So, that happened: The long-promised airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria began this week as an uninterested Congress crossed their fingers and left town. But not before they held hearings on whether the Secret Service could have done a better job protecting the White House from a guy with a pocketknife. Meanwhile, President Obama’s attempt to crack down on tax dodgers was challenged by the conservative canard-waving…Bill Clinton?
So, that happened: The NFL’s scandals reminded lawmakers how much they love showering benefits on rich people who don’t need help. Newt Gingrich took a break from paying down all his campaign debt. And U.S. poverty declined by 0.5 percent, prompting policymakers to break out the champagne.
So, that happened. Zach Carter and Arthur Delaney and Jason Linkins talk about our new war-esque thing with ISIS, the House Science Committee’s latest adventures in sci-fi, and whether or not it makes sense for Harvard to lose its special tax status.
“"NEVER FORGET That Bad Stuff Happens, But Also That Fear Is Poison And Life Is Random, And Maybe You Die Tomorrow, But Other People Too, Maybe Everyone Dies Tomorrow. Who Knows! Keep Looking Forward And Be Thoughtful And Have Empathy, Because Ultimately That’s The Only Thing Keeping It All Together. We’re Each Of Us On Borrowed Time Anyway, So Maybe Just Take A Deep Breath, Sublimate Your More Reptilian Anxieties, And Accept That While The Crush Of Entropy Might Ultimately Grind Everything Down To Nothing, In The Meantime The Best Way To Stave Off Oblivion, And Ease The Lingering Ache Of A Shared Cultural Trauma, Is Simply To Try Doing The Best We Can For Ourselves And Everybody Else" seems like a better slogan, guys.”—via Blogocchiaro:
So, that happened. Zach Carter and Arthur Delaney and Jason Linkins talk about our latest jobs report, the District Of Columbia’s latest terrible idea, and the sad, weird, emo end of the McDonnell trial.