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Michael McKenna

Michael McKenna

Michael McKenna, a columnist for The Washington Times, is the president of MWR Strategies. He was most recently a deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of the Office of Legislative Affairs at the White House. He can be reached at

Columns by Michael McKenna

Perils of Trade with China Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Biden outflanks Republicans on China

This past Wednesday, President Biden signed an executive order banning new American investments in advanced semiconductors and quantum computers in China starting in 2024. Published August 13, 2023

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Friday, July 7, 2023, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

How Trump can both win and lose: A third-party spoiler

David Axelrod tweeted: "One thing that separates Trump from DeSantis and much of the rest of the field is that Trump's core supporters don't see him as a politician. They see him as the blunt-talking leader of an anti-establishment insurgency." Published July 12, 2023

Illustration on candidate operatives losing election campaigns by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Good political operatives take campaign defeats personally

As I retrieved yard signs from polling places in the midst of a driving rain after the recently completed (and lost) primary election in Virginia, I wondered why this loss hurt a bit more than others. Published June 28, 2023

FILE - Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaks during a campaign event, June 2, 2023, in Lexington, S.C. At the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s annual conference in Washington, former President Donald Trump will give the keynote address Saturday night. Many of his Republican rivals are set to speak Friday, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tim Scott and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Artie Walker Jr., File)

The case for DeSantis over Trump

As the Republican primary contest becomes more crowded, and in the wake of the indictment of former President Donald Trump, it might be worth taking a look at the results of recent opinion research. Published June 24, 2023

Illustration on taxing carbon dioxide (CO2) by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

Yes, Sen. Cramer, you do support a tax on energy

A few days ago, four Republican senators joined four Democrats and Sen. Angus King, Maine independent, to introduce legislation that would set the federal government down the path of imposing a tax on carbon dioxide. Published June 22, 2023

Illustration on gratitude by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Much obliged: Gratitude binds us to one another

A friend recently paid off her student loans after 10 long years. That thankless journey to some semblance of financial independence seemed to be an occasion worth marking with some sort of token, and so it was. Published June 14, 2023