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Sean O’Brien

Sean O’Brien

Sean O’Brien is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. He has served under both Democratic and Republican administrations as a senior official in the Pentagon, the White House and the House of Representatives. He can be reached via twitter at @hope_history.

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February 5, 2020
by Sean O'Brien
Iowa 2020 Is a Drag, Not a Disaster

The Iowa Democratic Party did exactly the right thing. In the midst of an awful scenario of its own making,... Read More

The Iowa Democratic Party did exactly the right thing. In the midst of an awful scenario of its own making, party officials took a step back to ensure that when the final votes are tallied, the announced result would be accurate. That took courage and focus.... Read More

February 8, 2019
by Sean O'Brien
The Humanity of Walter Jones

Walter Jones has always been one of my favorite members of Congress, even though I agree with him on almost... Read More

Walter Jones has always been one of my favorite members of Congress, even though I agree with him on almost nothing. I’ve always admired his independence, and his self-fulfilling declaration that he didn’t come to Washington to be a Chairman. It’s been well documented that Walter... Read More

October 31, 2018
by Sean O'Brien
Missing the Moment

It was a cold Midwestern night but the campaign rally was filled to capacity. The man they had all come ... Read More

It was a cold Midwestern night but the campaign rally was filled to capacity. The man they had all come to see, the one who’d electrified them with promises and slogans... Read More

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January 26, 2022
by Dan McCue
Cooper Chooses Retirement Over Running in Carved Up District

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., a member of Congress since 1983, on Tuesday became the latest House Democrat... Read More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., a member of Congress since 1983, on Tuesday became the latest House Democrat to announce he won’t be seeking reelection in 2022. Cooper, a longtime member of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition of... Read More

January 26, 2022
by Dan McCue
Majority of Cities Felt Financial Wallop Within Weeks of COVID’s Arrival

CHICAGO — Despite an almost immediate infusion of emergency federal funding, the majority of America’s largest cities saw a sharp... Read More

CHICAGO — Despite an almost immediate infusion of emergency federal funding, the majority of America’s largest cities saw a sharp and lasting decline in their fiscal well-being when the coronavirus reared its ugly head, a new report says. Published by... Read More

January 26, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case Challenges College Admissions Policies

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an affirmative action case that threatens to invalidate college admissions policies... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an affirmative action case that threatens to invalidate college admissions policies intended to level the playing field for disadvantaged minorities. A group of Asian students say they were passed over by... Read More

January 26, 2022
by Reece Nations
Mayors Taking Pay in Cryptocurrency Embrace CityCoins Fundraising

SAN ANTONIO — Mayors Eric Adams of New York City and Francis Suarez of Miami, Florida, who have publicly championed... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — Mayors Eric Adams of New York City and Francis Suarez of Miami, Florida, who have publicly championed the benefits of cryptocurrency, now have turned to the digital tender as a means of public fundraising. CityCoins are a... Read More

FDA Blunders by Favoring Combustible Cigarettes Over Vastly Safer Smoke-Free Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month authorized the marketing of two combusted, filtered cigarettes as modified risk tobacco products. The... Read More

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month authorized the marketing of two combusted, filtered cigarettes as modified risk tobacco products. The products, 22nd Century Group Inc.’s “VLN (Very Low Nicotine) King” and “VLN Menthol King,” which produce all of the smoke... Read More

January 25, 2022
by Dan McCue
US to Keep Europe Energized If Putin Pulls Plug

WASHINGTON — If Russian President Vladimir Putin chooses to “weaponize” the oil and gas he currently supplies to Europe, the... Read More

WASHINGTON — If Russian President Vladimir Putin chooses to “weaponize” the oil and gas he currently supplies to Europe, the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia are prepared to make up a significant amount... Read More

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