2015 Year in Review: Here and abroad

To be honest, I simply could have posted a page of Donald Trump cartoons here. The man’s bottomless self-regard, shameless appeal to our worst racist and nationalist impulses and penchant for lying 24/7 have made him a disaster for the Republican party and a...

Happy %&$# halloween.

— The budget deal struck between the White House, congressional Democrats and sane … er, moderate Republicans represented an extremely rare instance of big-picture DC bipartisanship. While House Speaker Paul Ryan might be correct in assailing the...

Shoot the hostage

— The self-named “Freedom Caucus,” composed of roughly 40 far-right tea party-affiliated anarchists “patriots,” has thoroughly mucked up matters in the U.S. House of Representatives. Unwilling to play by any rules of governance and...

The corpse

— A lot of folks are saying that, as a going concern, the national GOP is no more, that the chaos caused by anti-government tea party extremists has rendered the party incapable of running the country, let alone congress or itself. The Kevin McCarthy fiasco...

Boehner bows out

— I suppose no one can blame House Speaker John Boehner for planning to resign from congress. A political horse-trader by temperament and traditional conservative by voting record, his speakership has been a rocky one due to his fruitless efforts to deal the 50...