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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Bob Good Hopes Final Vote Count Will Put Him Ahead of Trump-Endorsed Challenger

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by Tom Ramstack
Washington Commanders Settle Lawsuit Alleging Team Withheld Ticket Holders’ Deposits

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s attorney general this week announced a $1.3 million settlement with the Washington Commanders after the football team... Read More

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s attorney general this week announced a $1.3 million settlement with the Washington Commanders after the football team was accused of improperly withholding deposits by season ticket holders. The Virginia settlement, which is the largest so far, follows... Read More

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his administration will offer potential citizenship to any  immigrant without legal status... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his administration will offer potential citizenship to any  immigrant without legal status who has lived in the country for 10 years and been married to a U.S. citizen for an extended period... Read More

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WASHINGTON — A Senate panel strategized Tuesday during a hearing on ways to stimulate transit-oriented development with government funding. Transit-oriented development refers to urban planning that integrates high-density residential, commercial and recreational spaces within walking distance of public transit hubs.... Read More

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