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1969: A Year of Triumph and Turbulence 

From the first of time,  before the first of time, before the  first men tasted time, we thought of you.  You were a wonder to us, unattainable,  a longing...

An Astronaut’s Notes on Apollo 

By Scott Altman   Ten years ago last month, I had just returned from my final flight as the commander of STS 125, a space shuttle...

Muriel Bowser Re-Inaugurated as D.C. Mayor

In getting reelected, Bowser followed in the big footsteps of Marion Barry and Anthony Williams, the only D.C. mayors to win reelection, a feat that not even her mentor Adrian Fenty was able to pull off.          

Happy New Year — We Made It!

As we write—or try to write—about the future and things to look forward to in 2019 as well as things to look back to...

Capitol Buzz: Finger Food, Pelosi Vote, Her Grandkids

This week's column explains the "toothpick rule," Nancy Pelosi's apparent two-vote margin to be elected speaker of the House and the nonpartisan affection for congressional grandchildren.

Farewell to Bush ’41’: His Character Counted

George H.W. Bush's presidency — his legacy — was astonishingly thick with events that others might not have handled nearly as well. 

Capitol Hill Buzz: Pelosi, Diversity, Press Credentials

Our writer looks at Georgetowner Nancy Pelosi's chances, the diversity of the 116th Congress and two cases, past and present, of a correspondent's expulsion.

A Not So Surprising Election Outcome Sets Us Up for 2020

It’s over. The hurricane midterm—once in a different political landscape predicted to take on the proportions of a blue wave—has come if not entirely...

Capitol Buzz: Home Rule, Campaign Finance, Voting Rights

The Georgetowner's Capitol Hill columnist looks at three issues that are especially timely with the midterm elections at hand.

Evil Act at the Tree of Life: Remember These Names

The Oct. 27 attack in Pittsburgh, which shook and shocked the nation, took place in a national political atmosphere already rife and ripe with hostility, violent riffs, debates, rallies and incidents.