Lee H. Hamilton
Here's a surprise: the skills that can be used to win in politics are increasingly the skills needed to produce good policy.
As various House committees gear up for a season of investigations and hearings on President Trump and his administration, a lot of people are worried that progress on the nation's challenges will grind to a halt.
It's been many decades now, but I still remember a piece of advice I got not long after entering Congress.
One of the more striking political developments of the last few years has been the partisan sorting of American voters.
Each of the great politicians and legislators I've known over the course of my career in Congress was very different.
Over a lifetime in politics, I've met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians.
Looking back at 2018's weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable.
The other day, a friend asked what surprised me most about politics. This may seem strange, but I'd never really thought about the question. My response was off-the-cuff but heartfelt. The biggest surprise is also among my biggest disappointments with American political life: the ongoing effort by politicians to suppress votes.
Tell me: What does it actually mean to be an American? In the press of day-to-day events and amid the ongoing tumult of politics, we don't think about this much. Yet it's a crucial question, one that each generation in this country is called upon to answer for itself. Despite our differences, there are some traits that I think we and our predecessors would recognize — characteristics to being an American that resonate with most of us, regardless of our age or our political beliefs.
It's so easy these days to despair about the future of our country.