Week of August 31
After its disastrous reporting on the infamous UVA case, Rolling Stone is finally turning over a new leaf. The magazine is gradually handing over operations to the son of its founder and returning to its "original values... covering all the ideas and stories that rock 'n' roll embraces." And just in time for the presidential campaign!
Like In Rolling Stone
[ Like a Rolling Stone ]
Week of August 24
From the album Desperate Housemembers (2011).
Week of August 17
Fidel Castro spoke out the day before the historic re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, complaining that the U.S. owes millions of dollars in damages from the decades-long embargo. Whining like that won't get the U.S. to give Guantánamo back — and you can't take him too seriously when Cuba never even cashes the annual rent checks for the Guantánamo lease. Besides, Cuba owes the U.S. a lot more than that. Luckily his brother Raúl tries to be a little more diplomatic while still managing to eke out a modest living running the country.
[ Copacabana ]
From our new album, Mock the Vote (2015).
Week of August 10
The nuclear agreement signed last month with Iran still needs to make it through Congress, so the administration is turning up its charm offensive with Republicans while trying to keep too many more Democrats from jumping ship. John Kerry is "profoundly" disappointed opposition to the deal, but he's standing by it since the alternatives are worse.
Stand By Iran
[ Stand By Your Man ]
From the album How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying (2014).
Week of August 3
Rick Perry is battling it out with Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the last of 10 prime-time spots at the first GOP debate this week on Fox. The loser gets broadcast from the "little kids table" at 5pm, where the standard is so low that even Carly Fiorina and George Pataki won't be cut for failing to reach the 1 percent level. According to the latest polls, the former Texas governor is on the edge. Perry wants to avoid another "Oops!" moment on national TV, so he's workin' extra hard to do better this time. But it might not be enough.
The Brain-Mouth Connection
[ The Rainbow Connection ]
Week of July 27
Conspiracy theorists like Lou Dobbs and Donald Trump were thrilled this week when President Obama traveled to his birthplace. It was just four years ago when Trump first took the lead among GOP contenders by talking about issues "no one else is talking about" or (as Obama put it) "focusing on the issues that matter."
Secret Kenyan Man
[ Secret Agent Man ]
From the album Liberal Shop of Horrors (2010).
Week of July 20
Donald Trump's surge to the top of the polls has left most of the GOP field far behind. So don't expect him to apologize soon for his controversial remarks about John McCain (after all, McCain started it) or to change the campaign style that makes him so popular.
Week of July 13
In a remarkably bipartisan vote, the Senate recently approved the McCain-Feinstein amendment against torture by a margin of 78-21. Still, there was a lot of Republican opposition. The only senator to miss the vote, Marco Rubio, was against the torture ban, as was fellow GOP candidate Sen. Lindsay Graham. Jeb Bush didn't get to vote, but he was against it before he was in favor it. And despite calls for accountability over past abuses, former V.P. Dick Cheney remains unrepentant.
Lie Lie Lie
[ The Boxer ]
Week of July 6
Greek voters decide to reject Europe's bailout plan and default on their massive debts to Germany and the rest of the eurozone. If those German bankers hang tough, Greece will have to either reform its economy and culture of tax fraud on its own...or appeal to another country foolish enough to bail it out.
Greece! The Musical
[ Grease ]
Week of June 29
If President Obama's views on same-sex marriage can evolve, so can the Supreme Court's. (And who says they're done evolving? In Chief Justice Roberts' opinion, the ruling should extend to polygamy as well.)
I Want a Guy Just Like the Guy Who Married Dear Old Dad
[ I Want A Girl (Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad) ]
From the album Papa's Got A Brand New Baghdad (2004).