David A. Fahrenthold

For David A. Fahrenthold's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

U.S. government not shrinking fast

Aug 26, 2013

U.S. government not shrinking fast

After 2½ years of budget battles, the U.S. federal government is on pace this year to spend $3.455 trillion. That figure is down from 2010 — the year that worries about government spending helped bring on a tea party uprising, a Republican takeover in ...

Grahams shepherded Post through tumultuous eight decades

| Aug 6, 2013

Grahams shepherded Post through tumultuous eight decades

It began with a bankruptcy sale in 1933, when a Republican businessman and presidential confidant reinvented himself as a newspaper publisher in the nation’s capital. It ended with an announcement that his descendants had sold the newspaper to an Internet wizard who lives in ...

NSA leaks allow Wyden chance at privacy debate

Aug 4, 2013

NSA leaks allow Wyden chance at privacy debate

It was one of the strangest personal crusades on Capitol Hill: For years, Sen. Ron Wyden said he was worried that intelligence agencies were violating Americans’ privacy. But he couldn’t say how. That was a secret. Wyden’s outrage, he said, stemmed from top-secret information ...

Magician conjures up disaster plan for rabbit

Jul 17, 2013

Magician conjures up disaster plan for rabbit

This summer, Marty the Magician got a letter from the U.S. government. It began with six ominous words: “Dear Members of Our Regulated Community . . .” Washington had questions about his rabbit. Again. Marty Hahne, 54, does magic shows for kids in southern ...

Boehner 'soft' approach boon, bane

| Jul 2, 2013

Boehner 'soft' approach boon, bane

When someone crosses John Boehner, he or she can expect a couple of reactions from the House speaker. Sometimes it is a thwack on the back and a disapproving shake of his head, quickly followed by a begrudging smile to indicate that all is ...

'Nutty' U.S. researcher champions oddball science

Apr 12, 2013

'Nutty' U.S. researcher champions oddball science

Patricia Brennan received $384,949 from the U.S. government to study duck genitalia. Last month, that made her a national joke. Now, it’s made her a little bit of a folk hero. “Genitalia, dear readers, are where the rubber meets the road, evolutionarily,” Brennan wrote ...