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Through the Prism of World War II

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This piece will run in newspapers in my very red congressional district (VA-06). ******************** I wasn’t born until the year after the end of the Second...

Ashamed, As an American, and a Human (My latest op/ed in...

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I am feeling ashamed, and I do not like the feeling. All my life, I’ve been into the heroic. I’ve taken pleasure in movies that...

The Pain and the Value of Our Rude Awakening in These...

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It may be my very favorite book, and I'm reading it once again. It is titled The World of Yesterday, and it was written soon...

The Kavanaugh/Garland Contrast Reveals the Democrats’ Profound “Awakening” — PART II

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The Trump Factor How did this transformation -- from weak to strong, from reticent to bold, from pushover to able warrior -- come about? The answer...

My Guilty Pleasures: NFL Football and World War II

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This piece differs from my usual op/ed offerings that appear in the newspapers in my conservative congressional district (VA-06). Usually, my columns are designed...

Brexit: A Setback in One of Humankind’s Most Important Projects

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Some commentators have reminded us lately of what originally inspired the nations of Western Europe to move toward unification. The impetus came after two...

I Remember Pearl Harbor

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Republished here is a diary I wrote in 2006 for RaisingKaine: my personal recollections of that day

It was a typically chilly upstate New York December day, we had finished Sunday after-Church brunch and I, just a couple of weeks short of my eleventh birthday, was, as usual, doing two things at once: putting together a jigsaw puzzle and setting type to print my family newsletter on my little hand-powered rotary printing press, when the phone rang. Our English friends a few blocks away were phoning to say "Turn on the radio! The Japs have bombed Pearl Harbor."

It was true, but no surprise to my family,