Bright Star

Balancing work and family life can be difficult for any politician, but Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), juggles motherhood, work, and constant cross-country travel. McMorris Rodgers, the number four House Republican (behind House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Chairman of the House Republican Conference Mike Pence), is the highest-ranking female Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. Though she now spends a great deal of time in Washington, D.C. she grew up on the other side of the country in the other Washington—Washington state. McMorris Rodgers grew up in Kettle Falls, the same area that she currently

The New Watchdogs

The New Watchdogs by Rob Bluey Bill Osmulski stepped outside his office into a boisterous crowd of protesters in Madison, Wisconsin, earlier this year and spotted a group of doctors offering to write sick notes exempting from work “mentally anguished and distressed” teachers at a pro-union rally. His discovery led to a news-breaking video that put the MacIver Institute on the map for its reporting on the Wisconsin budget battle. Osmulski is no Richard Dean Anderson (star of the 1980s TV series “MacGyver”) but he is just as resourceful. The former local TV reporter has a track record of breaking

Lessons from Right to Left

In the late 1970s, conservatives found themselves seemingly cornered. The economy was in the hands of Keynesians; the radical social ideas of the previous decade had insinuated themselves into the mainstream; right-leaning scholars found themselves increasingly marginalized in the academy; and the Republican party had been disgraced by the Watergate scandal. Seeking new ideas and a road back into power, conservatives formed an innovative network of Washington-based think tanks that stood outside of the government but fed politicos, policy analysts, and ideas into it. The Heritage Foundation, founded in 1973, and the CATO Institute, founded in 1977, joined the American

Whither Realism?

Is compromise possible between realists and neoconservatives? Are the ideas that animate realism and neoconservatism fundamentally incompatible? A look at the intellectual foundations of our nation’s foreign policy.

The Sex Vote

These days, one is hard-pressed not to sound like an idiot when talking about sex and what Anthony Trollope called “The Way We Live Now”—especially if one wants to be paid attention. The one sin in talking about sex is being boring—prepare yourself for hyperbole. We’re the most sex-obsessed culture of all time! Never before has sex been so commodified! Kids these days—they lust after each other (and themselves!) to a degree unprecedented in world history! No human civilization has ever reached such a pinnacle of sexual blaséness! Even assuming these are value-neutral claims—hey, onanistic blaséness might be an achievement—there’s

The New Dominion Blues

“I certainly agree that Northern Virginia has gone more Democratic,” John McCain’s campaign aide Nancy Pfotenhauer said on MSNBC in mid-October 2008. But, she continued, Virginia was going to vote Republican in the presidential election because “the rest of the state—real Virginia if you will—will be very responsive to Senator McCain’s message.” The MSNBC anchor, recognizing Pfotenhauer’s gaffe in the making, offered her a chance to walk back her words. But she stuck to her guns, explaining that “real Virginia” is “this part of the state that’s more Southern in nature.” In some ways, it was just another cringe-inducing bump

Lonegan’s Charge

Steve Lonegan, the firebrand former mayor of Bogota, N.J., and current dark-horse gubernatorial candidate, is waiting in “the vault.” When he first suggested this as the location for our interview, I had assumed he was speaking figuratively. But subtlety is not the rebel Republican politician’s style, and the vault turns out to be exactly that: an empty, fortified vault in the back of what used to be a bank—that is, before it became Lonegan’s makeshift campaign headquarters here in Oradell, N.J. It is an unusual setting to discuss Lonegan’s underdog bid to win the Republican party’s nomination for governor this

What’s Your Story? Amanda Carpenter

Amanda Carpenter has packed more than most into her 26 years. Now a daily columnist at the Washington Times, Carpenter reported on national politics for, blogged the ’08 election for Glamour magazine, and maintains a constant presence on cable news, where she spars with everyone from Larry King to Chris Matthews. At the tender age of 24, she published her first book, The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy’s Dossier on Hillary Clinton (Regnery, 2006). Not that Carpenter is slowing down. Her column for the Times, “Hot Button,” is a wide-ranging investigation of politics and media in D.C., Hollywood, and beyond, and

The Household is Flat: The Rise of the Core Competency Mom

“A job is, in essence, a bundle of tasks that have been clumped together and assigned to an individual. There is no reason to assume, however, that tasks must continue to be bundled together in the future in the same pattern they have been bundled in the past.”—Troy Smith and Jan Rivkin, Harvard Business Review Maureen Beddis of Alexandria, Virginia, has a lot on her plate. She works 45 to 50 hours a week in a senior-level management job at The Vision Group, a nonprofit that promotes better vision care. She has a one-year-old daughter, Abby, who loves walks in