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US Politics, World News & DC Living

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My articles & talks on US politics & international affairs

Random thought of the day: For all the talk of Facebook taking over the (meta) world, it still automatically IDs my husband as my grandmother in every photo.

What in the World Is Going On?

A few random blog musings below. For more, check out my newsletter: Beltway Breakdown

D.C. Déjà Vu: Politics and Parties

What’s that in the air? Cicadas? Yes — that’s them making a kamikaze dive bomb toward your car. Humidity? Yes — remember, D.C. is a literal swamp. Political maneuvering and recriminations on the Hill? A given. But on a brighter note, D.C. is emerging from its pandemic hibernation and enjoying a renewed sense of normalcy.

Our Damaged Democracy

The repercussions of Donald Trump’s presidency will be deep and long-lasting — as will his power. After all, he’s not going gently into that good night. He’s going thundering into the next 1,460 days until he can reclaim the White House in the 2024 election — or make a last-gasp effort to steal this one.


“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Gustave Flaubert

Photos from my travels around the world!


Washingtonians may work hard, but they also play hard. Here are some of the city’s mainstays and a few of its secrets:

*We know museums, restaurants, shops and essentially the world are closed for now because of the coronavirus pandemic, but we’re also optimistic we can overcome this crisis and return to our lives, so hopefully this guide offers some helpful inspiration for rediscovering the joys of life.


As longtime managing editor of the respected The Washington Diplomat newspaper, my mission has been to give readers a clear-eyed view of U.S. politics, foreign policy and world affairs that goes beyond the Beltway noise to help people understand what matters and why.

Along with this big-picture breakdown of the news, we uncover the wealth of local gems, from exhibitions to dining to galas, that make D.C. a truly global capital of culture. These are crazy times. It seems like Washington — and the entire world — have been turned upside down. I’ll explore both inside and out to help you make sense of it all.

December 2021