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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

Access abortions and elections illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Abortion access and 2024 elections

The recent defeat of the pro-life cause in Ohio has been identified as the ratification of a new moment in American politics, one in which red states ultimately are turned blue over the issue of access to abortion. Published November 26, 2023

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

Why national conservatism resonates with so many Americans

A few days ago, in its excellent daily newsletter the Hotline, the Committee to Unleash Prosperity stated that data suggests that, with respect to income, things have been pretty good for members of the middle class. Published November 10, 2023

Airmen with the 436th Aerial Port Squadron use a forklift to move 155 mm shells ultimately bound for Ukraine, April 29, 2022, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. When U.S. lawmakers approved a spending bill Saturday, Sept. 30, that averted a widely expected government shutdown, the measure didn’t include the $6 billion in military assistance that Ukraine said it urgently needed. Now the Pentagon, White House and European allies are urging Congress to quickly reconsider. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

War can be profitable, especially for defense contractors

In the wake of the Hamas attack on Israel, American politicians have lined up to see who can suggest the most aggressive response to the barbarity unleashed upon Israeli men, women and children. Published October 25, 2023

Illustration on voting for persons with actual experience and foreign policy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Vote for those with actual experience

For a number of years, some "intellectuals" or "elites" have been eager to identify themselves as foreign policy experts and to make sure that the rest of us defer to them. Published October 18, 2023

The Capitol in Washington, is seen at sunrise, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. On one side of the U.S. Capitol, two senators have steered the debate over government funding mostly clear of partisan fights, clearing a path for bills to pass with bipartisan momentum. Steps away, on the House side of the building, things couldn’t be more different. House Republicans, trying to win support from the far-right wing of the party, have loaded up their government funding packages with funding cuts and conservative policy priorities. Democrats have responded with ire, branding their GOP counterparts as extreme and bigoted and withdrawing support for the legislation.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Expand transparency in the federal government

It has been a busy few days for a couple of federal agencies trying to explain away or ignore documents that emerged as a result of information requests pursued under the Freedom of Information Act. Published October 6, 2023

Illustration on providing natural gas to Poland by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A rebuttal to Venture Global

One of the great things about writing a column is that it occasionally draws blood and the intended target responds with an ill-advised letter to the editor. Published September 27, 2023