The photo that emerged last week of the senior senator from Minnesota pawing the breasts of a sleeping woman was heinous but not unfamiliar. Nor was the mugging grin on Al Franken’s face as he grabbed her or his initial response that he was trying to be funny. Sexist jokes have long been considered acceptable in American culture — and not only acceptable but funny in a way that a certain sketch comedy show perfected.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell probably thinks he’s done all he can in recent years to keep Roy Moore and candidates like him from entering the Senate. He’s right — and he’s also dead wrong. When it come to his relationship with the Republican Party, McConnell has a Jekyll-and-Hyde act going on. It’s wearing awfully thin right now.
Second Amendment advocates who regularly stress the need to enforce existing gun laws rather than forging new laws should welcome Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s Fix NICS Act, which proposes to do just that. Crafted in the wake of the Nov. 5 Sutherland Springs massacre that claimed the lives of 26 people, coldly struck down as they worshipped in church, this bill would bolster efforts to see federal and state authorities comply with existing laws and accurately report criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
If Saudi Arabia didn’t already have enough worries in a fast-changing Middle East, yet another crisis has hit home for the once-stable desert kingdom: the sweeping arrests of 11 princes and former ministers. The move ordered by King Salman and carried out by his impulsive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known increasingly as “MBS,” could well mark the beginning of the end for this increasingly uncertain U.S. ally.
It turns out electing President Trump was not the apex of Republicans’ political insanity. Since last November, consider the Trump GOP’s track record:
What were we talking about one year ago? Take a look back.
Not too early to think about 2020. Hillary only got more than 1.5 million more votes than Trump and we can’t assume WikiLeaks, Putin and the FBI will always be there for him. As he did in 2016, he’s going to need Democrats and liberals to help him win in 2020. Here are 10 practical steps you Blue Americans can take to make sure you lose again:
The other night my 3-year-old son brought me a bedtime story to read him, “Woodrow for President.” It was a fictional book I picked up from the Senate gift shop about a big-hearted, charitable, respectable mouse who ran for and became president.
Meeting in Waco last week, the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) voted to boot out two churches that have decided to openly accept gay members and treat them as they do other members of the church. The BGCT’s reasoning lacks integrity and opens the group to charges of bigotry.