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).
Week of June 22
Hillary Clinton is in hot water again over Benghazi, this time thanks to the private e-mail server that she used as Secretary of State. (You can read its secret contents here.) She should have figured out that no matter how hard you try to delete e-mail, there's always someone else out there with another copy.
Deleter of the Facts
[ Leader of the Pack ]
Week of June 15
Just in time for Father's Day, an Illinois court has awarded custody of frozen embryos to a woman whose boyfriend objected to being "forced into parenthood." Welcome to the modern family! The ruling will cheer up Nick Loeb, who is suing ex-finacée Sofia Vergara for custody of their own frozen embryos, and maybe he can be a dad by next Mother's Day. Since this kind of legal wrangling has actually been going on for years, you'd think they'd have all learned their lesson by now...
The Case of the Frozen Son
[ House of the Rising Sun ]
From the album Georgie On My Mind (1990).
Week of June 8
Rick Perry is just the latest presidential candidate to announce for 2016, months earlier than he did in 2012, in a field that's already overcrowded. Jeb had better hurry up if he wants a chance to be heard above the din of less popular and lesser-known candidates.
[ 76 Trombones ]
Watch a live performance on YouTube.