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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

This piece has run in newspapers in my very red congressional district (VA-06). ********************** I feel exceptionally fortunate in the time and place I have lived...

# 3 Mueller’s Investigation Plus a Big “Blue Wave” Will...

This third installment of "Press the Battle: Fighting for the Soul of America(ns) is perhaps the strongest challenge posed in this series to the...

Democracy on the Ropes?

This is my weekly op/ed for newspapers in my 2:1 Republican congressional District, VA-06. ***************************** This is a dark time for democracy. At this point, Turkish democracy...

Thursday News: “We’re at a Crossroads in Our Democracy”; McAuliffe Went...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, January 11. Zinke Says Florida Got Offshore Drilling Exemption...

Not Taking Our Blessings for Granted (What These Times Have Taught...

This piece is appearing this Thanksgiving week in newspapers in my (rather red) congressional district (VA-06). ********************* It is natural to take for granted those good...

As Democracy Unravels, Are Republicans Like Bob Goodlatte Patriots or Not?

A few cheery questions for this morning: 1) are there any Congressional Republicans, or for that matter ANY Republicans left who are true patriots,...

A Global Counter to the Global Rise of Fascism

As America enters the Age of Trump, it is important to recognize that what’s happening is not just about Trump, and not just about...

A Time to Lead: Here’s a Quick Blueprint Forward

by Josh Chernila The election of Donald Trump is the end of what we know as America and everything that made the 20th century America's...

Dousing Trump’s Insurrectionary Fire

This piece is running in newspapers in my conservative congressional district (VA-06). *********** This ugly presidential campaign will soon be over, but ugliness threatens to continue...

Two New Novels Look at the Hacking of American Democracy by...

In Al Gore's 2013 book, "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change," Gore correctly declares that "American democracy has been hacked," that Congress is...