America Needs Talent


Last Friday, I participated in a discussion with former Defense Secretary and US Senator Chuck Hagel, Washington Post senior national security correspondent Karen DeYoung, and Wall Street Journal executive Washington editor Gerald Seib on America’s Role in the World and US foreign policy. I think the panel offered fascinating insights on the times we are in — but the most powerful moment for me came when I asked the full room of students how many were from abroad, how many…

Ode to Harris Wofford: Slight Madman in Zeal for Equality



Only a funeral, it seems, truly brings Washington together these days.  Yesterday nearly a thousand guests, including distinguished emissaries from the Bush, Clinton, and Obama worlds, gathered at Howard University to honor Harris Wofford.  That cross-party appeal sadly feels like the artifact of a bygone era, but Wofford—ex-senator, godfather of the American service movement, and man who “saved Martin [Luther King’s] life with a phone call”—shouldn’t be relegated to some stuffy realm of bipartisan dreamers.  Such a portrayal makes it…