10 Warning Signs for Nancy Pelosi

These are perilous times for Nancy Pelosi. Following Jon Ossoff’s defeat in Georgia’s costly special election, a growing number of Democrats have expressed their frustration over the leadership of the House minority leader.

Johnny Depp Is a Damn Fool

Johnny Depp

We’ve already noted here at the ole Washington Free Beacon that Johnny Depp suggested it’s time for an actor to assassinate President Trump, and I’m loathe to dwell on “actor says dumb thing about politics” stories because actors, in the main,* are dumb and prone to saying dumb shit.


Trump Yearbook Fiasco Exposes Unchecked Power of Yearbook Editors

In the opening scene of Crimson Tide, we are told “the three most powerful men in the world” are the president of the United States, the president of the Russian republic, “and… the captain of a U.S. nuclear missile submarine.” But who’s the fourth most powerful person in the world? The yearbook editor.

Remember: Your Employees Are Idiots, Ignorable

There’s an interesting piece on the fate of the U.S. branch of the Guardian newspaper by Steven Perlberg (who has bad opinions about brown liquor but is a fine reporter on other, non-intoxicant-related matters) over at BuzzFeed. The whole thing is worth reading; I just want to highlight this bit: At the meeting, Guardian US editor Lee …

Chelsea Clinton Takes First Step Toward Political Run

She’s running. Chelsea Clinton gave what may be the first clear sign she’s interested in running for political office with a much-praised tweet Tuesday morning. “The White House using fat shaming to justify increased opacity. 2017,” the former first daughter said in response to a report that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said press …

Helmut Kohl, 1930-2017

Last Friday Germany’s longest-serving chancellor, Helmut Kohl, died at the age of 87. He came to power in 1982—during the height of the Cold War—and presided over the reunification of East and West Germany.

Nadal v. Federer (New Substandard)

In the latest Substandard, JVL, Vic, and I spend most of our time chatting about The Mummy and Universal’s classic monsters. I’m writing about those tomorrow, so instead I’ll focus on what was kind of a throwaway topic that turned into ten solid minutes of #content: Rafael Nadal v. Roger Federer. (Subscribe, review, etc.)

About That New Smirnoff Vodka Ad

As Rahm Emanuel famously put it, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” So the ad execs at 72andSunny had an idea for client Smirnoff Vodka: “Made in America. But we’d be happy to talk about our ties to Russia under oath.”