Happy Memorial Day!

If you work on Capitol Hill, you know that Memorial Day originated from the American Civil War, which cost more lives than any other conflict in the nation’s history.

Did you also know that at 3:00 PM on Memorial Day (May 27, the last Monday in May 2019), the nation officially pauses for a moment of remembrance for all those who have given their lives to protect freedom and the Constitution?

So whether you have travelled home to be with your family somewhere in Flyover Country or you and your loved ones gathered at the beach or in the mountains, or maybe your celebration happens at a place like Dewey Beach’s Bottle and Cork, remember, 3:00 PM on Memorial Day.

And take a few minutes to read this excellent piece in Roll Call about Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and the U.S. Army’s Old Guard, the unit that protects Arlington National Cemetery.

JOBS: Where Your Best Job Lead Is On Capitol Hill May Surprise You

By Bret Bernhardt

Conventional wisdom may say the best path to a good job on the Hill is through the hiring manager. That may be a chief of staff, legislative director, or state/district director.

However, there’s a surprise twist. More often than not, I have seen the best job leads for young and junior staff come not through senior staff,  but rather their own peers.

Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for senators Don Nickles and Jim DeMint.

As believers, we should know that community is very important. How often in the Scriptures is the fellowship of believers emphasized? This is no less true for you as you navigate, work, and live on and around Capitol Hill.

To this end, you will probably find the job you are seeking through a contact or connection with someone in your own age range or peer group. Take a look around and find out how your peers actually ended up in their first job on the Hill.

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Huge Surveys Of 11 Countries Find ‘Religious’ Couples Are Happiest

Conventional wisdom says liberation and autonomy are keys to happiness, but new study says better think again

A study by three scholars of data from two large surveys conducted in 11 countries encompassing the Americas, Europe and Oceania found that the happiest couples are the most religious.

Screen shot of cover of Institute for Family Studies report

“In many respects, this report indicates that faith is a force for good in contemporary family life in the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. Men and women who share an active religious life, for instance, enjoy higher levels of relationship quality and sexual satisfaction compared to their peers in secular or less/mixed religious relationships,” the authors report.

The study — “The Ties That Bind: Is Faith A Global Force For Good Or Ill In The Family?” — by co-authors W. Bradford Wilcox, Jason S. Carroll, and Laurie DeRose examined data from the World Values Survey (WVS) and the Global Family and Gender Survey (GFGS).

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Why Self-Assembling SmartPhones Are Coming And What They May Teach Us About … Well, Us

This could be a little difficult for some folks (me included) to wrap your mind around but imagine that your next Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy assembled itself, with no human or robot hands involved in the final process.

Self-assembling machines still require a brain to design them.
Photo courtesy Freerange.

No, that’s not science fiction speculation, but real-world technological progress. Super intelligent people at places like MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab are already working on turning the concept into reality and have come up with a pilot process, according to a smart guy who should know.

I don’t know about you, but I find that prospect absolutely fascinating because, if a self-assembly process is possible for a smartphone, the same cannot be far behind for … cars, computers, power plants, who knows what the limits might be or if there even are any limits.

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Abortion, Sex And Working On Capitol Hill

Okay, let’s talk about sex on Capitol Hill. There is a lot of it. Always has been, probably a lot more in the past than either the present realizes or the past is willing to admit. There was always a lot going on behind the alleged prudery.

Photo courtesy of Freerange.

Regardless of the frequency, sex on Capitol Hill among single people has consequences, as does sex between married and unmarried people. Try as we all might and have, sex is not something to be taken casually and recognizing that fact cannot be avoided, either.

It’s also impossible to avoid the issue of abortion, especially for those who work for Members of Congress and/or congressional committees. It’s a constant presence for everybody, those who are pro-abortion and those who are pro-life.

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Kristina Baum Is Running The Race Of Her Life

Imagine yourself fielding calls from journalists on your job while receiving cancer treatment in the hospital.

Spend a little time on Capitol Hill and odds are good that sooner or later you will see Kristina Baum running, either literally on one of her regular jogs or professionally as the Republican staff communications director for the House Natural Resources Committee.

To look at her striding along, you would not know she is battling cancer. And I don’t choose that term “battling” by chance. You will quickly see why in this superb interview with Baum by Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Kathryn Lyons.

Why Do You Persecute Me?

By Bret Bernhardt

How are we to respond when various threats are made against us as believers?

Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for senators Don Nickles and Jim DeMint.

One such threat was discussed in this space — “TOLERANCE TODAY: Harvard Keynoter Said Jews, Christians Should Be ‘Locked Up’ For Their Views” — regarding a recent symposium in which a speaker previously advocated imprisoning Christians and Jews for their beliefs.

In today’s hyper-charged environment, these type of  statements are becoming more frequent. It’s understandable how one would react when hearing something like this. For me, a sense of indignation, fear, and anger are the emotions I typically feel.

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