Former George W. Bush Administration speechwriter Jean Card and long-time Obama White House speechwriter Terry Szuplat join Paul Orzulak and Mary Kate Cary to discuss the controversy surrounding the resignation of White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter. As our panelists wondered aloud why neither the White House nor Congressional leaders seemed willing to condemn domestic violence, naturally, the President and top GOP leaders did precisely that by the time this episode was posted. The panel also shares personal stories about security clearances, what the other side is missing here, and answers the question: What exactly does the staff secretary do? Plus, What’s Making Us Hopeful This Week, including something that hasn’t happened in Virginia since 1982.