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The Healing Power of Garth Brooks

Posted On: Feb 27, 2021   |   Posted By: Time

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This is not something I ever imagined writing. That's something I've thought way too frequently over the last few years, but this is the first time in a long time that it hasn't been accompanied by a sinking pit in my stomach. I'm actually smiling as I sit down to write today's post-inaugural edition of The D.C. Brief.
And that's because I'm writing about the most unlikely of subjects in this newsletter about Washington and politics: Garth Brooks, the country music icon and perhaps America's unlikeliest of political counselors.
Yesterday, I sat at the base of the Inauguration podium, cold and jotting down some phrases in my notebook. “Unity,” “truth,” “uncivil war” and “threat” were scrawled in chicken-scratch with my frozen hand. New-President Joe Biden had finished his inaugural address, but I wasn't quite sure what to say about it. Its writing was quite fine, but...

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