The firehose of news is still gushing. Let’s take a quick look at some of the major stories just in the past few days. Repeal and replace fails, shady meetings at the White House compound, a derailed House Intelligence Committee investigation, more awfulness in Iraq, environmental destruction and . . . the beginnings of another round of Repeal & Replace. (It’s never over ’til it’s over.)
Five major news stories per day is apparently now the norm. Just over the last few hours, more news has broken related to this cartoon and the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Trump administration/Russia connection. Most recently, Rep. Adam Schiff has said there is now “more than circumstantial” evidence that the Trump crew colluded with the Russians.
This has been a head-exploding week so far, and it’s only Wednesday night as I write this. Take your pick, from Donald Trump accusing Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly talking seriously about separating children from their mothers if they cross the border illegally. Or maybe we should talk about the revised “travel ban” of 6 Muslim nations, or maybe the “repeal & replace” of the Affordable Care Act? Head exploding . . .
Of course you’ve heard about President Trump’s rally in Florida where he mentioned, “last night in Sweden,” as a way to bolster support for his anti-immigrant stance. Must’ve been an underreported terror attack, right? Or at least some immigrant violence? Turns out nothing had happened and Trump is just an old man who repeats whatever he sees on Fox News.
Russophile Michael Flynn is out and all eyes are on Russian influence in the White House. The Trump Administration has not yet established a kleptocracy, but they’re well on their way to establishing a QVC-ocracy. Whether it’s Donald Trump urging people to buy L.L. Bean products (since a member of the Bean family gave Trump a generous campaign contribution) or Kellyanne Conway’s now-infamous sales pitch for the Ivanka Trump brand, these people are in a selling mood.
President Trump’s “so-called” judges may very well turn his executive orders into “so-called executive orders.” It is astounding that while awaiting the decision of the Ninth Circuit court, Donald Trump would tear into the very judges deciding the case. Trump is becoming more pathological with each passing day.
Now that Steve Bannon made it from right-wing ranter to a notch or two above the Joint Chiefs of Staff, maybe we should take a closer look at him. A boring bureaucrat he ain’t. A scary power-hungry nut, he is.
The reason Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” line brought so much attention is because it gave a name to what the Trump Administration is trying to do— whatever they want at whatever the cost. “Truthiness” is out, “alternative facts” are in.
If you haven’t picked up your free inauguration tickets yet, there’s still time! To get you in the mood, this cartoon is a little preview of what we can expect. How many times will Donald Trump say “great” and “incredible” in his speech? (Use caution if you plan on playing an inauguration speech drinking game.)
From drone strikes against Americans overseas to broad surveillance powers to indefinite detention, Obama certainly kept his options open, which means he kept President Trump’s options open.
While everyone has been focusing on President-elect Trump’s tweets, Republicans in Congress are beginning to implement their extremist vision. Sure, an upstart group of House Republicans backed down on gutting the ethics office, but there is plenty more to come.
We made it to the end of 2016! Hooray, it’s smooth sailing from here, right? Right? Um, at any rate, I wanted to give a special shout out to the pundits. While there is plenty of failure to go around, the soothsayers and seers of the pundit class deserve a special failure award for their 2016 performance.
Everyone seems so ready to be done with 2016, but I’m a little more concerned about what’s in store for 2017. Come January 20th, Trump will be a real, live president and not a president-elect. Seems only fitting to do a holiday homage to the best animated Christmas show, ever. (Sacrilege, I know, but I really couldn’t resist.)
It’s been a big week for Vladimir Putin and Exxon. (Look, Kanye!) Who needs to secretly hack computers anymore when you can just pick a homegrown oil oligarch with billions of dollars at stake in Siberia as your Secretary of State? (Didja see Kanye?)
Where to begin with the Dakota Access Pipeline? The rubber bullets? The sound cannons? The attacking dogs? The tribal sovereignty, or lack thereof? (I haven’t even mentioned global warming yet.) There are so many awful events that have been happening around this pipeline project and the protests against it, it’s hard to keep up.
