Janet Ybarra Administrator
Contributing Editor , The Bipartisan Press
Janet has had a long career in journalism, covering at various points entertainment, science and technology and politics. She spent 20 years covering Capitol Hill, the federal agencies and the White House. She even spent brief periods working for the federal government. Although she has her personal political beliefs, Janet's of an age to remember when people in Washington were able to work on a bipartisan basis, even when they, too, had strongly held political beliefs.

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Trump’s Treachery Now Has Americans Fired on in Retreat

Trump’s Treachery Now Has Americans Fired on in Retreat

Donald Trump's decision to back down in northern Syria now not only has cost our erstwhile allies, the Kurds, in their blood. Now Trump's cowardice may well result in American blood spilled, as well.
With Shep Smith Gone, Now The Inmates Will Run the Asylum

With Shep Smith Gone, Now The Inmates Will Run the Asylum

One cannot but think network executives will slide one more Tucker Carlson clone into Shepard's old time slot, and the pretense of being Fox "News" will finally have come to a final, screeching end.
Trump’s Decision to Abandon Kurds May Not Be Impeachable, But it Helps Make the Case

Trump’s Decision to Abandon Kurds May Not Be Impeachable, But it Helps Make the Case

Some 11,000 Kurds have given their lives in the fight against ISIS. And now Donald Trump has sold them out, plain and simple. That is a political calculus all Americans can easily understand.
Trump Shouldn’t Count on Republicans Protecting Him Anymore

Trump Shouldn’t Count on Republicans Protecting Him Anymore

A new Washington Post poll is out Tuesday, and it's not good news for Trump. Even Republicans are starting to back impeachment.
The Department of Energy: The Agency Rick Perry Forgot

The Department of Energy: The Agency Rick Perry Forgot

The truth is that Perry has not been alone in his ignorance: the Department of Energy historically has been a very misunderstood federal agency.
Losing His Mind on National TV, Sen. Ron Johnson Writes Own Political Obituary

Losing His Mind on National TV, Sen. Ron Johnson Writes Own Political Obituary

I hope Johnson thinks what he had to say Sunday was worth it. The fact that he is unlikely to be invited back to Meet The Press any time soon is the least of Johnson's problems.
Chairman Schiff, Stick to the Truth

Chairman Schiff, Stick to the Truth

Democrats must not--never--emulate the Trump team's habit for dissembling and dishonesty.
Sanders Recovering After Heart Surgery. Can The Same Be Said for His, Biden’s Campaigns?

Sanders Recovering After Heart Surgery. Can The Same Be Said for His, Biden’s Campaigns?

Both Biden and Sanders would be well advised to finally take the issues of health and age on, in a head-on and forthright way which could satisfy the majority of American voters.
Amping Up Attacks Against Whistleblower May Add Impeachment Charges

Amping Up Attacks Against Whistleblower May Add Impeachment Charges

Trump's rhetoric betrays the oath of office he took and, therefore, could simply add to the number of articles of impeachment he may ultimately face.
Lawrence O’Donnell’s Alternate Impeachment Theory: Republican Leader Ready to Ditch Trump in 2020

Lawrence O’Donnell’s Alternate Impeachment Theory: Republican Leader Ready to Ditch Trump in 2020

To hear O'Donnell tell it, McConnell knew that the whistleblower complaint would come out eventually--it was just a matter of timing.