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...
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,...