Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Republicans Vote Against Financial Protections

July 27, 2017 9:19 AM0 comments

As Republicans in the Senate moved forward Tuesday on legislation which would lead to millions more uninsured Americans, their colleagues in the House took a vote which got far less attention. H.J. Res. 111, which passed the House on an almost-straight party-line vote, would allow predatory practices to return to […]

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The Brain-Mashing of Trump & Football

July 26, 2017 6:17 PM0 comments

Will the adults in the room please do something? The insufferable petulant, adolescent bully-coward we’re enduring as our president has now stooped to a new low with his clueless assault on the sensibilities of 30,000 young boys at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this week, among other things possibly […]

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Only a Renaissance Can Save Us

July 19, 2017 6:34 PM0 comments

Lord Voldemort, the bad guy in the Harry Potter series, summed up the simple proposition that is behind the expansion of evil in the world when toward the end of the first book/movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, he tries to talk Harry into joining his cause by saying, […]

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Void the Corrupted November Election

July 12, 2017 8:18 PM0 comments

It was just two months ago that I sat down to interview Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate in last November’s election. Then, in a cool and collected mood, Kaine said that America’s “Constitutional safeguards” designed by the Founding Fathers to “minimize the risks of an […]

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It’s the Economy, Fareed!

July 5, 2017 9:06 PM0 comments

I usually find columnist and Sunday morning CNN politics show host Fareed Zakaria to be among the more astute and reliable commentators on current events available to a wide public audience. So it was with some disappointment that I read his recent, misguided column entitled, “It’s Not the Economy, Democrats.” […]

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Behind All Creation is Love

June 28, 2017 8:20 PM0 comments

I have been a practicing Christian most of my adult life and to the extent I’ve been aligned with an institutional church, it has always been with a congregation of the progressive United Church of Christ. I often wonder why. In a conversation with a new friend recently, she told […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Celebrating LGBT Pride

8:09 PM0 comments

We celebrated June as LGBT Pride month this year with hope, but also with anxiety for the future. Thanks to victories in courts and state legislatures, LGBT Americans and their allies have seen a substantial rise in government recognition and protection. Now there is a shadow of worry and fear […]

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Georgia Election’s Pyrrhic ‘Victory’

June 21, 2017 7:39 PM0 comments

Perhaps an unintended consequence of the GOP’s hard-fought victory in the special election in Georgia Tuesday is better grasped by the old Disney “Song of the South” movie of the Br’er Rabbit and the briar patch. “Oh, please, whatever you do, please don’t throw me into that briar patch,” Br’er […]

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Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken

June 14, 2017 6:55 PM0 comments

Democratic voters in Tuesday’s primary election in Virginia chose wisely in nominating the mainstream option for governor over the self-described more progressive candidate. Current lieutenant governor Ralph Northam carried the staunch support of all the state’s major Democratic electeds, including all who’ve won statewide elections in recent years, the current […]

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Was the Election Result Altered?

June 7, 2017 8:45 PM0 comments

While the focus of official Washington and the major media is now entirely on former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, and to what extent his testimony will effectively indict Trump on “obstruction of justice” charges, there’s the bigger picture that cannot be lost in […]

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