Lincoln Shows His Steel

LincolnAbraham Lincoln is arguably the greatest man that this country ever produced. He is also one of the most complex; a man “both steel and velvet.” We like to remember Lincoln’s softer side, but if he hadn’t had the steel as well, we might not be one nation today.
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Good luck Trumps all

trumpAmerican University student reporters sat in a Manchester Best Western, compiling clips from a Jeb Bush rally, a Chris Christie speech and a Democratic fundraiser. Many had quotes from local voters and a select few had interviews with state senators and other surrogates.

No one, however, had managed to attend one of the rare Trump events and capture the flurry of activity that normally accompanies the candidate. Continue reading

Democratic Unity urged ‘come November’

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Despite frequent calls for unity throughout the evening, the disagreements between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters was on full display at the McIntyre-Shaheen Dinner at the Verizon Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, last night. Continue reading

Our Moment in Cuba?

Last month I had the privilege of joining a study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress — sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). We met with government and Communist Party officials, members of the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry, artists, scholars, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, even cigar workers. Cubans feel genuine optimism that the recent normalization of relations with the United States may usher in a new era of cooperation. Continue reading

Everyone’s Right: Both Clinton and Sanders Won Iowa

SandersUltimately, then, both candidates are correct when they claim victory in Iowa, because both are subscribing to two completely different perspectives on the election. Sanders sees his surge as the beginning of a successful insurrection against the establishment and the beginning of a movement that will defy conventional wisdom. Clinton sees it as a minor setback, powered by extremely liberal voters who have always been somewhat concerned about her close ties to Wall Street and hawkish foreign policy, but ultimately a successful staving off of a potentially embarrassing defeat. Continue reading