Rich Galen

Posted November 24, 2014

"Compromise," as others have said before, "is not a four-letter word."

Posted November 20, 2014

The Keystone XL Pipeline bill failed in the U.S. Senate this week by one vote. It needed 60 votes to proceed to a final vote, but it got only 59.

Posted November 17, 2014

In boxing parlance to "take a dive" is to throw a fight by pretending to have been knocked out thus letting the other guy win.

Posted November 13, 2014

Here we are, over a week beyond the election that swept Republican candidates for the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Governor and state house and state senate seats into office.

Posted November 07, 2014

When Sen. Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009 there were 257 Democrats in the U.S. House and 59 Democrats (and independents) in the U.S. Senate. In April, Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania crossed the aisle and became a Democrat giving the Ds and filibuster-proof 60-40 advantage.

Posted November 04, 2014

I think Republicans will gain control of the U.S. Senate by the time all the polls have closed tonight and by the time the smoke clears they will have gained a net seven seats. That (assuming no party switchers) would give the GOP a 52-48 majority when the 114th Congress opens next year.

Posted November 03, 2014

With the laser focus on a couple of handfuls of races for the U.S. Senate, it is sometimes hard to remember that all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs on Tuesday as well.

Posted October 30, 2014

The issue is mandatory isolation - quarantine - of doctors, nurses, and military personnel who have been in the Ebola area of West Africa. I have unending respect for Americans who make the decision go into dangerous places to help try to save people's lives.

Posted October 27, 2014

You might expect a headline on the WallStreetJournal.com website over the weekend that read: "Poll: GOP Expands Advantage Days Before Midterm Election"

Posted October 23, 2014

We've heard all the chatter about the chances of the GOP taking control of the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections a week from Tuesday.

Posted October 20, 2014

The growing concern over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States is Barack Obama's equivalent of George W. Bush's Katrina problems.

Posted October 16, 2014

Now that we are within three weeks of the long-awaited mid-term elections, official Washington is focused on two things: (1) Not catching Ebola and, (2) trying to determine if the GOP will take control of the U.S. Senate sometime before the 114th Congress convenes on or about January 3, 2015.

Posted October 13, 2014

I have no interest in adding to the rising level of fear-mongering and finger-pointing that we're reading, hearing, and seeing about Ebola.

Posted October 09, 2014

The American oil and gas industry has saved our collective bacon.

Posted October 02, 2014

The United States Secret Service (USSS) is in a slump.

Posted September 29, 2014

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the phrase in general use to describe the psychological issues that often - not always, but certainly not never - appear after military service in a war zone.

Posted September 25, 2014

On Oct. 2, 2002, Senator Barack Obama said in a major speech in Chicago that "I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars." By definition, then, this must be a "smart war."

Posted September 22, 2014

President Barack Obama spoke about the Ebola outbreak in west Africa during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week:

Posted September 18, 2014

First things first. I was on CNN the other day with Donna Brazil and Prof. Larry Sabato. The host wanted to start a fight about whether President Barack Obama had flip-flopped on his committing U.S. military forces in Iraq.

Posted September 15, 2014

I know there is a lot going on in the world, but I want to spend today on the concept known as Net Neutrality.