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A Voice From The Pocono Mountains

On a day when news of the Trump-Russia connection was making headlines in the United States, many Americans heard the voice of a man from Turkey. America’s National Public Radio devoted a chunk of its…

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Turkey: what’s at stake?

A year ago this Saturday, on July 15, 2016, a Turkish military pilot flying a Turkish army fighter jet bombed Turkey’s parliament during a failed putsch attempt that scarred Ankara and Istanbul, the political and…


The G-20 Plus One

After the fireworks and hoopla of the Fourth of July celebration, Donald Trump took his show on the road. The reviews, to be kind, were mixed. He stopped first in Poland, following a pattern he…


Fulfilling the Promise

The Fourth of July holiday dawned cloudy in Washington, DC with a threat of rain. It’s not exactly the kind of weather you want for a holiday where most celebrations — including fireworks displays, of…


Love Is Love Is Love

Washington, D. C. –   I call her my “golden child.” She was a bubbly blue-eyed four-year-old when she came into my life — all grins and giggles and hugs. Every day with her and…


Making the Sausage

There is an old saying heard a lot around Capitol Hill: “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” The quote is often attributed to Otto von Bismarck, a…


The Pain…The Beauty… And The Hope

It was the most innocent of Congressional gatherings:  an early morning practice for a group of Senators, House members and aides getting ready for a charity baseball game. They laughed and joked with each other…


Riyadh or Doha 

The recent actions by Saudi Arabia and several of its Arab allies (or clients) to isolate and punish Qatar for its alleged collusion with Iranian and other purveyors of terrorist activity create a challenge and…


Pittsburgh and Paris

Donald Tump picked the wrong city. When he announced his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, the president declared that he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” With…


The Trouble With Tweets

The man who co-founded Twitter says he is sorry. Yes, sorry. Evan Williams recently told the New York Times that while he sees social media as a force for good and a way to bring…


And Then There Was Manchester…

Reporters in Washington have been joking for the last few weeks that news always seems to break in the early evening, just as they are getting ready to wrap things up for the day. The…


Did Erdogan Standing Next to Trump Mean Anything?

The May 9 decision by President Donald Trump to provide arms to Syrian Kurds, a mere week before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was scheduled to visit the White House, spurred Turkey’s main opposition Republican…



You’re Fired!

 The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation — the criminal investigative arm of the U.S. government — is appointed to a ten-year term. That’s the longest set term for any top official in the…


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