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

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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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Would That It Were Her

May 31, 2017 9:07 PM0 comments

The person who won the popular vote for President of the U.S. by a robust margin of three million votes last November stepped to the podium for her first major public address last week, speaking to the graduating class of her college alma mater, to project her best sense of […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: The Cruelty of Trump’s Immigration Enforcement

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Just last week, we witnessed again the cruelty of the Trump Administration’s immigration enforcement measures, as a Falls Church family was torn apart. Liliana Cruz Mendez was working in a local restaurant and raising two U.S.-born children with her husband, Rene Bermudez. Born in El Salvador, Liliana came to the […]

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Why I Am An Optimist

May 24, 2017 8:29 PM0 comments

Admittedly, it is hard to get one’s head around the total package of what the Trump administration represents and is unleashing against the American constitutional republic and its people. This is a whole new level of assault and if it is not stopped and remedied quickly, its results may become […]

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‘To Be Great, You Must Be Good’

May 17, 2017 7:15 PM0 comments

I was deeply honored this week when U.S. Senator and recently-past Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine went out of his way to provide an exclusive half-hour interview for my weekly newspaper, the Falls Church News-Press. It’s actually the third time this has happened as Kaine, now seeking re-election to […]

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