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 against. It was, the New York Times reported, “the first time a chamber of Congress has approved establishing the nation’s capital as a state.”

Look at the vote breakdown, though, and you’ll see the challenges ahead for statehood advocates:

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 Nats gear up for their first-ever title defense — in a shortened, 60-game season, no less — here are some of the questions I can’t wait to see answered.

Can Trea Turner Provide Front-End Protection for Juan Soto?

Trea Turner missed time in 2019 with a broken finger, and didn’t even have surgery on the broken finger until after…

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 D.C. in 2012.

But, much like the team and its fierce competitors (led by Max Scherzer, he of the broken-nose game), I’m ready to move on and root for a 2020 repeat. Nats fans have surely read about some of the big storylines of this winter and spring:

  • When will…

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 was already over — as if I expected the Nats to lose their fifth straight winner-take-all postseason game.

After all, that 2012 team I enjoyed so much — the team that burst on to the MLB contender scene with a 98–64 record and a division title — ended their 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. With Opening Day upon us, fans can turn from talking about contracts to talking about contact — bat on ball, ball on mitt.

As an avid follower of both the on-season and the off-season, I want to get in one last word about the business of baseball before I cheer on my Nats (in what’s bound to be a thrilling NL East division battle this year).


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 remain very excited about these 2019 Nats whether or not they bring back star outfielder Bryce Harper.

Take this feeling with my last post about the Nats, and you might think I’m a Harper-hater. I’m not! If the Lerner family can comfortably commit nine figures to Bryce Harper while not

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” twice — once in October 2017 and again last week. And I’m so glad the performance is available for all, because it shines a new light on a song that even non-Springsteen fans have probably heard before.


You see, Springsteen’s most famous song is misunderstood.

I’m not talking about “Born…

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 Dan Crenshaw, Republican representative-elect from Texas, are quickly two of the most recognizable new members on social media.

It’s for good reason Ocasio-Cortez and Crenshaw are in the spotlight this month, several weeks before they even take their oaths of office. The two new members are making themselves more accessible…

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 scope of governments can make even policy wonks scratch their heads.

(NOTE: I used the terrific USAFacts.org for most of the statistics I pulled for this article. Please go check them out.)

To most of America’s 138 million voters, the numbers above don’t mean much at all.

That’s not an…

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 runs, 173 home runs, a .277 career average, and a .384 OBP. His average 162-game slash line, through age 25, is .277 (AVG)/33 (HR)/89 (RBI). That is, indeed, All-Star level stuff.

Despite all this, I’m going to douse Harper’s All-Star week with a cold-water take: the Nats should trade him.

Are you crazy?

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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