Rich Galen

Posted October 08, 2015

While the popular press is in a projectile sweat over the coming elections for Speaker of the House - both internally to the Republicans and then to the House as a whole - the campaign for the Democratic nominee for President is getting more and more interesting.

Posted October 06, 2015

It was late afternoon when we got to another border crossing point, Magyarboly, Hungary.

Posted October 06, 2015

This is Part 2 of The Hungary Games. You should be getting this on Tuesday morning. I'll send Part 3 Tuesday afternoon.

Posted October 05, 2015

One young man, Marc, came from Germany. He is 21 years old. He dropped out of college some time ago and has been on a personal walkabout trying to decide what to do with his life. He found a Twitter handle, #Zakany, that got his interest and decided to come to this small summer resort community and help with the migrants who come across the border into Hungary; there to board trains to take them on.

Posted September 29, 2015

There is a rarely used motion available to Members of the U.S. House who are dissatisfied with their leadership. The form is: I move to vacate the chair."

Posted September 24, 2015

Sometimes, when a candidate drops out of a race - typically a race for his or her party's nomination for President, there is at least a touch of Schadenfreude in most of us. Even - maybe especially - toward candidates we actually like.

Posted September 21, 2015

The hoo-hah from Republicans AND Democrats over Donald Trump's reaction to a question at a town hall meeting regarding President Obama's religion and the status of Muslims in America made me recognize something: Until Trump attacked Obama, Democrats were largely silent on his candidacy.

Posted September 10, 2015

With all the projectile sweat over illegal immigrants generated by Donald Trump and parroted by other GOP candidates for President it is useful to take a deep breath to compare and contrast the problems at our southern border with Central and South Americans to the problems in Europe with (largely) Syrians and Iraqis.

Posted September 03, 2015

Two recent developments might lead to the dreaded unintended consequences: Pyrrhic victories.

Posted August 31, 2015

The children of America are going back to school. And, in nearly every household, there is at least one person who is standing over the kitchen sink in tears, wondering where the years have gone.

Posted August 27, 2015

When the Congress comes back to work after Labor Day there will be a number of items on their to-do list. One that will generate a great deal of smoke and heat will be Congressional approval of the Iran deal.

Posted August 24, 2015

We have cheapened the value of the word, Hero.

Posted August 20, 2015

I don't know whether I'm proud or embarrassed to say that until last week I had never heard of

Posted August 17, 2015

More information about Hillary's email servers came to light over the weekend...

Posted August 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton's judgement was so faulty that she was willing to put national security at risk so that she only had to carry one device.

Posted August 10, 2015

We've probably gone over this before, but there are some immutable rules for the staff surrounding political debates.

Posted August 07, 2015

Well, that's over. The question I had going into the debate was: Can it possibly live up to its hype

Posted August 06, 2015

We know who is going to be in the center ring for tonight's GOP debate. Let's take the candidates one-by-one and look at what I think they need to accomplish.

Posted August 03, 2015

What if Vice President Joe Biden does get into the race for the Democratic nomination?

Posted July 30, 2015

Federal funds should be halted -- at least temporarily -- to Planned Parenthood until the matter of whether they are trading in fetal tissues for profit.