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...
Apr 6, 2018 Fort Report
Nebraska’s official state slogan is “The Good Life.” Though not enshrined in law, it’s remained our slogan since its creation in 1971, and has been emblazoned on state highway signs ever since.  There are at least two ways to read our slogan. First, the good life in terms of...
Mar 30, 2018 Fort Report
In 2014, Nibras Khudaida was a 16-year-old young woman living in the tight-knit 500-person village of Sreshka in Northern Iraq.  The area had long known peaceful coexistence among its diverse ethnic and religious groups that, for millennia, had called the region home.  Life’s...
Mar 23, 2018 Fort Report
This week in Washington a rare spring snowstorm hit the city. There was a question about whether the Wednesday morning DC Nebraska Breakfast would be cancelled in light of the pending government shutdown. I told the breakfast coordinator, “It doesn’t matter if DC shuts down,...
Mar 16, 2018 Fort Report
Recently, my good friend, U.S. Representative and Nebraska Governor Charles "Charley" Thone, passed away.  Although my responsibilities in Washington prevented me from attending a celebration of his life back in Lincoln, I wanted to commemorate his life here, so you could...
Mar 9, 2018 Fort Report
I happened once to be seated next to a national reporter from back east who was staring out of the plane window at the beautiful vastness of Nebraska.  I thought he might be wondering about the peculiar site of large yellow outcroppings.  “Do you see those yellow mounds?”  I...
Mar 2, 2018 Fort Report
The Winter Olympics in South Korea concluded this past week at a time of great peril on the Korean peninsula.  Despite some outstanding individual performances, Team USA had its lowest medal count in 20 years, with TV viewership the lowest ever.  Nevertheless, Americans remain...
Feb 23, 2018 Fort Report
In January, a friend invited me out to his farm in western Nebraska to hunt.  He's a very good conservationist.  He leaves habitat intact for the waterfowl, with sufficient space for their movement and rest.   
Feb 16, 2018 Fort Report
Last week in Lincoln, I held a first-in-the-nation forum on the impact of the new tax bill on individuals, families, and small businesses. Please keep reading! Taxes may not be the most uplifting of topics, but many Nebraskans, along with other Americans, continue to have...