Congress and Politics

Launch Inaugural Parade Before the Congressional Luncheon

By Alan Ladwig
Don’t make the public stand in the cold while the new president wines and dines with legislators. There is no reason that the Congressional event can’t take place after the parade.

The Risk Ring of Fire

It is time for the American public to begin a serious discussion about U.S. interests and how to protect them.

President Obama’s First Veto Override and What It Means

By Mike Martin
Congress recently reached the 2/3 vote needed to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. There are positives and negatives to this move.

Critical Skills for the Next DHS Secretary

The fifth DHS Secretary will have their hands full with a job that has more critics than friends. Here are the top skills the next Homeland Security Secretary will need.

The Presidential Debate – National Security Questions I Want Asked

Nothing can change the dynamics of a presidential race faster than a debate performance. With the first debate approaching, what will the nominees have to say about national security?

The Politics of Obama’s Visit to Flood-Ravaged Louisiana

President Obama is visiting flood-ravaged Louisiana amid criticism. Does he deserve it? Let’s give this a bit of perspective.

A White Supremacist Black Swan?

There are two constants in U.S. media today: terrorism and Trump. Both are scary, and they’re not necessarily unrelated.

Speaker Ryan’s National Security Agenda and the Surprise it Unveiled

By Mike Martin
Speaker Paul Ryan and Presidential nominee Donald Trump don’t see eye to eye on a range of issues, among them, national security. Take, for example, the Speaker’s GOP agenda for national security. While there is some overlap between Ryan’s new campaign treatise on foreign policy and those of Trump’s “America First” pronouncements, there is plenty that separates the two.

Why is the President Threatening to Veto the New Defense Budget…Again?

By Mike Martin
This year marked the eighth consecutive year in which President Obama has threatened to veto the annual defense budget legislation. It leads one to wonder, why exactly were House Republicans so adamant about passing through this bill, and what has led the White House to be so against it? Here are few reasons.

TSA Blame Game Runs Wild But Effective Solutions Are Scarce

The announcement that TSA replaced former Assistant Administrator for Security Operations Kelly Hoggan got a lot of national attention. It might lead one to conclude that the recent “blame and shame” efforts of some members of Congress threatening TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger’s tenure in office had worked. If anyone came to that conclusion, however, they would be wrong.