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Smart power: U.S. strategy for the 21st Century

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Lanny Davis
Former Special Counsel to President Clinton
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deflects questions from the audience about running for President in 2016 during the closing plenary session on the second day of the 2014 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Samantha Sais

By the turn of the 21st century, it was clear that a new approach to the use of American power to protect our national interests and values was necessary.

Life with my 16 year-old son

10:44 AM 04/03/2014

I have been writing this column called "Purple Nation" since the summer of 2008. My purpose was to write about issues and politics that focused on facts, not ideology, and that offered opportunities for mixed "red state-blue state" or "purple" analysis and solutions.

DC Mayor Gray a victim of the presumption-of-guilt culture

11:23 PM 03/12/2014

The Washington Post’s five-column headline on Tuesday was, “Prosecutors: Vincent Gray Knew.”

Lessons from a legend: Mike McCurry

8:41 PM 02/26/2014

Mike McCurry, who served as press secretary to former President Clinton, was featured in a news profile over the weekend, about him becoming a teacher in religion and politics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Northwest Washington as he earns his degree there.

What is a liberal?

12:07 PM 02/13/2014

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”

Hillary and her critics — here we go again…

10:15 PM 02/05/2014

It seems the pundits and polls in our town and on cable TV looking to fill the time can’t get over the apparently irresistible temptation to blame Hillary Clinton for ... well, just about everything.

Al From, Bill Clinton, and the power of ideas

11:13 PM 01/06/2014

A lot of people credit Al From and the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) with making a significant contribution to saving the Democratic Party from virtual political extinction at the end of the 1980s — at least in competing for the presidency. From reminds us in his recently published memoir, The New Democrats and the Return to Power, that in the 1980, 1984 and 1988 presidential elections, “the Republican [presidential] candidate won ... 54.1% of the popular vote and nearly 90% of the Electoral College votes.”

‘Women’s rights are human rights’ — 20 years later

10:59 PM 12/04/2013

Almost 20 years ago, in September 1995, America’s first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, took the podium at the fourth annual United Nations Women’s Conference in Beijing.

There’s something familiar about the Obamacare flak

8:00 PM 11/20/2013

The first argument used against the legislation was ideological. Conservative opponents called it socialistic because it allowed government to force individual Americans to take money from their own funds to pay for the benefits of other Americans who are less well off and can’t afford to pay themselves. This violates the principles of individual liberty and the free market to allocate wealth, conservatives argued. But liberals opted for collective responsibility enforced by the central federal government for the greater, common good.

Crisis management and Obamacare

12:25 AM 11/14/2013

As a supporter of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” I want the problems to be fixed and for the program to succeed. After all, we are the only Western democracy that does not provide some form of national health insurance or guaranteed access to healthcare to all citizens.

Democrats beware: Don’t underestimate Ted Cruz

6:55 PM 10/23/2013

How many liberal pundits, bloggers and commentators have attacked first-term Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in personal terms of contempt and ridicule? Almost all.

Government shutdown? Lessons from Bill Clinton’s “Third Way”

5:19 PM 09/25/2013

Polls show that most Americans will blame House Republicans — not President Obama or congressional Democrats — if Speaker John Boehner and his Tea Party-driven caucus continue to insist that the president either defund Obamacare or shut down the federal government.

Obama’s profile in courage

3:00 PM 09/11/2013

In my view, Barack Obama’s speech on Syria yesterday was the high point of his presidency. Ultimately it could cement his place in history the way President Kennedy’s courage and resolve during the Cuban missile crisis did for him.

The anti-Clinton media: here we go again

2:58 PM 08/21/2013

Not everyone is as apparently obsessed with writing vitriol about the Clintons as Maureen Dowd, the Times' op ed columnist. For example, last Saturday, Ms. Dowd compared the Clintons to the self-destructive cartoon character, Wile E. Coyote. Her first example of "little explosions" for which she holds the Clintons responsible, and I am not making this up -- the tragic and painful experience of Huma Abedin, due to the conduct of her husband, NYC mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner, whom she loves and forgives. Go figure.

My field of dreams: I’m stickin’ with the Nats

6:52 PM 08/12/2013

Some weeks ago I wrote a column about my love for the Washington Nationals baseball team. And I noted that despite major political polarization in Washington, there is one place where Republicans and Democrats forget their partisanship and join hands -- and that is at Nationals Park rooting for the Nats.

Where is the president on Sen. Gillibrand’s bipartisan sexual assault bill?

10:04 AM 07/25/2013

Some things that happen in Washington, D.C., have come to be expected, such as hyperpartisanship in the Congress along sharp "red" vs. "blue" lines.

DC’s purple field of dreams

12:48 AM 07/18/2013

Thomas Jefferson said at his first inauguration in March of 1801: “We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.”

For me, gay marriage is no purple issue

8:48 PM 07/10/2013

“To officiate a union that is expressly not for the same godly purpose of procreation and to call such a relationship ‘sanctified’ is unacceptable to a sound mind," wrote N. Michael Nunn, a member of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, in a letter to fellow Persian Jews and congregants opposing gay marriage ceremonies at the temple.

Striking the right balance between national security and freedom of the press

5:00 PM 05/30/2013

I have known and been a friend of Attorney General Eric Holder for many years. He is a progressive Democrat who believes in First Amendment values and especially vigorous freedom for investigative reporters to publish the facts. So I give the attorney general a heavy presumption of good faith and trying to make the best judgment at the time.