Week of April 14
More Benghazi investigations, anyone? John Boehner is pushing back against 180 House Republicans asking for a new select committee (in addition to the four already on the case). Charles Krauthammer, no friend of the administration, says "this thing is done...Sometimes you blow it." But three GOP senators promised last week to keep digging, and it looks like the issue won't go away before 2016 if there is any way to keep it alive.
The Big Benghazi
[ The Boxer ]
From the album How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying (2014).
Week of April 7
Repeated Secret Service scandals are "absolutely not" evidence of deep problems, its director says, just "isolated incidents." Two years ago, a dozen agents were disciplined after they refused to pay full price for their prostitutes. This time, two weeks ago, three agents on the presidential protection detail passed out, dead drunk in Amsterdam. So if you're among the long-term unemployed, there are lots of new openings to check out. And the sunglasses are free.
Secret Service Man
[ Secret Agent Man ]
From the album Fiscal Shades of Gray (2013).
Week of March 31
[ Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head ]
Week of March 24
Republican hopes for retaking the Senate this year are looking up. The latest forecast from Nate Silver picks the GOP as a slight favorite to win outright majority control. One of its secret weapons is former Senator Scott Brown, who is now running as a carpetbagger in New Hampshire. Demcrats still have nightmares about his surprise win in the 2010 special election to replace Ted Kennedy, which cost them their supermajority and nearly killed off Obamacare.
Scott Brown Truckin'
[ Harper Valley P.T.A. ]
Week of March 17
Four years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, all is forgiven. BP received permission last week to once again compete for oil leases in the Gulf and delivery contracts for the US military. At the time, BP chief Tony Hayward said the environmental impact would be "very, very modest." BP ended up pleading guilty to felony manslaughter, lying to Congress, and environmental violations. Now after years of lobbying its friends and foes in Washington, it looks like it is the long-term impact on BP's profits that will be very, very modest.
[ Under the Sea ]
From the album Desperate Housemembers (2011).
Week of March 10
School Life Rhapsody
[ Bohemian Rhapsody ]
From the album I Want It Dad's Way (Special Release 2005).
Week of March 3
Sochi will be remembered for by visitors for the hospitality and fine facilities at least as much as for the fine athletic competitions. After a day of watching triple axels on ice and cork-9's on snow, spectators returned to their hotel rooms to face the double toilet. The lucky ones came prepared.
Bring a Commode
[ King of the Road ]
Week of February 24
Once again, Ukraine is without a president. After the ever-popular president Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital Saturday, the parliament voted to remove him and hold new elections. Yanukovych knows what that feels like. In 2004, his initial electoral win was quickly reversed when he was accused of rigging the results and poisoning his adversary, Viktor Yushchenko.
There Is Nothing Like Ukraine
[ There Is Nothin' Like a Dame ]
From the album Four More Years in the Bush Leagues (2005).
Week of February 17
The war on terror at home and abroad got some unexpected help last week. At a terrorist camp in Iraq, a suicide-bomb trainer accidentally killed himself and 21 recruits while demonstrating with live explosives. After the explosion, security forces also found at least a dozen wounded militants, seven car bombs, several explosive belts, and an unknown number of shoes.
[ Sh-Boom ]
From the album When Bush Comes to Shove (2002).