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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

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.  on Nov. 3, 202. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP, File)

MoveOn unveils plans to take on MAGA in November

The voting public might want to buckle up. Here's a few words from MoveOn, the progressive and aggressive activist group that is gearing up for the midterm elections, armed with an unprecedented boost of $30 million in its campaign war-chest. Published May 17, 2022

White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks at her last press briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Jen at MSNBC, and Joe in his media shell

The Republican Party has taken a close look at current White House dynamics and come up with an interesting scenario for what's next on President Biden's schedule. We all know that former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has left her post to become a correspondent at MSNBC. Mr. Biden, in the meantime, has not offered a formal press interview in 96 days, as of Monday. Published May 15, 2022

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Biden still obsessed with Trump

President Biden seems to be stuck on the acronym "MAGA," which is, of course, the short form of "Make America Great Again," former President Donald Trump's favorite campaign rallying cry. Published May 12, 2022

A small gap appears in the unfinished border wall Wednesday, May 19, 2021, near Sasabe, Ariz.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also told Texas it was canceling deportation requests — known as “detainers” — on other illegal immigrants, including some who pleaded guilty to felony charges of evading arrest, had convictions for drunk driving, drug possession or domestic assault injuring a family member. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

True perils of a porous border

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise is not mincing words when it comes to the perils of the porous U.S. border with Mexico. The White House has essentially opened that border, he says. Published May 11, 2022

Passers-by walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs in Dedham, Mass.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Small business feels the Biden bite

They make up the nation's financial backbone and their ranks include Main Street heroes who keep on keeping on under challenging conditions. That would be American small business owners. Published May 10, 2022

Gasoline is dispensed into a motorist's vehicle at a Circle K station Friday, April 22, 2022, in south Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Hey GOP: Cheap gas wins votes

So the average price of gas is $5.92 per gallon in Sonoma, California, as of Monday according to, a nimble and helpful industry source. The Golden State, in fact, is home to the most expensive fuel in the nation, with gas going for an average of $5.80 a gallon. Georgia boasts the lowest price at $3.85. The trends are not promising. Published May 9, 2022

Former President Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he attends the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Donald Trump a ‘likely’ 2024 hopeful

The 2024 presidential election is exactly 911 days away, as of Monday. So we have a little time before the genuine political predictions begin about the big bout -- oh, wait. Those predictions are already arriving. Pundits, researchers and prognosticators are mulling over their lists of who might throw their proverbial hats into the ring. So let's join in. Published May 8, 2022

Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pro-lifers, pro-choicers power up

It has been a dramatic week following the surprise revelations that the Supreme Court could very well decide to overturn Roe v. Wade. And there's more to come. Published May 5, 2022

Former President Donald Trump speaks from the podium during a campaign rally for Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster, Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Greenwood, Neb. (Kenneth Ferriera/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

The Trump bump still a factor

Former President Donald Trump's old election magic lives on. According to multiple news reports, all 22 candidates endorsed by Mr. Trump won their primary elections in Ohio and Indiana on Tuesday. Published May 4, 2022

The National Archives is home to the nation's most significant founding documents. (Image courtesy of National Archives Museum)

The nation’s archivist has a say after 12 years on the job

Here is some perspective from someone who is very familiar with America's most significant federal records and founding documents at the National Archives. That would be David Ferriero, who is retiring as Archivist of the United States after more than 12 years on the job. Published May 3, 2022

The White House, as seen through an exterior security fence. (AP PHOTO, file)

How to take down ‘Biden’s dystopic disinformation board’

So President Biden's White House is establishing a Disinformation Governance Board, which has prompted some concern among those who believe such an entity will compromise American freedom. Now what? Rachel Bovard, senior technology columnist for The Federalist, has advice in a column titled "How Republican Senators Can Defund Biden's Dystopic Disinformation Board." Published May 2, 2022

In this Feb. 27, 1941, file photo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks on the radio from the Oval Room of the White House. During an extraordinary 12 years in office, Roosevelt guided the nation through a bleak period of Depression-era unemployment, a severe Midwest drought known as the Dust Bowl and battle against the Nazis and Japanese in World War II. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin, File)

Old Democratic Party has vanished as ‘leftists’ take charge

There's nothing homespun, reassuring or traditional about the Democratic Party any more, some say. Democrats and their policies are indeed in control right now -- in the White House of course, along with the U.S. House and Senate and in many large, influential cities. "The big problem is that this is not your parent's Democratic Party. The far left progressives have taken control and are pushing policies that are out of the mainstream," said Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Published May 1, 2022

President Biden speaks about the war in Ukraine in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Media frowns on Joe Biden’s economy

The nation's economic woes have made headlines for many days, complete with some distinct finger-pointing, much of it directed at President Biden. Published April 28, 2022

A fresh $100 bill is seen in this image of U.S. currency. (AP PHOTO; file)

‘Uncle Sugar’ at work in calls for student-debt cancellation

In the age of student-loan forgiveness, National Review columnist Jim Geraghty suggests that the nation's iconic hero "Uncle Sam," should now be called "Uncle Sugar." Indeed, there is some federal generosity underway President Biden has revealed his new plan to wipe out the $1.6 trillion in outstanding student loans held by some 43 million borrowers. That's a lot of sugar. Published April 27, 2022

Florida has become a friendly haven for conservative new media according to a report from Axios. (Shutterstock)

Florida becoming haven for conservative news

Well, here's some promising information regarding the state of conservative news organizations -- so often vilified by critics who perhaps actually fear the consistent power of many right-leaning media organizations. The state of Florida is now becoming "conservative media HQ," advises Axios, which offers some viable examples of this trend. A former president is at the helm of this endeavor. Published April 26, 2022

In this Aug. 16, 2013 file photo shows Ted Nugent performs at Rams Head Live in Baltimore. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Ted Nugent endorses Arizona’s Paul Gosar in reelection bid

Let's turn our attention to Rep. Paul Gosar, a conservative Republican representing Arizona's 4th Congressional District and currently serving in his sixth term. Due to redistricting, the lawmaker is now running in the state's 9th Congessional District. He has just won the endorsement of Ted Nugent, an iconic musician who has explained his support in no uncertain terms. Published April 25, 2022

President Joe Biden waves as he rides a bicycle in Gordon's Pond State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Del., Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden departs for Delaware on his ‘50th vacation’

The Republican Party is dutifully tracking how many times President Biden has departed the White House for the weekend, bound for his home state of Delaware where he owns two very nice houses. The president has spent his "50th vacation" this weekend in Delaware, Republican National Committee spokesperson Nathan Brand said in a statement. Published April 24, 2022