With the Trump transition team trickling out cabinet picks, thousands of Administration jobs are ripe for the picking. (Ben Carson, if you’re reading this: Donald Trump is trying to reach you, pick up your phone!) From “moderate” picks as Trump kinda’ sorta’ tries to reach out to his former opponents and critics, to an alt-right white nationalist (let’s just say it, “neo-Nazi”) sympathizer, the President Elect is slowly trying to build a team.
The grand Donald Trump Administration transition-to-the-White-House is underway. Trump already seems to be running his Administration like a business, a very chaotic business filled with nepotism and infighting, but a business nonetheless. Since Republicans and Democrats are equally dazed for varying reasons, I thought it’s high time we check in with Dogboy and Mr. Dan.
Wha’ happened? What an awful, strange, crazy, mind-boggling election. Am I missing something, or did we just elect a real estate developer/reality show star who campaigned on xenophobia, racism and bullying while recorded evidence (and scores of accusers) revealed a history of sexual assault?
After what seems like twenty long years of primary campaigning and another ten years of general election campaigning, election day is nearly upon us. Seems like just yesterday that Jeb Bush had this thing locked up with his horribly-named “shock and awe” fundraising strategy.
When Donald Trump warns of a rigged election depriving him of the White House, his call to arms will most likely be a call to his lawyers. Judging by his track record, surely there has never been a more sue-happy nominee for president. If voters don’t cooperate by Making America Great Again, maybe The Donald can sue his way to the White House.
As the Orange Giant collapses upon itself, all news and insight disappears into the black hole of the current campaign universe. With each outlandish statement or unhinged tweet, the self-destructing star sucks up all available attention and oxygen.
Well, the first presidential debate didn’t go exactly as Donald Trump planned, even though he (and plenty of “voters” from Russia) claimed otherwise. No matter what you think about Hillary Clinton’s policies, she played Trump perfectly at the Hofstra University debate.
The Donald Trump speech style seems to be one perpetual political rant with frequent business venture plugs thrown in for good measure. Remember the Trump Steaks press conference? We were recently treated to the promise of a Grand Trump Announcement about his Birther status. The announcement quickly turned into an off-the-cuff advertisement for the brand-new Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. (And endorsements by a number of Medal of Honor winners thrown in for good measure.)
It’s been a tough week for Hillary, between her “basket of deplorables” comment and her keeling over from pneumonia on September 11th. (I still, for the life of me, don’t understand why she said “I’m feeling great” about an hour after the keeling-over incident. A normal human may have said something like, “I have pneumonia, not feeling so good but I’m getting better!”)
Poor Little Suzie Newsykins, she’s trying so hard to keep up and make sense of her summer spent soaking up the presidential campaign. Little Suzie learns everything she knows from grownups, unfortunately. How the summer has flown by, why, it seems like just yesterday that Donald Trump was calling a judge of Mexican heritage unfit because of his Mexican heritage. (That was in June.)
After Donald Trump’s whirlwind diplomatic mission to Mexico, he is apparently still the same guy. Every time he is about to do something slightly grown-up and presidential, the pundits chatter with anticipation. Time and time again, he’s still Trump.
As we mark the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, there is a lot of talk of our parks being “America’s best idea.” If the parks and our public lands are our best idea, what are our worst ideas? Sadly, there are plenty of worst ideas to go around.
Donald Trump’s love of Russia, various strongmen and secrecy seems to be one of his (many) defining characteristics. With the revelation this week that Trump’s right-hand man, Paul Manafort, was listed on a secret ledger showing he received $12.7 million for his work supporting former Ukranian president, Viktor Yanukovych, the intrigue deepened. Never fear, though, The Donald brought in a top executive from Breitbart News to shape things up so things will surely calm down now, right?
In order to keep up with the flurry of Trump stories, satire now needs to happen in real time. It’s been a busy week for Donald Trump, who started his week by fighting with Khizr and Ghazala Khan. Going after parents who lost their son in the Iraq War wasn’t enough, though, Trump Co. news ranged from an itchy nuclear finger to blaming the victim to tangling with a crying baby.
What sounded like a wild conspiracy theory about, oh, three seconds ago, now sounds like a plausible explanation. Every time you think this presidential race can’t get any weirder, it does. It now sounds increasingly likely that the Russians hacked the DNC’s email, then helped release what they found to the world on the eve of the Democratic convention.
