American Exceptionalism

American exceptionalism has been in the news the last couple of days. The first instance was an op-ed piece by Russian President  Vladimir Putin. In discussing the Syria matter, Mr. Putin wrote the following: “My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address …

President’s Syria Speech? More People Watched Apple’s iPhone 5s Announcement

If the President and the Congress could muster as much political energy for pressing domestic issues, as they did this past week for a foreign policy matter, our nation would be much better off. The President delivered a fair foreign policy speech yesterday from the East Room of the White House. It was a message he should …

Be careful what you say, you never know who is listening … at Starbucks

If you’re looking for a post bashing the NSA, sorry to disappoint. We’re going to talk about a truly menacing problem in this fair city: big mouths. You can learn a lot about a city from coffee shops. Take the local Starbucks near our law firm’s Washington, DC office. It is right on the corner …

Odds & Ends from South Florida: ObamaCare “Commercials” on Univision

This week’s Odds and Ends have a Spanish theme to it.  Primarily because of the three news items that caught my attention in the last couple of weeks.  The first item happened last night.  I was visiting my mom when I saw a commercial on Univision.  For those who do not know, Univision and Telemundo …

Time to Drop Them All: (Put your Ancestral Roots Here)-American, Latino, and Hispanic

If you’ve read these pages since we started the blog in 2007, you know that I’m no fan of ethnic-based politics.   Especially not for the Republican Party. Search for “ethnic” or “Hispanic” and you’ll see why. I read that RNC Growth & Opportunity Project report. Again.  I’m more convinced than the first time that we must …

Campaigning is easy. Governing is Hard.

Over at the Feehery Theory blog today, John penned an item near and dear: the difference between campaigning and governing. It is a short piece and right on point. Campaigning is easy. Governing is Hard. Some folks up on the Hill should read it, several times. You see that photo of the B-26 Marauder? If …

CNBC Story Touches the Third Rail of U.S.-Cuba Policy, Property Claims

CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera was in the Cuba this week covering the Papal visit to the island. She did a story that was long overdue: starting a discussion about settling the multi-billion dollars worth of claims by American citizens against the Communist country. Resolving certified and uncertified claims against the Cuban government is the third rail …