by | Dec 5, 2019

Once again, Congress failed to pass its budget before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. It also failed to do this critical part of its job before the continuing resolution, or CR — which it enacted in…

by | Aug 7, 2019

The federal government shutdown at the beginning of the year created some pressing problems for tens of thousands of Americans, many of whom were forced to go without work, transportation, or paychecks. In response, many nonprofit organizations in the D.C. area…

by | Feb 12, 2019

Donald Trump, weeks after presiding over the longest government shutdown in American history, boasts his highest approval ratings since his administration’s infancy. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, after refusing to budge in negotiations with the president, sees a 75-12…

by | Feb 7, 2019

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withdrew her original State of the Union invitation, preventing President Trump from delivering the address as scheduled on January 29, she was probably surprised when he responded with such calm forbearance: “This is her prerogative….

by | Feb 6, 2019

Washington President Donald Trump pushed hard for the moment when he could deliver this State of the Union address with all the pomp the Capitol venue can offer — robed Supreme Court justices, solons of the Senate, House Speaker Nancy…

by | Jan 29, 2019

Gee whiz! Didn’t we all get a lot out of the shutdown? Whether or not we sought it, we got the cynical attention of a cynical world, wondering what had possessed the crazy Americans this time. Donald Trump should have…

by | Jan 24, 2019

In June of 1970, I graduated from Yale Law School. Not by grades but by the election of my peers, I was selected to be valedictorian. I gave a high sounding speech about law and social justice and kindness and…

by | Jan 22, 2019

I can still picture the scene as the heavyweight champ looked into the eyes of his most formidable opponent to date as they stood in the ring preparing for what some were already calling “the Showdown.” Before I tell you…

by | Jan 21, 2019

Will Rogers, long ago, had the most economical analysis and dismissal of the issue that currently worries wonks, swamp creatures, and those who take the mainstream media seriously. The insightful Will said, “It’s a good thing we don’t get all…

by | Jan 20, 2019

Washington The partial government shutdown will end when both sides think they are losing the political war that started it — and not before then. Yes it can end if one side caves, or if President Donald Trump declares a…

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