A New Contract With America


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill.)

I had flown in from Chicago to attend the ceremony, but I wasn’t in on all of the details.

I had moved from Washington back home two months earlier and was working for Rep. Denny Hastert in Batavia, Ill., after having spent five years in Rep. Bob Michel’s leadership office. (more…)

Sunday Homily


By John Feehery

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I asked Father Riffle, my Parish priest, to reconstruct a homily that he gave a couple of weeks ago at Mass because I wanted to share it with you.   Here it is:

“We don’t need a Church.”

Fr. Patrick Riffle


Maybe it is just the fact that I am normally seen walking the streets of Captiol Hill in clerical attire, but I seem to get regularly stopped to be asked some religious question.  I guess this is why the Church asks us to wear clerical dress.  Not too long ago, I was stopped by a young man who began to strike up a conversation about how Jesus did not found a Church, but a religion.  I tried to politely listen to the young mans argument, but while he was obviously seeking Christ, he was clearly missing what Jesus came to do, what his mission really was all about. (more…)

No Use in Holding Holder in His Job


By John Feehery

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Republicans should do their best to allow Eric Holder to depart the Justice Department as quickly as possible.

He has been as bad an Attorney General in his way as Alberto Gonzales was in his way.

Justice ought to be blind and it ought to be color-blind, but that’s not how Holder viewed his job. (more…)

The Breakdown of Brotherhood


By John Feehery

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It started with Cain and Abel.

The Spartans never got along with the Athenians.

The Christians split off from the Jews, despite the fact that Christ was a Jew.  During several dark periods of history, Christians persecuted the Jews, calling them Christ-killers, despite the overlooked fact that Christ mostly preached about being an observant Jew. (more…)

5 Ways Washington Would Change If Republicans Win the Senate


By John Feehery

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

It matters who controls the Senate.

I shouldn’t have to say that, but the perception is growing that whatever happens this election cycle, nothing will change. (more…)


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