Conflict update: April 5 2017

SYRIA I’ve already written most of what I had to write about Syria today, but there are a couple of additional updates. Well, one, really. President Trump spoke in public, which seems inadvisable but I guess you make do with the president you have, and anyway after we spent last week (and, off and on,… Continue reading Conflict update: April 5 2017

These gasses aren’t going to light themselves

Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee (MOTTO: “Searching for Intelligence in the House of Representatives Since 1977”), contributed his best effort yesterday to the ongoing Republican war on objective reality. With the White House facing Congressional investigation over alleged Trump campaign ties to Russia and over President Trump’s thus-far completely unsupported accusation that… Continue reading These gasses aren’t going to light themselves

Well, he’s got his dream spin, anyway

Paul Ryan really doesn’t want to be Speaker of the House. I get that. It’s a very, very shitty job right now. John Boehner did want to be Speaker of the House, badly, and it took the nihilist branch of his own party less than five years to retirement seem preferable to another day on… Continue reading Well, he’s got his dream spin, anyway

People should be righteously angry about the Benghazi Committee

Whether you care about Hillary Clinton’s political aspirations or not, what happened at the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, deserves a real Congressional investigation. The four Americans who died in the attack on the consulate deserve a real Congressional investigation. Maybe such an investigation wouldn’t find anything wrong, maybe it would… Continue reading People should be righteously angry about the Benghazi Committee

Shortest Speakership on record?

Is Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) tenure as Speaker of the House over a full month before it could possibly have begun? He made the mistake of pulling back the curtain a little bit regarding the House Select Committee on Benghazi: “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a… Continue reading Shortest Speakership on record?

What’s the difference?

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is apparently deeply concerned that Planned Parenthood takes federal money while also engaging in political activities, since even though PP doesn’t spend its federal funding on politics, money is fungible. This is a pretty bad argument, but it seems to be the one he’s making. Here’s the thing: Catholic Charities gets… Continue reading What’s the difference?

Now he can spend more time working on his tan

John Boehner is resigning from Congress altogether late next month. Apparently, running this Republican House Caucus proved too much even for a guy who spent his whole career angling to be Speaker of the House and clearly relished having the job despite the fact that he was historically bad at it. Nobody is happier about… Continue reading Now he can spend more time working on his tan