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.


Cleaning Up Past Mistakes

Given that it’s very possible that we could have another Clinton/Bush presidential contest in 2016, it looks like some family members from past administrations are stepping up to address their mistakes. For example, former President Bill Clinton just apologized to Mexico for his escalation of the failed war on drugs that has so devastated that… Read more »

Fighting the Extremists Within

One of the things that I find interesting in the conservative outrage over President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast is that most of it is focused on his inclusion of the Crusades (and occasionally the Inquisition). It is an attempt to dismiss what the President said because the events he referred to happened… Read more »

McConnell Is Blowing It…Big Time

My take on Sen. Mitch McConnell has always been that he is not so interested in issues/policies as he is in the power game of politics. That approach was never on display more clearly than when he said that his number one goal was to ensure that Obama was a one-term president – in the… Read more »

Netanyahu Directly Challenges Official U.S. Policy

Under the leadership of President Obama, the official United States position is to attempt to negotiate an agreement with Iran to stop their development of nuclear weapons. We are currently engaged in those negotiations in concert with the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council (Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France) plus Germany…. Read more »

The Presidency and War Powers

As discussion heats up about the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS that was submitted to Congress this week by President Obama, it is important to remember that the balance between presidential war powers and Congressional oversight has been a source of conflict for a long time. Our Constitution gives Congress the… Read more »