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Toby Moffett is a former member of Congress from Connecticut and a Senior Adviser at Mayer Brown, LLP. He has represented African countries, companies and NGOs for more than twenty years.

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Please Hillary, Don't Run (Away)

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 5:37 PM

Thank goodness spring has finally come to Washington. So many weeks of frigid ice and cold produced a lot of unhappiness and even, in some cases, temper tantrums. And many of those came from national columnists who call D.C. home.

I'm pretty sure that was Maureen Dowd I saw slipping...

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Dear Senators: A Note to Five Who Lost

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 10:54 AM

As you now know, with all due respect to T.S. Eliot, January, not April, can be the cruelest month if you've just lost your seat in the Congress. Election night was bad enough. You gave your concession speech before sobbing family and friends. At 3 a.m. you woke up lying...

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The Probing Congress: How Both Parties Can Lead a Renaissance of Oversight

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 6:12 PM

We are colleagues at our firm, even next-door neighbors at the office. We are friends, but we are also partisans. One of us is a conservative Republican, the other a liberal Democrat.

We originally thought about writing a post-election analysis focusing on some major issues that could produce historic legislation...

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More Than a Passing Grade: President Obama Succeeds With US-Africa Summit

(20) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:15 PM

On these pages last month, we offered the President and his team some friendly advice and "Dos" and "Don'ts" on the first ever US-Africa Summit. ("How Obama Can Get The Africa Summit Right.") Now, a week after the leaders of 45 African nations and over 100 companies returned to their...

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How Obama Can Get the Africa Summit Right

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:41 PM

The World English dictionary defines the "Dog Days of Summer" in the following way: "the hot period of the summer reckoned in ancient times from the heliacal rising of Sirius (the Dog Star); a period marked by inactivity"

Washington in early August is indeed known for inactivity. Congress departs...

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The Congressional 'Dance' on Gun Control

(88) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 12:51 PM

It's usually called "lobbying" but as Eric Redman suggested in his book The Dance of Legislation a half century ago, those who try to influence lawmaking -- congressmen and their staffs, constituents, advocates -- are more like choreographers. They're all desperately trying to make the dance go their way. And...

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