Week of February 20
When Ruth Bader Ginsburg called Donald Trump "a faker," he tweeted back at the Supreme Court justice to resign. She worried that if he won, "everything is up for grabs" (and that was before she knew how much grabbing Trump already did). Now it looks like she and her liberal colleagues will be hanging on as long as they possibly can. Rumors to the contrary are just more fake news.
[ Stayin' Alive ]
Week of February 13
Donald Trump's admiration of Vladimir Putin knows no bounds, and maybe that should worry his political opponents. When Bill O'Reilly asked Trump whether he respects Putin, who "is a killer," he wasn't speaking in the abstract or metaphorically. Just ask the widowed Marina Litvinenko. (Trump's reply to O'Reilly: "We have a lot of killers" too.)
[ Love Potion #9 ]
Week of February 6
The same man Donald Trump once called "pathological" and compared to a child molester is now one of his most popular cabinet picks. While Democrats were complaining about Jeff Sessions' dishonesty, and Republicans were complaining about Betsy DeVos' inexperience, Dr. Ben Carson's nomination to be head of Housing and Urban Development made it through committee unanimously.
If We Only Had a Brain Surgeon
[ If I Only Had a Brain ]
Week of January 30
Steve Bannon is moving up in the world — and pushing everyone else down. The former head of Breitbart News, who encouraged far-right and alt-right conspiracy theories online, is Trump's "chief strategist." As of Saturday, he'll also have a seat on the National Security Council, where he can act on those conspiracy theories — without pesky opposition from non-political, reality-based know-it-alls like the Director of National Intelligence or even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both of whom have been dropped.
Loonies of the Right
[ Music of the Night ]
Week of January 23
After slamming politicians who are "all talk and no action" in his inaugural address, President Trump wasted no time acting on his own top priorities. Right after being sworn in, he signed his first executive order, rolling back Obamacare. And he did something even more important before the photographers arrived for the hastily arranged signing ceremony: he made sure his new gold drapes were already installed in the Oval Office. The White House has never been up to Donald and Melania's own classy standards, so taxpayers can look forward to more big changes.
[ Green Acres ]
Week of January 16
Will Donald Trump the president behave differently than Donald Trump the candidate? There's less than a week to go, but so far it's looking like the president we'll have is the same man he's been all along.
[ Rockin' Robin ]
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Week of January 9
House Republicans made a New Year's resolution to be decisive, but it didn't last long. Their first order of business was voting to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, and then they changed their minds in record time. (Thanks, Donald!) Next item of business: term limits? We'll soon see if the new Congress handles the rest of its early agenda with equal skill and clarity.
Here We Come a-Waffling
[ Here We Come a Wassailing ]
From the album O Christmas Bush (2006).
Week of January 2
Last year American politics reached new heights of absurdity, and the presidential campaign raised troubling questions about truth and lies in politics. And in journalism. And on the internet. It was a challenge for many Americans to know whether they were hearing the truth ...or whether they were hearing lirty dies.