On the Troubles With the NFL


By John Feehery

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I am not really an NFL guy.

When I was a kid, I was a Bear fan, but they are far down my list of favorite teams to follow. (more…)

How Big Money Is Saving Senate Democrats


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

Campaign money is the only reason that Senate Democrats in vulnerable seats are still competitive in what is, for Democrats, a mostly grim election cycle.

So it’s ironic that Majority Leader Harry Reid wasted time on the Senate floor this month trying to pass a constitutional amendmentthat would limit campaign funding.

New York Times poll this month showed how bad  things are for congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama. Voters trust Republicans more on key issues such as national security and economic growth, it found, and a majority disapproves of the president’s job performance.’

Yet the Democrats are still competitive.

As Karl Rove points out in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, the reason is simple: money. Democratic incumbents in key states have more resources than Republican challengers, and they are putting those resources to good use: changing the subject and relentlessly attacking Republicans on peripheral issues.

The ultimate irony is that vulnerable Senate Democrats are getting most of those resources because of the work of … Sen. Reid. Senate Majority PAC, which has strong ties to Sen. Reid, is the primary funder of these campaigns.

Yep, the PAC connected to the guy who has sought to amend the Constitution to theoretically stop super PACs from thwarting the will of the American people is working to … potentially thwart the will of the American people.

Is this a great country or what?

The Scottish Divorce


By John Feehery

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Amid the bloodshed of the First World War, as the people of Ireland prepared to celebrate the holiest of Christian holidays, a small band of Irishmen embarked on a seemingly insane plot to overthrow the ruling government based in London.

The Easter Rebellion wasn’t the first time the Irish tried to reclaim their rightful claim to self-rule.   Stretching back to the flight of the Earls hundred of years before, Irish Catholics fought at times desperately, at time romantically, at times with great aplomb, to separate themselves from their British overlords. (more…)

Topic: England Scotland

When the Republicans Take Over


By John Feehery


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(This originally appeared in The Hill.)

Let’s assume that Republicans take the Senate and keep the House in this year’s midterms.

What happens then?

Here are seven thoughts about how they should govern: (more…)

Let’s Wander Into a Bar Brawl in the Middle East


By John Feehery

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Some hawks think it is smart policy and politics to push President Obama into putting boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq to battle the ISIS threat.

It’s neither. (more…)


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