He acted as a statesman on the budget deal, but repeatedly failed the District of Columbia.
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With "friends" like these, who needs enemies?
Many had a one-dimensional view of Barry, but to DC residents, he was much more than that.
The Democratic primary has generally been the de facto election, but this time it's different.
There are four pillars that comprise the foundation of the operational world of Washington.
Finally, democracy in Washington, D.C. merits a presidential mention.
As most honest columnists will tell you, we often look upon editors with a wary eye, always worried that our perfect work will be desecrated by forces from above. Having noted this, it a perfect moment to express my respect and admiration for Mike Laws, a talented and extraordinary gentleman and editor I have worked closely with in recent years in my roles as columnist and Pundits Blogger here at The Hill. As most of you know, this is Mike's last day as he moves to greater heights in his education and career, which are destined to take him to even greater achievements going forward.
When the creation of a Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., was first announced, many commented that the idea was strange. Who would come? Why memorialize a tragedy? Is this some form of reparation for Jews?
Now, 20 years after the doors opened, these questions have been answered. Over 34 million visitors have come to witness the story told by this unique institution. Ninety percent of the visitors have been non-Jews; over 10 million were schoolchildren. The reach of the museum’s message has been global and non-sectarian, as those who dreamed up the idea hoped. Genocide prevention in all parts of the world is its goal, along with remembering this horrible example. Scholarship is augmented. Lessons learned.
There is an inherent danger to becoming a Washington, D.C., insider.
Our nation's capital is the center of power. It attracts people who are drawn to this toxic tonic called power, which can be worse than a drug when abused. One might originally come to the District of Columbia with good intentions of making America better. However, over time, people give up their principles and ideals in order to stay in power and enjoy the corrupt fruits of that fleeting power.
I must tell you that no one is exempt — Republicans, Democrats, ministers, lobbyists, bureaucrats, media, U.S. military generals, presidents, interns and everyone inside the political scene are susceptible to this corruption.
If it weren't for the tragedy, we'd enjoy the respite from politics presented by the storm Sandy. Finally, after many months of static cacophony from politicians and media's self-proclaimed pundits, the weather has blown away the noise, and offered its own, real intrusion. It forced focus on immediate needs and common problems.