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Columns

  • Rebuild our Navy

        The cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase early last month was amazing. In a precision attack, the base was hit by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in 60 seconds. According to a Wikipedia article, 60 missiles were launched, but one fizzled and fell in the sea.
        Syria was able to resume launching air strikes from the base but the advance warning we gave the Russians, so they could get their personnel out of the way, also allowed the Syrians to shield some of their aircraft, reducing the damage that was done.

  • Beginnings and ends

    By Brandi Mitchell
    Student Intern

        One of the most beautiful and heart breaking aspects of life is the way it goes on and on with a thousand beginnings and a thousand ends. The sun rises and the sun sets, and the earth turns, and the seasons change, and this is the way it has been since the genesis of time, and the way it will be until the earth ceases to exist.

  • A disgusting, punitive health care ‘reform’

        It was a disgusting spectacle to watch the Clown-in-Chief celebrate at the White House with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans after they’d passed a bill that will take health insurance from about 25 million people.
        Yes, this is their idea of “reform.” As I’ve previously written – and now submit as one of “Rick’s Rules of Politics” – whenever conservative Republicans talk about “reforming” something, it always means they want to take it from you.

  • After 100 days: A strange, failed presidency

        It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who established the standard of measuring a presidency by what is accomplished during its first 100 days.
        FDR had promised to tackle the problems of the Great Depression immediately upon entering office, and he did exactly that. He’d made it clear that he’d use every available tool of the federal government to ease the suffering of the people.

  • Don’t be complacent

        Last month I saw a news story about Russia’s plan to build new class of aircraft carriers. Right now, Russia only has one carrier, the Kuznetsov.

  • Wiretap claim another Trump absurdity

        It’s been reported that even Donald Trump’s aides and Cabinet officers live in fear of what kind of nonsense he’ll put out next on his infamous Twitter feed.
        He is, after all, the president – God help us – and generally when a president makes a statement, well, it’s considered a declaration of policy. Cabinet officers, allegedly, worry about what he might say in the middle of the night, because the next day, they may have to defend it as policy.

  • An election every year

    If you like politics like I do, then Virginia is a great place to live. We have an election every year. Federal elections and most city and town elections take place on even numbered years. State and county elections are held on odd numbered years.

  • The Russian albatross around his neck

        If there’s a fatal scandal brewing in the Trump regime, it’s likely to be based upon the continuing questions over his campaign’s contact with Russian government officials both during and after the election.
        The question may eventually be: Is it possible for Donald Trump to shed this nagging issue without his impeachment?

  • Thoughts from my recent visit with members of the German Bundestag

    By Congressman Tom Garrett

    The past election cycle thrust refugee and immigration issues into the spotlight more so than any time in recent years. A very charged and polarized political climate has left little room for compromise on either side of the aisle and I have been working extremely hard to balance international humanitarian issues with national security and the needs of the United States.

  • Judiciary Committee agenda promotes a more competitive and free America

    Earlier this year, I was honored to begin my third term as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee is one of the most active in Congress and plays a particularly critical role in advancing pro-growth policies and protecting the individual liberties of hardworking Americans. Under my leadership in the 115th Congress, the Committee will continue to advance an agenda focused on making America more competitive and free.