Skip to content

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.

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

Articles by Jennifer Harper

Republican presidential candidate Tim Scott delivers his speech announcing his candidacy for president of the United States on the campus of Charleston Southern University in North Charleston, S.C., Monday, May 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Tim Scott to make case to hosts and audience of ‘The View’

"I'm going to be a guest on 'The View' this coming Monday. After co-host Whoopi Goldberg said I have 'Clarence Thomas syndrome' as a Black Republican and after co-host Joy Behar said I'm a Republican because I 'don't get' the idea of racism, I'm sure it's going to be exciting television," Sen. Tim Scott said in a written statement issued by his campaign. Published June 4, 2023

On July 3, 2020, then President Donald Trump offered a patriotic speech at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, near Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump plans patriotic surprise for America’s 250th birthday

"President Trump pledges to honor America's founding in 1776 with a full year of celebration. President Trump will on Day One convene a White House task force called 'Salute to America 250,' responsible for coordinating with state and local governments to ensure an entire year of festivities across the country from Memorial Day 2025 to July 4th, 2026," according to a written guide summarizing Mr. Trump's master plan, released by his campaign Thursday. Published June 1, 2023

President Trump stands in front of microphones as he speaks to members of the news media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before boarding Marine One. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Media blames Republicans again — this time on national-debt limit

Biased broadcast news coverage of the Republican Party persists, according to a new study from the Media Research Center. The long-standing liberal leanings of the major broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- emerged this week in coverage of the nation's economy. Published May 31, 2023

Sen. Josh Hawley has penned a new book titled “Manhood: The Masculine Virtues America Needs,” published by Regnery.  “All is not well with men in America. And that spells trouble for the American republic,” the author wrote. (Image courtesy of Regnery Publishing)

Hot-selling new Josh Hawley book focuses on manhood

A Missouri Republican has penned a new book that is holding its own in the publishing world. Sen. Josh Hawley is the author, and here's the telling title of the lawmaker's new offering: "Manhood: The Masculine Virtues America Needs," published by Regnery. Published May 30, 2023

Former President Donald Trump during the LIV Golf Pro-Am at Trump National Golf Club, Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Sterling, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump campaign ad calls out ‘Trump imposters’

Former President Donald Trump remains a nimble candidate in the 2024 presidential race. Consider his newest campaign spot, a one-minute production released Monday -- complete with urgent music, dynamic graphics and video footage, plus a straightforward pitch. "The Washington establishment politicians like to talk about how they can be just like Donald Trump. The truth? There's only one Donald Trump." Published May 29, 2023

In this Jan. 13, 1945 file photo, and provided by the U.S. Army, American soldiers of the 347th U.S. Infantry wear heavy winter gear as they receive rations in La Roche, Belgium. (U.S. Army, via AP, File)

Remembering Ronald Reagan’s Memorial Day message

Let's return to May 27, 1985. That was the day President Ronald Reagan issued "Proclamation 5330," which asked the nation to pray for "permanent peace" on Memorial Day and also referenced the end of World War II some four decades earlier. Published May 28, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., greets President Donald Trump as he steps off Air Force One upon arrival at the Orlando Sanford International Airport, Monday, March 9, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

DeSantis campaign moving right along after Day 1 glitch

There was much mockery and criticism in the mainstream media after mysterious technical issues compromised the debut of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on the presidential campaign trail. The New York Times, for example, deemed it "the conference call from hell." Published May 25, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a fundraising picnic for U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Sioux Center, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DeSantis presidential announcement rocks the media

The mainstream press is often all dressed up with nowhere to go -- but not this week. The press is busy making predictions and mulling the chances that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis might end up in the White House after the 2024 presidential election. Published May 24, 2023

President Biden speaks about the debt limit talks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden’s dismal approval numbers linger

Let's just cut to the chase. A new Associated Press survey has some disconcerting news for the White House. Numbers tell all -- 78% of U.S. adults say "things in this country" are heading in the wrong direction. Published May 23, 2023

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

Report from Federal Reserve shows economic well-being tanking

The Federal Reserve issued a review of the nation's financial situation on Monday. The detailed 84-page report titled "Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2022" tracks income, expenses, employment and other pocketbook considerations. Published May 22, 2023

The latest state jobs report shows that eight of the top 10 states for jobs recovered since the coronavirus pandemic began are led by Republican governors, and all 10 states have Republican-controlled legislatures. Out of the top 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates, eight are led by Republican governors,” advises a new report from the Republican National Committee.  (AP PHOTO)

GOP governors, state legislatures leading nation in job growth

Here's a positive phenomenon backed up with numbers: Republican governors appear to govern better. The latest state jobs report shows that eight of the top 10 states for jobs recovered since the coronavirus pandemic began are led by Republican governors, and all 10 states have Republican-controlled legislatures. Published May 21, 2023

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, May 11, 2023, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

GOP hopeful Ramaswamy dubbed the ‘anti-woke’ candidate

Longtime news correspondent and ABC News commentator John Stossel has penned a column for with a telling title: "President Ramaswamy?" The newsman spent some time with Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican presidential hopeful and entrepreneur. Published May 18, 2023

U.S. Border Patrol agents patrol the Rio Grande River in boats in Mission, Texas, Thursday, May 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Veronica G. Cardenas) **FILE**

Florida to the rescue

The Sunshine State is looking out for the Lone Star State. Published May 17, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis talks during a press conference before signing legislation on Monday, May 15, 2023, at New College of Florida in Sarasota, Fla. DeSantis signed a bill that blocks public colleges from using federal or state funding on diversity programs, addressing a concern of conservatives ahead of the Republican governor's expected presidential candidacy. The law, which DeSantis proposed earlier this year, comes as Republicans across the country target programs on diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida jettisons ‘diversity, equity, inclusion’ in higher education

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation into law on Monday to eliminate diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, in higher education. Senate Bill 266 was approved by the state legislators on May 3. Among other things, the bill prevents public colleges and universities from spending taxpayer dollars on programs which emphasize DEI directives. Published May 15, 2023

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association Convention in Indianapolis, on April 14, 2023.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Trump effect will give pollsters a headache in 2024

"Major pollsters in business and academia are once again beginning to get nervous about their ability to accurately predict the outcome of elections. And once again, the reason is the unpredictability and unreadability of Donald Trump voters," wrote Rick Moran, a columnist for PJ Media, in an analysis released Sunday. Published May 14, 2023

President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Now ‘Bidengate’ appears — and 69% in poll say it’s serious

Yes, someone has deployed this telling descriptor, which of course dates back to "Watergate," the political scandal that troubled the administration of then-President Richard Nixon 50 years ago. "BidenGate?" asks a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday. Published May 11, 2023

In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 file photo, pharmacy technician Sochi Evans fills a syringe with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Texas Southern University in Houston. Coronavirus cases are continuing to decline in the U.S. after a winter surge. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Agency gets back to work — on bat coronaviruses with Chinese scientists

"Three years after then-President Donald Trump pressured the National Institutes of Health to suspend a research grant to a U.S. group studying bat coronaviruses with partners in China, the agency has restarted the award," advises a report from Science, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Published May 9, 2023