Veterans Affairs Secretary Resigns, So What? Republicans, Learn How to Say “No”

As I watched the Veterans Affairs Secretary resign yesterday, along with the President’s press conference later, I recalled the following. A wise Congressman (yes, there was a time when these existed, a few remain) would remind me every now and then that to decipher Washington, DC, you needed to appreciate and understand the people sent here by the …

The Federal Legislative and Regulatory Bramble

Over the weekend POLITICO ran a story — Tech: D.C.’s Biggest Loser? — that reminds folks in town that just because you can throw money at a problem, it is no guarantee, ever, that you’ll succeed with legislative or regulatory efforts.  Tech is not losing, tech is just learning, some companies the hard way, that …

Democrats Do Boko Haram Kabuki, Republicans Lead

The politics of righteous indignation is an art that has been perfected by both political parties. Just about any issue imaginable involving human suffering is ripe for the mostly didactic monologues politicos, some news folks, excel at when tragedy strikes. The socialist wing progressives of the Democratic Party are especially skilled at making the most of these situations. …

Removing Classified Material from a Secure Facility, Even by Congressional Staff, is Illegal

I have received inquires from folks in town, mostly from Capitol Hill, about my repeated posts about Senate staff removing classified records from a secure facility on the enhanced interrogation matter. At the CIA General Counsel’s prompting, the Justice Department and the FBI are investigating how Senate staff managed to illegally remove classified documents (and used them on …

Morning Musings

Our quiet city awakens this week as Congress returns from Spring break for nine weeks of legislating and prevaricating. It promises to be a very busy legislative cycle. Even the BREW Act is on tap. How much of it will produce product remains to be seen. With the mid-term elections right around the corner only must …

Testifying Before a Congressional Committee, Prepare and if you Can, Enjoy

Clients routinely inquire about engaging the Congress to resolve regulatory gray areas or disputes with a federal agency. I’ve had this talk hundreds of times now and I usually respond the same way, over and over again, “are you sure that is what you want to do?“. While most disputes with the federal government can be …

Morning Musings

Jonathan Pollard may be staying put. And that would be good. It truly is a ‘horrible idea‘. Sen. Ted Cruz introduced legislation yesterday to block entry to the United States of Iran’s new U.N. Ambassador pick. After several rounds of perfunctory indignation by several U.S. over NSA allegedly using a loophole in U.S. law, the …