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Michael McKenna

Michael McKenna

Michael McKenna, a columnist for The Washington Times, is the president of MWR Strategies. He was most recently a deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of the Office of Legislative Affairs at the White House. He can be reached at

Columns by Michael McKenna

The Allure of Conservatism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The assault on national conservatism

There are no coincidences in politics, which is why when three different people attacked the idea of national conservatism from three directions in the span of a day last week, it was worth noting. Published September 25, 2022

President Joe Biden speaks during the United We Stand Summit in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. The summit is aimed at combating a spate of hate-fueled violence in the U.S., as he works to deliver on his campaign pledge to "heal the soul of the nation." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Forget Biden’s propaganda and his unity summits

Lost in the penumbra of the idiocy of Team Biden's celebration of yet another terrible number on inflation was President Joe Biden's "United We Stand" Summit. Published September 18, 2022

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., questions witnesses during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update on the ongoing federal response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Democrats don’t help the poor and won’t tax the rich

Remember back in January 2021 when Democrats spent all their time talking about how now was the moment to use the power of the government to address a variety of troubling societal problems? Published September 11, 2022

President Joe Biden speaks outside Independence Hall, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Biden’s fear of irrelevancy

President Joe Biden's speech last Thursday, in which he declared war on those who voted against him in 2020, gave us a peek into the actual status of the 2022 election cycle. Published September 5, 2022

Illustration on a new divide in the U.S. population by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The real polarization in the United States

By shifting the burden of paying back $20,000 from each person who incurred student loan debt to taxpayers, Team Biden exacerbated the political polarization of the United States. Published August 27, 2022

Illustration on stopping China's intellectual theft of the West's assets by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

China and the theft, weaponization of intellectual property

Texas A&M apparently has evaluated Chinese and Russian agreements of all kinds and decided that some of those partnerships posed risks that scientists might steal technology on behalf of another country. Published August 13, 2022

In this April 23, 2021, file photo, members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington. Seated from left are Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, while standing from left are Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Alito, Kavanaugh break down Roe’s ‘egregiously wrong’ interpretation of Constitution

The recently completed term of the U.S. Supreme Court was perhaps the most extraordinary one in memory. The high court addressed numerous constitutional issues, including the scope of the Second Amendment, religious freedom, the reach of the administrative state and, perhaps most importantly, the question of which level of government should regulate abortion. Published August 2, 2022