Bill Thomas

About Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas is the author of Club Fed: Power, Money Sex and Violence on Capitol Hill as well as other books, and the co-author of Red Tape: Adventure Capitalism in the New Russia. He is also a former editor and writer with The Economist Group.

How the 2019 World Series Explains Washington

The year was 1924. Calvin Coolidge was president. The Roaring Twenties were in full swing. And the Washington Nationals (a.k.a. the Senators) won the World Series. It’s been 95 years since the Nationals beat the New York Giants in the ’24 Fall Classic. And for most of the century that followed local fans endured season

By | 2019-11-04T10:20:18-07:00 November 3rd, 2019|Tags: |

She’s Baaack!

Hillary Clinton is on another listening tour, and you know what that means. It may look like she’s only out hyping her new book, but Hillary’s real modus operandi never changes: She gets her hair done, packs some extra-large pant suits, and takes off to listen for her favorite sound—cha-ching!… cha-ching! With Bernie Sanders last

By | 2019-10-08T20:14:08-07:00 October 7th, 2019|Tags: |

Trouble in Government-Funded Paradise

There are more than 3,000 counties in the United States, and the nation’s capital is surrounded by five of the 10 wealthiest. Financial advisors call it “the proximity principle,” meaning people located near enormous amounts of money tend to benefit. As proof, the non-stop flow of federal funds in the form of salaries, pensions, bonuses,

By | 2019-09-24T21:06:04-07:00 September 23rd, 2019|Tags: |

Curtains for Comedy

Comedy used to be funny. Then Donald Trump was elected president. And comedy not only stopped being funny, it became a sinister arm of #TheResistance. After two years the laughter isn’t what it used to be, but the jokes stayed the same. In show business that means it’s time to get new material.

By | 2019-04-25T16:13:21-07:00 April 25th, 2019|

Trump’s Wall and a Plan to Stop Cartels at the Border

If you’ve been thinking Trump Derangement Syndrome couldn’t get any worse, consider the Democratic Party’s position on border security. Sitting behind President Trump during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent much of the evening making faces at the back of his head. And when he

By | 2019-02-06T22:00:36-07:00 February 6th, 2019|

Ryan Redux: Romney Assumes the Missionary Position

In Washington, winners write history, losers write résumés, unless, like Mitt Romney, they happen to follow the path of least resistance into a waiting Senate seat. A week after becoming senator elect from Utah, Romney was on Capitol Hill where the first person he visited was now-retired House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The

By | 2019-01-11T21:13:19-07:00 January 11th, 2019|

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