Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Cronyism charges jump the sh...

Cronyism charges jump the shark

If I had a dollar for every time the words “crony” and “cronyism” appear in print these days, well, I’d be flush. When I plugged those terms into Nexis, the database warned me it would take a while to tally the thousands of media stories from the past few years containing either expression. As an […]

There’s more than one reason the Postal Service is losing mo...

There’s more than one reason the Postal Service is losing money

“Listening to President Trump, one might get the impression the U.S. Postal Service is unprofitable because it is under-charging Amazon.com. “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber […]

The military and whiskey’s 250-year hist...

The military and whiskey’s 250-year history

KCET, a public television station in Los Angeles, published an essay by me on the U.S. army’s long relationship with whiskey. As I note, “for military men and women, whiskey holds an additional appeal beyond its glorious amber color, robust flavor and mood-alleviating powers — it may even be more American than apple pie (which […]

The Russia Investigation: Why the Overseers Need Oversi...

The Russia Investigation: Why the Overseers Need Oversight

What’s going on with the Russia investigation? For most of us, the answer likely is, “Beats me.” It seems every week or two there’s a media report about Congress holding a hearing or some member of Team Trump or other person being called in to testify: James Comey, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. The facts […]

Make Congress Great Ag...

Make Congress Great Again

Casey Burgat and I have a new essay in Washington Monthly. “In his short time in office, President Donald Trump has moved unilaterally to reduce environmental protections, pull the nation from international agreements, and hollow out the federal workforce. This summer, he threatened North Korea with nuclear holocaust and then issued an executive order that […]

Will Trump Be a One-Term...

Will Trump Be a One-Termer?

“Not long ago, an outsider came to Washington to be president of the United States. He ran as an anti-politician, a man who was not going to play politicians’ tawdry games. Washington was broken and he had solutions to fix it. “His political party, which ruled both chambers of Congress, did not much know him. […]

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