John Cole Cartoons

John Cole has been The Times-Tribune’s editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.

The devil we don’t know

The devil we don’t know

It’s all well and good that Attorney General Bill Barr assures us that his boss — a guy for whom “loyalty” is the only thing that matters in employment — neither colluded with the Russians nor obstructed any effort to investigate that question. Until we see substantive accounts of what Robert Mueller’s team of investigators found and the rationale for their conclusions, however, the nation will remain in the dark. We learned only yesterday, for instance, that the report runs longer than 300 pages. I’m not math whiz, but that’s a much bigger number than the four pages of Barr’s summary.

The devil’s in the details, as they say; it’s those details that Trump and his flying monkeys in congress — all of whom seem interested only in revenge against perceived tormentors — aim to suppress.

Nothing to see here

Nothing to see here

Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is exactly that: a summary. While Mueller reportedly found no evidence of Russian collusion on the part of the Trump campaign, he declined to exonerate Trump on the matter of obstruction of justice (Trump falsely claims otherwise, of course). The bottom line: unless we see the bulk of Mueller’s findings, we’re forced to trust the word of a president notable for serial mendacity.

A better mousetrap

A better mousetrap

Many Lackawanna Countians have expressed dismay at the details of former Scranton School District Business Director Gregg Sunday’s plea deal. Ordered to repay the district the roughly $8,100 for automotive repairs he improperly billed to taxpayers and placed on three years probation, Sunday’s guilty plea allows him to keep his approximately $76,000-a-year pension thanks to a loophole in Pennsylvania’s pension-forfeiture laws (a loophole that erstwhile state senator and convicted federal felon Bob Mellow recently jumped though).

The state legislature is currently crafting a bill to at least partially correct the situation.

Red meat in, red meat out

Red meat in, red meat out

Presidential budget proposals typically are nothing more than political statements. They stand no chance of being enacted; rather, they lay out an administration’s spending and program priorities. That said, Trump’s newly unveiled proposal is little more than a cynical kiss-off to middle- and lower-income Americans, many of whom have supported him.

Inside their heads

Inside their heads

I’m not completely comfortable with many of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s positions, but have to give her props for her preternatural political and social-media skills and preparedness when it counts. It’s been fun watching the GOP and right-wing pundits frantically grasp at straws to tar her, only to be dispatched by a quick tweet or fact-check. None of this is to say that she’s squeaky-clean in all matters; she is, after all, a political fish who has to swim in some seriously money-polluted waters. But it’s abundantly clear that “AOC” (as she’s frequently referred) has burrowed deep inside the right’s collective head — she represents the country’s demographic future, and that has them scared silly.

About John

John Cole has been The Times-Tribune's editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.