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.

Odds & Ends

The big scoop of the day goes to Eric Lipton at the New York Times, who reveals that attorney generals in at least a dozen states have formed secret alliances with energy companies. Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica has agreed to accept six detainees from Guantanamo. That leaves 172 still there, over half of whom have… Read more »

Comings and Goings at DOJ

If she wasn’t already in the spotlight as President Obama’s nominee to be the next Attorney General, Loretta Lynch might have reached that status anyway as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York – where she will oversee the federal inquiry into the choking death of Eric Garner. There is some… Read more »

Two Conflicting Views of Hope

Two authors I admire a lot have written very conflicting views about hope. Here’s Derrick Jensen: Frankly, I don’t have much hope. But I think that’s a good thing. Hope is what keeps us chained to the system, the conglomerate of people and ideas and ideals that is causing the destruction of the Earth… Hope… Read more »

“There Is No Normal”

From Jim Webb this week: Former senator and potential presidential candidate Jim Webb told an audience in Richmond on Tuesday that the Democratic Party has lost white working-class voters by becoming “a party of interest groups.” “The Democratic Party has lost the message that made it such a great party for so many years, and… Read more »

President Obama and the Power of Partnership

Prior to entering politics, Barack Obama taught classes in the community about power. Unfortunately, neither he nor any of the attendees have written much about the content of those sessions. But in watching him over the last seven years, we can begin to understand his view of the topic. As Riane Eisler pointed out in… Read more »