It’s hard to keep up with the parade of craziness coming out of the Republican convention in Cleveland. Leading up to the convention, Donald Trump implied President Obama is in league with cop-killers and terrorists, soon after, Rudy Giuliani ginned up the boogie-man factor by shouting, “you know who you are and we’re coming to get you!” (That doesn’t count various calls for Hillary Clinton’s imprisonment and execution by firing squad.) And it’s only Wednesday!
Even before the recent racially-charged violence in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, there was an undercurrent of “either-or” thinking in the United States. Whether we’re talking about partisanship, foreign policy or race, the George W. Bush-style thinking of “you’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists” seems to be on the rise. Binary brains are all the rage.
Now that the Juno spacecraft is orbiting Jupiter, we’ll soon find out what is under all of those colorful, striped clouds. What if it’s a wonderful planet that is a parallel Earth? Okay, I’m a sucker for imagining cosmic what-ifs.
If you thought the House Select Committee on Benghazi was the end of the Hillary investigations, guess again. Picture what will happen when you combine the partisanship and drive of Congressional Republicans with the scattershot, conspiratorial insanity of Donald Trump. The Donald just loves to ask questions and leave them hanging out there as delicious bait for a broad constituency.
With Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, calling the #NoBillNoBreak sit-in a “publicity stunt,” let’s take a look at what Representative Ryan has been doing lately to get attention of his own. I actually feel kind of sorry for the guy. (Okay, not really.)
Now that we have had the deadliest mass-shooting in the history of the United States, can we please do something to help stop the carnage? Sadly, I’m not too hopeful— if we didn’t do much after twenty 6 and 7-year-olds were massacred in their classrooms, we probably won’t do much when 49 people partying at a gay club are gunned down.
Hillary Clinton finally clinched the nomination, and Little Suzie Newsykins is back to tell you all about it. Those “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” aren’t quite 18 million this go round but she did it after a long slog. (Hillary won the nomination with about three million fewer votes than she had when she lost the nomination in 2008.)
Now that Donald Trump has unloaded on the media yet again, maybe we should all just stop giving him so much attention. Must. Stop. Can’t. Stop. Can’t. Look. Away. Methinks Trump would hate the press even more if we stopped covering him.
You may have missed it among the flood of presidential campaign news, but NASA recently announced the discovery of over twelve-hundred new planets. (1,284!) That, and other new discoveries, inventions and research projects seem to be arriving at a faster rate.
Now that Donald Trump is in charge of the Republican Party and apparently already has a “mandate,” let’s imagine what the Republican convention in Cleveland will look like. This isn’t going to be a gauzy Mitt Romney, pack-the-stage-with-minorities-and-feature-the-up-and-coming-party-leaders sort of convention.
Right-Wing Ralphie is back, this time guiding us through how Donald Trump became Trump the Republican Nominee. Spoiler alert: this has been brewing for a long time, don’t just blame Indiana.
As the major presidential candidates are biting and scratching their way to get a majority of the delegates, let’s take a closer look at how those delegates are doled out. Simply put, a presidential candidate has to get a majority of the delegates to become the party’s nominee. But it’s not always quite that simple, as we’re seeing today.
Leading Republicans other that those named “Trump” or “Cruz” so want a viable alternative to the crazy town race currently under way. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, just crushed their dreams. The story goes that Ryan would make a more mainstream, palatable Republican presidential candidate.
Now that the Panama Papers have begun to reveal the shadowy world of Mossack Fonseca’s offshore accounts, isn’t it time to look at the entire system? Remember, Mossack Fonseca is just one of many firms specializing in setting up offshore accounts that allow people to hide their money. (Or, more importantly, hide themselves.)
Now that Trump has won Florida and is continuing his march to the GOP nomination (barring a Kasich or Cruz miracle), let’s review The Donald’s violent statements from his recent campaign rallies. Trump is again telling us we shouldn’t believe our own lying eyes and ears. He has been playing with some very dangerous fire and continues to tap dance around the truth.
It makes perfect sense that a few days after touting his penis size during a presidential debate, Donald J. Trump would display raw meat, wine and champagne at a press conference. Will there be a lion on a leash or bear wrestling next? Things seem to be getting a little more primeval in this campaign, at least on the Republican side.
