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 ]
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.
Week of December 26
Donald Trump says he's "like, a smart person" but his cabinet picks, not so much. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was barely able to get C's and D's in college chemistry and physics classes, will head a department he pleged to abolish when he ran for the top job four years ago. It'll be a big change for the Department of Energy. Perry will be following not just one, but two distinguished physicists picked by President Obama, who is scrambling to secure whatever he can of his energy legacy in the short time he has left in office.
Rudolph, the Green Fuel Reindeer
[ Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer ]
Week of December 19
Jingo All The Way
[ Jingle Bells ]
From the album All I Want For Christmas Is A Tax Increase (2003).
Week of December 12
Flag burners got the Trump treatment on Twitter, with the president-elect demanding "consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail !" Trump has been confused about the U.S. Constitution before, but on this issue he's also way behind the times. George H.W. Bush tried to ban flag burning, too — and failed. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that it is constitutionally protected free speech, with strong support from Trump's favorite justice, Antonin Scalia.
Some Nuts Roasting Flags On Open Fires
[ The Christmas Song ]
From the album Danny's First Noël (1989).
Week of December 5
Conservatives are concerned about Donald Trump backing away from his main campaign promises already. Ann Coulter, devoted supporter — and author of In Trump We Trust — has been sounding the alarm and warning Trump not to betray his base.
[ White Christmas ]
From the album O Christmas Bush (2006).
Week of November 28
Jill Stein's recount effort is getting more attention than her candidacy ever did. Voters sent in cash. The Clinton campaign joined in. Then Donald Trump weakened the integrity of his own win by claiming there was widespread voter fraud after all. Did Stein predict the kind of storm she was unleashing? Could we end up with another recount controversy like the Bush-Gore election? Back in 2000, some Florida voters who were careless, not fraudulent, could conceivably have tipped the result by accidentally punching their "butterfly ballots" for the wrong candidate.
Punch Three Times
[ Knock Three Times ]
From the album One Bush, Two Bush, Old Bush, New Bush (2001).
Week of November 21
Duck Dynasty is finally going off the air, and the timing couldn't be better for the Trump transition team. Trump needs first-rate cabinet appointees, and soon Phil Robertson will be available to serve as U.N. ambassador, coming with the recommendation of Ted Cruz. His previous anti-gay and racist statements led to a suspension in 2013, but to the incoming administration Phil's a defender of free speech who says that Trump's critics "need to lighten up."
[ Yakety Yak ]
From the album How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying (2014).