HUD Nominee Julian Castro Clears a Major Hurdle

A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday approved San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, clearing the way for a final vote in the full Senate. If confirmed in the post, as expected, Castro would be in position to push the Obama administration’s plan to wind down mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, an effort that has stalled in Congress.

A Divide and Conquer ‘Gaffe’

Journalist Michael Kinsley is the namesake for the Kinsley Gaffe. In a 1988 interview he said: “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” A recent example is Todd Akin (R-MO), the then-candidate for Senate in 2012. On St. Louis local television he was asked…

We Want Politicians to Lie

Get this: The U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide whether false accusations and mudslinging during political campaigns are illegal. Eric Allie / Cagle Cartoons As it goes, during the 2010 election in Ohio, an anti-abortion group, the Susan B. Anthony List, sought to launch a billboard campaign that accused then-Rep. Steven Driehaus, a Democrat,…

Congress Turns Deaf Ear, Presses Ahead with Amnesty Bills

On Good Friday, seven influential mainstream media outlets published passionate comprehensive immigration reform pleas thinly disguised as news stories. The Wall Street Journal reported that House Speaker John Boehner told a Las Vegas fundraiser crowd that he’s “hell bent” on passing a mass amnesty this year. Earlier, Capitol Hill insiders’ rumored that Boehner would wait…

Fair Pay, Unfair Demagoguery

You turn on the TV and see a politician sincerely raging against a threat of flooding waters killing salamanders in the Painted Desert… “Republicans want these lizards to die!” Eric Allie / Cagle Cartoons You wonder, “If this is his campaign, he must think voters are idiots. He must think they don’t read newspapers or…

Obamacare Haters Can’t Handle the Truth

By Dick Polman – If there’s one thing Republicans hate even more than health insurance for a growing number of Americans, it’s empirical evidence that Obamacare is insuring a growing number of Americans. As we hit the first enrollment deadline, the raw stats demonstrate that the health reform law is very much alive and threading itself…

Obama Confesses

“Pope Francis, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but I have a few things I have to get off my chest.” “Go on, Barack.” “Between you and me, pontiff, I can’t believe I am president. There I was, trying my hand at presidential debates, and all of a sudden I am sitting in…

Journalist Asks: ‘Why Don’t We Care More about Our People?’

Last week, President Barack Obama and House Majority leader John Boehner met behind closed doors. Hush, hush meetings between powerful politicians usually means bad news for Americans. Sean Delonas / PoliticalCartoons.com Among the topics discussed, and possibly the first matter of business, was immigration reform which despite a sluggish economy, high unemployment and the looming…

It’s Not The Hate, It’s The Stupidity

  Alright. Woo-hoo. We’re partying now. With the kind of enthusiasm normally reserved for sorting Phillips head screws from flat head screws, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer publicly vetoed SB 1062, legislation that would provide legal cover to businesses denying services based on the operator’s religious beliefs. The return of Jim Crow with a cactus beat.…

It’s the Desert, Stupid

  Someone better send John Kerry a high school geography textbook. Our brilliant Secretary of State doesn’t seem to know that California is about two-thirds desert. Daryl Cagle / Cagle Cartoons Based on his recent statements about the cause of my home state’s 13-month drought, Kerry doesn’t know anything about California’s history or climate, either.…

2014 Political Animal Awards

  For all those who have spent the last couple of months shoveling out a car, you should know we’re at the tail end of awards season. And best be advised to hunker in a bunker wearing a Kevlar overcoat, because gold plated statues are being tossed about like air kisses at a gown fitting.…