, a large number of incumbents are going to be in trouble on Election Day," declares Christopher Arterton, dean of George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. Published November 5, 2013

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wonders whether President Obama will accept his invitation for a visit when the president arrives in New Orleans on Friday. (Bobby Jindal)

Inside the Beltway: Presto! It's instant change Obama

Hope and change has been replaced by presto change-o. While Obamacare creaks toward commercial viability, its patron saint is busy with fast patter and some appealing parlor tricks. President Obama is talking about many things besides health care and flying around on Air Force One this week — a tried and true method to distract the public during difficult moments. Published November 4, 2013

Inside the Beltway: Newt Gingrich girds for battle in book

It is a new book with a monumental title from Newt Gingrich, and it arrives Monday. "Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America's Fate" singles out enemies and rallies the troops, grass-roots and otherwise. Published November 3, 2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to those attending the distinguished speaker event at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Robert Kirkham)

Inside the Beltway: Hillary Clinton evolving

The newly configured Hillary Rodham Clinton may not be playing so well in Peoria. And elsewhere. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has become a polished, confident public entity in recent days, joyous in demeanor and freshly coiffed — as opposed to her "what difference at this point does it make?" meltdown moment before Congress over Benghazi. That was a mere six months ago, incidentally. Published October 31, 2013

The U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument in Texas honors the noble four-footed soldiers who sniff out explosives, brave the battlefield, save lives and die in the line of duty. (U.S. AIR FORCE)

Inside the Beltway: Ignoring the obvious about Obamacare

This bombshell news never really got to explode: NBC News' senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers found buried in the 2010 Obamacare regulations language predicting "a reasonable range for the percentage of individual policies that would terminate is 40 percent to 67 percent." Published October 29, 2013

The Tony Blankley Chair for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism, an academic fellowship named for the late commentator, will be introduced Tuesday.

Inside the Beltway: Obama's journey to Romney territory for health care law

This strategy of spectacle and grandeur could be premature, or even unlucky, in the fickle political arena: President Obama will journey to Boston on Wednesday with plans to talk about the Affordable Care Act in none other than Faneuil Hall — the same historic spot where then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signed his state's health care law in 2006. Published October 28, 2013

Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, plans legislation against the Affordable Care Act that will make use of President Obama's own words to get its point across. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: The uninsured — a new GOP voting block?

Some advise the Republican Party to be ready to capitalize on the implementation failures of the Affordable Care Act by picking up support of vexed voters subject to potential collateral damage. It could be a mighty big voting bloc. Published October 27, 2013

The annual OSS Society Awards Dinner on Saturday will honor Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Navy)

Inside the Beltway: Rarefied revels of OSS

There is an authentic intensity about the annual OSS Society awards dinner, an autumnal rite that celebrates the Office of Strategic Services — OSS — the agency created during World War II by Army Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan that was the predecessor of the CIA. The time has come again. Published October 24, 2013

The Texas School Book Depository window Lee Harvey Oswald shot from is among the "Kennedy assassination items" going up for bid on Thursday. (rr auctions)

Inside the Beltway: Obamacare lost in translation

Gentlemen, start your engines and let the FOIAs begin. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus already has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asking for information on the number of Americans who have enrolled in Obamacare. Now comes another request, with an interesting demand. Published October 23, 2013

A "brosurance" outreach for Obamacare aimed at young males from the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado taps into party mentality. (Colorado Consumer Health Initiative)

Inside the Beltway: The Allen West brand expands

"Steadfast and loyal" are the bywords of a vigorous new outreach from Allen B. West that closely resembles a news site. He is clearly in touch with his inner journalist through, meant to be a platform for an unapologetic conservative message. Published October 22, 2013