The First Longest Day

The new Congress is in session, and House Republicans already have backed down on their plan to gut the power of the Office of Congressional Ethics. What have we learned so far? While it remains indispensable for understanding whatever is going on in the world, The New York Times already … Continue reading

Outcry Forces House Republicans to Back Down on Gutting Ethics Office

Outcry over the House Republicans shady bid late yesterday to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics has caused a reversal on the plan to gut it. The swift calls of outrage over the behind the scenes deal came hard and heavy from a bipartisan cadre of voices but most notably … Continue reading

Obama’s Top 50 Accomplishments vs The Snap Chat Presidency

Paul Glastris and Nancy LeTourneau have compiled an extensive list of President Barack Obama’s top 50 accomplishments in The Washington Monthly. It is one of those pieces that you want to bookmark, so when you are debating with right wingers who make false claims about Obama, you can pull facts quickly. … Continue reading

With Trump, The Old Is The Not-So-New ‘Normal’

Allowing for Donald Trump’s mangling of the English language and the many ways people were sexist toward and about Hillary Clinton while claiming they weren’t sexist, it may be that the biggest word of the 2016 election was “normalization”—complaints from critics that the mainstream media normalized Trump, and warnings from … Continue reading

Oversight? Who Needs it!

Oversight? Who needs it? Apparently the House Republicans think that the Office of Congressional Ethics is just some little tedious committee that can be simply tossed by the wayside, since they have control of the Executive and Legislative branches of the government. Today, in a big to make it harder for … Continue reading

Republicans Worry That Obama Will Appoint Garland to Supreme Court Bench

President Obama is known for playing his hand very close to the vest. We’ve seen a lot of the that in recent weeks as he finishes out his final days as president with a few stunning moves to protect the environment and in retaliation against the Russians for their hacking … Continue reading

Music, Politics, and Hillary Clinton

Five years before the Civil War, Benjamin R. Hanby, a student at Otterbein College, composed “Darlin’ Nelly Gray,” an upbeat ballad from the perspective of runaway slave Joseph Selby whose wife was taken from him. Proceeds from the song would be used to try to buy Nelly Gray’s freedom, but … Continue reading

The 24/7 Sneeze Factor

  by Walter Brasch Hillary Clinton is recovering from a mild case of pneumonia. However, shortly after she collapsed at Ground Zero while part of the 15th annual memorial of 9/11, her campaign staff said she was just exhausted and suffered heat exhaustion. It took a couple of days for … Continue reading

Race Issues Dominate White House Race

  by Walter Brasch (part 1 of 2)   Donald Trump, who is commanding all of 1 percent of Black voters, according to an impartial Quinnipiac poll, says he could get as much as 95 percent of the Black vote in a second term. In June 2011, he had said, … Continue reading