Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy has been a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly since November 2014. Before then, she wrote at her own blog, Horizons, for almost a decade.

Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Social Studies/Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Theology/Marriage and Family Therapy. She provided counseling and therapy in various settings before becoming the executive director of a nonprofit organization whose mission focused on juvenile crime prevention.

Will the Real Jeb Bush Please Stand Up?

Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons It’s interesting to me that, of the top tier of 2016 Republican candidates, the one who seems to be trying to position himself best for the general election is the same one who is saddled with the last name Bush. But right out of the gate, Jeb tried to distance himself from… Read more »

The Challenge for White Liberals

It’s relatively easy for liberals to recognize and call out the racism of conservatives. But the interaction between #BlackLivesMatter activists and Bernie Sanders has given us an opportunity to examine our own unique brand. I’m not here to judge or support the manner in which these activists confronted Sanders. I’ll simply note that many of… Read more »

The Obama Doctrine

With the successful conclusion of negotiations with Iran over their nuclear weapons program, it’s a good time to revisit the idea of an Obama Doctrine in foreign affairs. When candidate Obama was running for president he was perfectly clear that he wasn’t against all wars, just dumb wars. He has consistently said that when/if America… Read more »

Expanding Access to Solar Energy, Broadband Internet and Public Lands

Over the last couple of weeks the Obama administration has launched several new initiatives that have gotten drowned-out as the news media focused on Trump-mania and the Iran deal. But they are nevertheless worth noting. The first initiative is about making solar energy more accessible/affordable to low income Americans. Last year, the United States brought… Read more »

Conservatives Launch Pre-Emptive Attacks on Sec. Julian Castro

One year ago, Julian Castro (former Mayor of San Antonio, TX) was sworn in as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Many people (including this writer) assume that he is the most likely prospect to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016. Apparently a lot of conservatives share that assumption because… Read more »