On April 14, a U.S. House committee will hold its first vote in 2021 on making Washington, D.C. the 51st U.S. state.

This comes less than a year after the House voted to grant D.C. statehood in June of last year, by a margin of 232 votes for and 180…


After a pandemic-induced delay and a fierce labor battle between players and team owners, baseball finally returns Thursday night. The team I have rooted for since adopting D.C. as my hometown in 2011 (the Nationals) are taking on the team I rooted for growing up (the evil-empire Yankees).

As the…


On Castro’s launch angles, Sanchez’s hard-hit percentage, and other stats that may slip through the cracks.

I’m beginning to come out of hibernation from a fall and winter spent celebrating the Washington Nationals’ first World Series championship. I had the privilege of seeing the Wild Card game that started it all last year, easily my favorite of dozens of Nats games I’ve seen since coming to…


Demons lurked in the bullpen, on the mound, and in the outfield. It feels like the Nats shook them all off with their 2019 NL Wild Card win.

On the walk to Nationals Park this past Tuesday, I told the friend who was attending the NL Wild Card game with me that the 2019 Washington Nationals were my favorite version of this team since 2012.

I realized later that I made that statement as if the 2019 season…


While baseball fans obsessed over the free agent sagas of Harper and Machado, some of the sport’s best players signed nearly $2B in extensions.

The 2019 MLB season is just around the corner. …


Even if they don’t bring back their All-Star outfielder, the Nationals spent the winter of ‘18-‘19 making smart moves to become more competitive in ‘19.

As a baseball fan and Washington, D.C. resident, I’m more excited about the 2019 Washington Nationals than maybe any version of this team since 2012. That’s the year the Nats busted onto the contender scene, and came within one win of the National League Championship Series (NLSC).

What’s more, I’ll…


Bruce Springsteen’s best-known song is misunderstood — and I’m not talking about “Born in the U.S.A.” Luckily, the new “Springsteen on Broadway” album gives people a peek at why “Born to Run” is so meaningful.

Anyone who knows more than a thing or two about me knows I’m a diehard Bruce Springsteen fan. So, December 14 is a pretty good day: it’s the day the “Springsteen on Broadway” album came out on Spotify (and other services).

I was lucky enough to see “Springsteen on Broadway”…


With a commitment to accessibility, approachability, and good humor, Democratic and Republican millennials are already changing Congress.

While the president fires off on Twitter every morning, and D.C. speculates over whether Nancy Pelosi has the votes to be the next speaker, something extraordinary is happening at freshman orientation: millennials are running the show.

Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic rising star and representative-elect from New York, and 34-year-old…


Talking in trillions and billions is important, but so is making the budget more accessible to Americans.

$5,660,024,200,000. That’s how much federal, state, and local governments spent in 2015.

$3,740,300,000,000. That’s how much the federal government alone spent in 2015.

$887,700,000,000. That’s how much the federal government spent on Social Security — one of its largest single items.

Dizzy yet? I wouldn’t blame you.

The size and…


Outfield’s not a problem for the Nats. Two other positions are.

This week, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper won the Home Run Derby and is batting sixth in the All-Star Game, all in a city he’s called home since 2010.

And since his 2012 debut, across seven years, Harper has put up some impressive stats in D.C.: 855 hits, 564…

Andrew Lautz

Writing about policy, politics, baseball, and more. Born/raised in CT. Proud D.C. resident. Raisin Bran Crunch enthusiast. Always tired.

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