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We Have Much Work To Do To Be Exceptional

Like most Americans, I have always considered the United States an exceptional country. We possess a political system built on checks and balances, an ideal of giving voice to ordinary people across a diverse land and a... — Updated 6/10/2020

 

Challenges To U.S. Leadership

The U.S. has been the world’s leader for decades in promoting democracy, political liberalization, free trade and collective security. For the most part, Americans support that role, but many are wondering about its costs and... — Updated 5/20/2020

 

Congress Is More Partisan And Less Productive

If you feel like Congress has become less productive, less functional and more partisan, you’re right. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how it’s changed over the years since I served there in the ‘60s to the ‘90s,... — Updated 5/18/2020

 

Guest Column: How Politics Have Changed

I became active in politics in the late 1950s, got elected to Congress in 1964 and have remained engaged in one way or another every year since then. I’ve had a ringside seat for a long time. So I suppose I should not be... — Updated 4/15/2019

 

Guest Column: Political And Policy Skills Starting To Merge

Here’s a surprise: the skills that can be used to win in politics are increasingly the skills needed to produce good policy. I know. You look at the policy stalemates in Washington and wonder how this could be. The people who... — Updated 4/1/2019

 

Guest Column: In Politics, You Need To Establish Priorities

It’s been many decades now, but I still remember a piece of advice I got not long after entering Congress. It came in passing from a prominent journalist as we were talking about the bewildering array of issues Congress faced. Ev... — Updated 3/20/2019

 

Guest Column: Accountability Required For Good Government

As various House committees gear up for a season of investigations and hearings on President Trump and his administration, a lot of people are worried that progress on the nation’s challenges will grind to a halt. I would argue... — Updated 3/18/2019

 

Guest Column: What Great Legislators Have In Common

Each of the great politicians and legislators I’ve known over the course of my career in Congress was very different. They were masters of the rules, or unassailably knowledgeable about a given issue, or supremely watchable... — Updated 2/25/2019

 

Guest Column: What Great Legislators Have In Common

Each of the great politicians and legislators I’ve known over the course of my career in Congress was very different. They were masters of the rules, or unassailably knowledgeable about a given issue, or supremely watchable... — Updated 2/11/2019

 

Guest Column: Learning to Practice Politics At A High Level

Over a lifetime in politics, I’ve met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians. But those I truly admired were men and women who were adept at the arts both of politics and legislating — a rarer combination of talents than... — Updated 2/6/2019

 

What Does The Pledge Of Allegiance Mean?

You know the Pledge of Allegiance, probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I’m guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning. I hope... — Updated 7/4/2018

 

The Indispensable Craft Of The Politician

For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out. We want our clergymen, our engineers, our farmers to bring the kind of pro... — Updated 4/9/2018

 

We Can Encourage Good Media

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels... — Updated 7/7/2017

 

Guest Column: A President Struggling To Get On Right Track

I have significant differences with Donald Trump’s political stances, but I want him to enjoy a successful presidency. It’s good for neither the country nor the world when a U.S. president struggles or fails. Yet I also... — Updated 4/26/2017

 

We Need To Safeguard The 'Public' In Public Office

For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a file of clippings about the erosion of transparency and candor in government. I’m sorry to report that it’s getting rather full. This is not a good thing. Public officials should... — Updated 4/12/2017

 

How To Handle Russia Mess

The recent announcement by FBI Director James Comey that his agency is investigating links between members of President Trump’s campaign and Russia has upended Washington. Yet there needs to be an even stronger and broader invest... — Updated 3/29/2017

 

This Democrat Wants A Strong Republican Party

I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I believe in the party’s values, I’m pleased when its candidates win elections, and I’m persuaded the country is better off when Democratic ideas get a fair shake in the public arena. But n... — Updated 9/19/2016

 

What Does 'Representative Government' Mean?

With a presidential election year fast approaching, we’re in for a lot of public talk about the state of American democracy. Much of that discussion will be insightful and thought-provoking, but there’s a good chance you’ll... — Updated 9/21/2015

 

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