Jun 15, 2018 Fort Report
“Stunning.” It’s the best word I could use to describe the events this week with North Korea.
Jun 8, 2018 Fort Report
Before I walked down to the floor of the House of Representatives to offer an amendment to the Farm Bill, I called Archie Devore of Lincoln. Archie started milking cows at twelve years old. Beginning the day at 4:00 AM, he has plenty of memories of wet tails whipping him in the...
Jun 1, 2018 Fort Report
Early in the morning of June 6, 1944, Adolf Hitler was haranguing his tired obsequious subordinates with grandiose stories about art and empire. At 3:30 AM, Hitler went to bed. A few hours later, on the Normandy coast, the Allied invasion of France began. Hitler’s aides...
May 25, 2018 Fort Report
In January 1944, after fighting their way from North Africa into Sicily, the Allies launched an enormous amphibious landing to maneuver around and divide heavily-fortified German lines in Italy.  Although the Allied landing at Anzio itself was not a battle, the courageous...
May 18, 2018 Fort Report
This morning in the Capitol I ran into one of my friends, a classmate who served as a sheriff before coming to Congress.  As a young 21-year-old deputy, he responded to a domestic violence call.  When he arrived, he found a man holding a butcher knife to his wife’s neck. ...
May 11, 2018 Fort Report
Given the lightening-fast developments on the Korean Peninsula with three Americans back home after imprisonment, and a summit scheduled between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, I want you to see something extraordinary.  It is striking; it is remarkable – a...
May 4, 2018 Fort Report
Michael wrote to me recently.  He asks: "Why hasn't anything been done with HEALTHCARE???”  I find the all-caps method of communicating to be overbearing, but Michael has a pointed point--and the right to say so.
Apr 27, 2018 Fort Report
This week, an astounding thing happened.  Just a couple months ago, we were critically close to a crisis with North Korea so potentially catastrophic that it is hard to get the mind around it.  In a gathering with Defense Secretary Mattis, I listened intently as he carefully...
Apr 23, 2018 Fort Report
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently announced the development of a new nuclear missile that appeared, in a video demonstration, to be aimed straight at the United States.  The RS-28 Sarmat—known as Satan 2 in U.S.-NATO military parlance—can purportedly avoid missile...
Apr 13, 2018 Fort Report
The big news in Washington this week was the decision of the Speaker of the House to retire. There have been rumors of Paul Ryan’s potential departure for a while, but, like so much of the innuendo out of Washington, I didn’t take it too seriously.  As I was concluding my...