Week of August 18
Hillary Clinton trashed President Obama's foreign policy during her recent interview in the Atlantic. She wouldn't have stood by as Syria collapsed or let ISIS run amok in Iraq, and she disagrees with her old boss that "don't do stupid stuff" is a good guide to foreign interventions. She hasn't been so critical of Obama since she ran against him in 2008 and then took a job with him after she lost.
Ebony and Ovaries
[ Ebony and Ivory ]
From the album Obama Mia! (2009).
Week of August 11
Marco Rubio gave a twist to the immigration debate recently by breaking ranks with his party and siding with Senate Democrats on emergency legislation. He also said he might vote against it later. Rubio has been criticized before as a flip-flopper on issues big and small. This time, he's just being more up front about it.
Livin' la Vida Marco
[ Livin' la Vida Loca ]
Get the album: How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying (2014).
Week of August 4
Stop the presses! Dubya surprises the world again! First it was his post-White House career as a painter, capturing public and private reflections on canvas. This time, it's a first in the history of presidential histories: George W. Bush is writing a book about his father, George H.W. Bush. He kept the project itself secret for two years, but we're looking forward to more of his original insights and lessons he learned from his father.
Talk 'bout Saddam
[ Walk Like a Man ]
From the album Between Iraq and a Hard Place (2003).
Week of July 28
Poor Hillary Clinton has had to cobble together part-time contract work since she left the State Department last year, trying to make ends meet and maybe do a little writing on the side. It has all the makings of a real rags-to-riches story: she and Bill were "dead broke" when they left the White House, and now she's working hard to catch up with his earnings, one $275,000 speech at a time.
[ Sixteen Tons ]
Week of July 21
Immigrants flooding the border have put Arizona back in the spotlight. The new arrivals are too young to drive, too dangerous to let stay, and too confusing for border-state politicians. If the illegals can't be deported right away, they can be sent to blue states instead.
[ Hotel California ]
From the album Desperate Housemembers (2011).
Week of July 14
Amazon wasn't kidding about plans to aggressively expand its service. Lately the retailer has been under attack from publishers, from writers, from the FTC — and even from the French. So the company that will sell you everything from books to music to your very own quadcopter just petitioned the FAA for a regulatory exemption from the ban on domestic drones so it can unleash its latest marketing weapon.
Everybody Must Get Droned
[ Rainy Day Women ♯12 & 35 ]
From the album How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying (2014).
Week of July 7
The Supreme Court's job is to settle controversies, not stir them up, but in the Hobby Lobby case it did both! Its decision gave closely-held companies conscientious objector status for their deeply-held religious beliefs, and now the court will have to resolve the next legal issue in dozens more pending lawsuits about birth control coverage under Obamacare.
I'm Just a Pill
[ I'm Just a Bill ]
From the album Fiscal Shades of Gray (2013).
Week of June 30
Beach trips and tourism in Crimea are down this year, so you can still get a good deal on a great family getaway this summer. The new Ukranian government thinks Russia will eventually have to cooperate, but Vladimir Putin prefers to do things his own way.
Putin on a Blitz (Crimea Edition)
[ Puttin' on the Ritz ]