Innocence Lost


By John Feehery

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“US Capitol east side” by Martin Falbisoner – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Like foreshadowing in a dark novel, three years before the attacks on September 11, 2001, a lone gunman walked into the document door of the United States Capitol, pulled out a gun, shot Jacob Chestnut, walked through a metal detector, opened the door to Tom DeLay’s Whip Office, shot John Gibson, who shot him back.

Chestnut and Gibson died at the scene.  The gunman, Russell Weston, was improbably saved by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who rushed in to provide CPR. (more…)

Ted Cruz Should Be Straight With Voters


By John Feehery

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“Ted Cruz, official portrait, 113th Congress” by United States Senate – Office of Senator Ted Cruz. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

It started out strong and then got progressively weaker.

I am talking about Ted Cruz’s op-ed in USA.

He decided to tell Republicans what their priorities should be for next year. (more…)

Technical Analysis vs. The Fundamentals


By John Feehery

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“Nate Silver 2009″ by randy stewart from Seattle, WA, USA – Nate Silver – SXSWi 2009. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

When I worked at the Chicago Board of Trade (a long, long time ago), I met a guy who traded stocks, bonds and commodities, and based his investment decisions by meticulously charting daily and hourly movements of the prices fluctuations.

From his charts he believed he could predict what would happen to the stock (or commodities) in the future.

This is known as technical analysis.

Warren Buffett, the Oracle from Omaha, has a different approach. (more…)

From Jeb Hensarling, Sensible Talk on Immigration Reform


By John Feehery

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“Jeb Hensarling” by US House of Representatives – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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

I don’t agree with Jeb Hensarling on everything. (For example, I think his attack on the Export-Import Bank is a needless distraction.) But he is spot-on when it comes to immigration reform.

In The Wall Street Journal’s “Saturday Interview,” Rep. Hensarling (R., Tex.) said that he supports pro-growth immigration policies (my words, not his), which include a “vibrant guest-worker program” for low-skilled workers and more H-1B visas for high-tech workers. (more…)

Prodding the Irish Peace Process


By John Feehery


“StormontCarson” by – Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Late last month, a group of concerned Irish-Americans (me included) released a letter, urging all parties in Northern Ireland to move forward on implementing the Good Friday accords.  I thought I would share with you the letter:



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