Well, I guess the Republicans are done saying that Trump is just a novelty who will fade once the voting starts. Many candidates tolerated Donald Trump and tried to “rise above” his awful statements by pretending he wasn’t a serious threat. Remember when Ted Cruz called Trump “terrific” and said, “I think he speaks the truth?” Cruz isn’t saying that anymore.
At first glance it seems pretty ridiculous that Apple isn’t helping the FBI break into a phone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. It seems like such a clear cut case. Yes, Syed Farook was one of the shooters who claimed allegiance to ISIS, he’s not even alive to have his civil liberties violated and the phone wasn’t even owned by him, it belongs to the County of San Bernardino.
After the untimely death of Antonin Scalia, it quickly became apparent that President Obama was about to break the noble American tradition of not nominating a new Supreme Court justice in an election year. Oh, wait a minute, there is no such traditionand it’s been done about, oh, eight times. Welcome to an election year that just got a major dose of crazy-politics steroids. Scalia’s body was hardly cold and people were already going nuts and fabricating bogus “rules” out of thin air.
I just couldn’t resist going after Hillary Clinton’s feminist attack crew, who may have cost her some votes in the New Hampshire primary. The comments by Madeleine Albright, Gloria Steinem and Bill Clinton are notable for their tone-deafness. I’m sure they all mean well, but I don’t think they’re doing candidate Clinton any favors with their feminist critiques.
Now that a couple of the tinier states in the Union are trying their best to decide the next leader of the free world, let’s take a look at what just happened in Iowa. It looks like God was really in Ted Cruz’s corner and helped him win the caucuses, but a few dirty tricks may have helped as well. (Say what you will about Donald Trump and his motivation, at least he is using his crazed reality show electoral soap box to draw some attention to the Cruz campaign’s shady tactics.)
Now that Donald Trump has declared he’ll skip Thursday's debate because he hates Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, he’s planning a big special Trump event that will compete for debate airtime. My guess is he’s going to double-down on the Sarah Palin endorsement.
Now that Michigan governor, Rick Snyder, is getting credit for saying he’s really super-dooper sorry about poisoning thousands of children in Flint with lead, let’s not forget how he did it. In his zeal to be a fiscally conservative budget turnaround artist, Snyder and his crew played fast and loose with science, safety and even democracy.
When President Obama announced a few limited gun control measures he was enacting using an executive order, it didn’t take long for the Republican presidential candidates to warn of jackbooted Obama thugs at our doorstep. (Not to mention the silly little Obama tear conspiracy theory.) Long story short, the president can’t do all that much unilaterally when it comes to gun control.
Let’s hope that my year-end animation for next year does not include a scene showing President Trump’s electoral victory. It’s been a full year, even when you get past thewall-to-wall Donald Trump coverage. Much of the year has been sadly repetitive. (See: police shootings, terrorism, mass shootings, ISIS.)
The phony “War on Christmas” seems to be about forcing Christianity down people’s throats. I’m all for Santa and, more importantly, Jesus, but it seems that the same people defending Christmas from some phony war are the same ones who would bar Jesus, Mary and Joseph from coming into the US.
It’s still all Trump, all the time. Now that Donald Trump is at the top of his publicity game, his wild views are making those near him suddenly seem a little more reasonable—even though not that long ago their views would have been considered way outside the mainstream.
Try as I might to not fan the flames of the Trump publicity machine, I just could not stand by when the leading Republican candidate for president announced his intention to ban Muslims from entering the United States. It was probably just a coincidence, but Trump made his announcement just as a new poll showed Ted Cruz pulling ahead in Iowa.
I apologize for politicizing a mass shooting tragedy before the blood has even dried, but sadly, the blood never dries. We now have at least one mass shooting incident every day in the United States, besides the big one in San Bernardino, four people were also shot in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday. When I started this cartoon, it was mainly focused on the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, but then San Bernardino happened.
The terrible attacks in Paris have been met with widespread condemnation and horror, but they’ve also been met with overreaction and panic. Let’s take a few breaths and realize that ISIS is not about to take over the world.
Little Green Man is back! This time, he and his earth-bound twin are discussing the latest news on the global warming front. Hint: it ain’t good.