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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

Illustration on The New York Times and Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hypocritical and greedy New York Times can’t quit Trump

This week, The New York Times announced that they hired Michael Bender, formerly of The Wall Street Journal, to be their new reporter on what they describe as former President Donald Trump and the "Trumpism" beat. Published April 20, 2022

Illustration on the downside of impeaching President Biden by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Impeaching Biden would be a mistake

Impeaching President Biden is a terrible idea. Impeachment is and should be reserved for high crimes and misdemeanors, not for policy differences. Published April 16, 2022

Illustration comparing America to communist China by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

We’re better than communist China

Sometimes Americans' competitive nature requires that we think of our current rivals as much, much more impressive than they actually are. Published April 9, 2022

President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are shown in this file photo. (Associated Press)  **FILE**

The 2020 election is over and it’s time to move on

Former President Donald Trump never tires of talking about the legitimacy of the 2020 elections. Fair enough. However, the reality is that the election is finished, and the winner has been certified. Published April 6, 2022

In this March 4, 2019, file photo, the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

We need to reassess the conduct of the CIA, FBI, DHS and DOJ

In 1975, Sen. Frank Church, a Democrat from Idaho, gaveled in a new committee constructed specifically to examine legal and other transgressions engaged in by the CIA and other elements of the American foreign policy apparatus. Published March 30, 2022

Illustration on Biden energy policy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Voters reject Team Biden’s energy policies

There has been a lot of talk lately about rising energy prices, the supposed energy transition and the federal government mandating electric vehicles. Published March 26, 2022

In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Lia Thomas and Rachel Levine are men

Last week, Adm. Rachel Levine and Lia Thomas -- both of whom are men in any measurable, objective way -- were given awards specifically designated for women and denominated as awards for women. Published March 23, 2022

Gaslight Joe and energy prices Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Team Biden gaslights us on energy prices

Over the next few months, Team Biden will try to convince us that the answer to rising energy prices is to accelerate the rush toward alternative sources of energy (wind and solar). Published March 11, 2022

A Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces member hugs a resident who leaves his home town following Russian artillery shelling in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Why are we all watching the war in Ukraine?

The invasion of Ukraine has turned out to be pretty good television and great media content. Ratings for both cable and network news have increased dramatically. Published March 9, 2022

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The confidence of Sen. Rick Scott

Representative government is pretty simple. Candidates explain to voters what they will try to do once in office. Voters decide whether they think those things are good or bad and proceed accordingly. Published March 2, 2022

Democrats' Climate Hypocrisy Brings Heat on Themselves Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The end days of climate hysteria

In the last few weeks, it seems as if the entire intellectual and propaganda infrastructure of climate alarmism has crumpled. Published February 26, 2022

In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey speaks at a news conference in Martinsburg, W.Va. (Matthew Umstead/The Herald-Mail via AP, File)/The Herald-Mail via AP) ** FILE **

Patrick Morrisey: The most consequential West Virginian

Many people no doubt believe that Senate Democrat Joe Manchin is the West Virginian who will have the greatest influence on national policy and the federal government in the coming years. Maybe. Maybe not. Published February 23, 2022

Illustration on California electric/energy policy and the nation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What it will take for California to meet its climate goals

Southern California Gas, which is North America's largest gas distribution utility, announced that it intends to construct what it is calling the Angeles Link. The Link is a project designed to transport green hydrogen. Published February 17, 2022

Rioters try to enter the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Was Jan. 6 really a ‘violent insurrection’?

The Department of Justice likes to remind us occasionally that, since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 725 people have been arrested for crimes related to the events of that day. Published February 12, 2022