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Jim Moore
Jim Moore is a Washington, D.C.-based writer, editor, and photojournalist with 30-plus years in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government and in the news and magazine industries. On Capitol Hill, Jim was a House and Senate press secretary, a military legislative aide for a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and an investigator and editor for the Senate’s Gulf War Special Investigations Unit. His Hill duties took him to Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand as part of the first official congressional visit to open talks on American servicemen missing in action, and he traveled to the Middle East to research the health effects of environmental agents, depleted uranium, and chemical weapons on troops serving in the first Gulf War.

In between bouts of government service, Jim was the editor-in-chief of Amtrak’s Arrive magazine, and the executive editor of Military Exchange and Military Grocer, trade magazines covering the broad world of military commissaries and on-base stores. As a freelance editor and ghost writer, Jim nursed back to health half-a-dozen books covering politics, economics, and 9-11, as well as several government financial reports.

As a photojournalist, Jim was represented by Gamma-Liaison News Agency (now Getty), and his pictures appeared in most major U.S. newsweeklies and in national and foreign daily newspapers. Jim is one of the few civilian journalists to have volunteered for, and completed, two Air Force survival schools (water and wilderness). He is a frequent contributor to the Daily Download (

When he is not writing, editing, or taking pictures, Jim is a member of the board of the Metropolitan Washington Ear (, a nonprofit organization providing reading and information services for blind, visually impaired and physically disabled people in the Washington, D.C., region. He is also one of the Washington Ear’s volunteer readers.

Entries by Jim Moore

Bully in the School Yard

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:09 PM

When I was in junior high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the early 1960s, I was one of a number of students bused into town from a nearby Air Force base. The usual "townie" versus "base" relationships I'd experienced in previous postings in other parts of the country played out...

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The Right Choice for VA

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 12:59 PM

In a May 27 blog post I wrote:

What VA needs today is a leader who understands the dynamics of, and has a positive track record in, a large service network that can respond quickly -- with agility and accountability -- to myriad needs of several million consumers....

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Listen to the D-Day Generation, Their Time Is Running Short

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Seventy years ago, a few days after Allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches, a young Army Air Corps lieutenant, sitting up late at night at a small bedside desk in a Quonset hut in southeastern England from which he flew his P-38 Lightning, wrote to his wife of just...

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The Definition of Insanity at VA

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 11:02 AM

The oft-misattributed saying, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result," may not be one of Einstein's quotes, but it nonetheless applies to the Department of Veterans Affairs as verifiable accounts of wrongdoing by VA health care schedulers and managers accrete...

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If Not Shinseki, Who Should Lead VA?

(6) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 12:10 PM

In my last column, I suggested that if allegations of purposeful misdirection and malfeasance with respect to patient scheduling and the alleged creation of secret appointment lists at the Department of Veterans Affairs were found to be true, then the ultimate responsibility for those acts would fall on the shoulders...

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Time to Go: VA's Leadership Cannot Stand

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 10:31 AM

The latest news focusing on the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to portray an agency allegedly awash in preventable deaths, cooked-book appointment lists, poor internal communications, lengthy delays in benefits processing, and system-wide internecine bickering and backstabbing.

President Obama expresses outrage and sends a White House staffer to Phoenix to...

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'Tis the Season to Be Polling

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:39 AM

'Tis the season to be polling, and judging from just about every poll out there, there are a lot of folks who may be getting coal in their stockings from the American public -- the President, the Congress, government employees, the media, athletes, corporate captains, billionaires, even multi-vitamin manufacturers. The...

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The 80 Percent Solution to

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 9:59 AM

Sunday's Washington Post front-page headline, "Room for error in goal for health site," and its subhead, "1 in 5 could still be unable to enroll," led into a story that left me shaking my head... in disbelief and disappointment.

Let's rewind the tape for a moment,...

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Affordable Care: A Disappointment So Far

(2) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 11:12 AM

On a bitter, snow-covered and icy, winter night in 1967, I was driving my father's Oldsmobile Toronado -- a much sturdier and winter-worthy vehicle than my lighter, smaller VW bug. I was in a hurry to a pick up a new girlfriend in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, and go to...

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Bully in the Federal Workplace

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 4:40 PM

Bullying is the trending topic du jour, given the high news profile of the Miami Dolphins Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito revelations and the recent teen suicides prompted by peer bullies. But as almost anyone who made it through junior high school (as it was called in my day), or middle school...

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Planet of the GOPs: You Blew It All Up!

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 11:44 AM

As the government shutdown shuffles into its third day -- with no glimmer of resolution in sight -- I woke up this morning with a revelation about the end game the Republicans might have in mind. Just what are these so-called Republicans really up to? I say 'so-called' because the...

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GOP Shutdown: A Game of Shameful Politics

(8) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 9:54 PM

There is just no excuse for the travesty being visited on the nation this week (and maybe much longer) by a recalcitrant, spoiled, bullying, self-centered, hostage-taking, and, I think it fair to say, anarchic minority of Republican House legislators. Millions of Americans woke Tuesday morning after a troubled...

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Shutdown Not Worth a Warm Bucket of...

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 8:24 AM

This whole idea of a government shutdown is hogwash spewing from a noisy minority of legislators who apparently have nothing better to do than attempt to hold hostage the daily functions of the federal government. And for what? Somehow overturning a health care plan that is, so far, untested but...

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Who Do You Trust?

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 2:51 PM

It's taken me a full five days to write this piece in the wake of the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Five days to watch the truth of the events slowly emerge from the detritus of the rushes to judgment by the media and its "experts." Within...

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Obama's Syrian Pushmi-Pullyu: Going Nowhere

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 7:51 PM

I watched the president carefully Tuesday night. As a skeptic about any decision to project U.S. military force into Syria, I was hoping to see a sign that Mr. Obama was finally on a decisive path toward resolution. Wrong again. What I did see reminded me of the two-headed llama-like...

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Launch a Missile, Save a Refugee

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 9:33 AM

Serious doubts about U.S. action in Syria are surfacing all over editorial pages, social media, across the aisles of both chambers of Congress, throughout the nation, and around the world. If I were a headline writer, I'd have "It's a Mess" printed in the largest possible type.

I'm not a...

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For What It's Worth: Time to Stop the Drumbeats for Syrian Action

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 3:24 PM

"This is not going to end well." That was my first thought when I read the news about the Senate's proposed 60/30-day engagement language outlining President Obama's options in Syria: Sixty days of approved action, with a 30-day kicker. And after watching the Senate hearings, "This is not going to...

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Is Authority Permission?

(8) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 9:37 PM

I got into a debate Friday night with some friends who challenged me to explain the difference between giving someone the authority to act and giving them permission. "If they have authority," one of my friends said, "then they also have permission." I was not of that opinion, and said...

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Not the Time to Blame White America

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 1:12 PM

One of the great pleasures of my Thursday and weekend mornings is the privilege to record sections of the Washington Post for the Metropolitan Washington Ear (, a non-profit, volunteer-based, service for visually- and physically-disabled individuals. For almost 40 years, the Ear has "voiced" the pages of the...

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Freedom From Fear, Redux

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 4:53 PM

In his January, 1941, State of the Union Speech, President Roosevelt introduced his Four Freedoms--Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. In the context of a world plunging into war, the Four Freedoms constituted FDR's preface to recanting America's non-interventionist policies in support of...

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