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 story of the day is that American Luke Somers – who was being held hostage by al Qaeda in Yemen – was killed during a U.S. special forces rescue attempt. Here’s President Obama’s statement on that. Michael Cohen does a good job of debunking conservatives who suggest that President Obama’s foreign policy is… Read more »

Competition Works. Who Knew?

A lot of liberals (like Paul Krugman) doubted that competition among insurers in the marketplaces created by Obamacare would work to control the cost of premiums. But here’s the news from Kaiser this week. A surge in health insurer competition appears to be helping restrain premium increases in hundreds of counties next year, with prices… Read more »

Senator Harkin Was Wrong

Sarah Kliff is right. Just as Obamacare is showing itself to be a great success, it is coming under fire from some unlikely quarters…often Democrats. A lot of people have spoken out against Sen. Schumer’s criticism – including Paul Krugman. But not as many have challenged what Sen. Tom Harkin said. “We had the power… Read more »

A Stranger to Whom?

We all know by now that Chuck Todd thinks of President Obama as The Stranger. That narrative fits pretty well for a lot of DC pundits who see him as aloof, cold, distant and remote. But I suspect that description would come as a surprise to the young people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal… Read more »

Where Anger and Fear Have Brought Us

Darren Wilson made if very plain in his testimony before the grand jury that he was afraid of Michael Brown. As a matter of fact, his entire case is based on whether or not people believe that to be true. We also know that the officers who shot and killed 12 year-old Tamir Rice assumed… Read more »