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Monday, December 11, 2017
Rick Perry
Rick Perry, DOE

A Political Hustler To Run The Department Of Energy

There are valid reasons that should disqualify Perry from running a federal agency with 13,000 employees — plus 93,000 contract workers — and an annual budget of $30 million. Perry is, to put it kindly, not that bright. He lacks the experience to lead a large bureaucracy, despite the fact that he served as governor of Texas for 14 years. And he’s corrupt.

February 20, 2017
Rick Perry, Energy Department, Oops

Oops! Rick Perry Regrets Calling For Energy Department’s Elimination

“After being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination,” the former Texas governor said in his opening remarks during his confirmation hearing. Perry’s proposal to get rid of the Energy Department caused what has become known as his “oops” moment during a 2011 Republican presidential candidate debate.

January 19, 2017
Environmental, EPA, Environment

Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator

According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, just over 60 percent of Americans think it would be wrong to weaken wildlife protections and air and water regulations to bolster the energy industry. The poll also showed that 39 percent of Americans want to see a decrease in coal mining and oil drilling on U.S. federal lands in the coming years.

January 17, 2017
Rick Perry

Crony Cabinet Watch: Rick Perry’s Texas Giveaways

The soon-to-be U.S. energy secretary doled out billions in grants and tax incentives for corporations while governor of Texas. One $30 million grant went to an energy group that turned out to be a phantom.

January 3, 2017
Republicans, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump

5 Totally Ridiculous Republican Reversals In 2016

With the election over and Republicans occupying all branches of government, as well as controlling most state legislatures, it’s easy to forget that just a few short months ago the Republican Party seemed to be collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions.

December 27, 2016
pledge

Donald Trump’s Values Are In Direct Conflict With The Founding Fathers’

The United States has stood as a beacon to the world — a “shining city on a hill” — because of the values we represent, and Trump’s autocratic and ethnocentric views are the absolute antithesis of what this great nation has stood for and a violation of the spirit of the Founding Fathers.

December 23, 2016
Trump

5 Trump Abominations This Week

The week began with his appointment of Exxon chief Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, continued with wild dissembling about Russia’s hacks on his behalf and ended with him calling his own supporters “vicious and nasty.”

December 18, 2016
Colbert Roasts Trump Cabinet

#EndorseThis: Colbert Roasts Trump’s Cabinet, From Tillerson To Perry

Reviewing the high-level traffic into Trump Tower, as the president elect filled out his cabinet, Late Show host Stephen Colbert snarks: “So far it’s been a Who’s Who of Why? What??!”

December 15, 2016
Rick Perry, Energy Department, Trump Cabinet

Why In The World Would Trump Tap Perry To Be Energy Secretary?

Rick Perry has zero expertise or experience for the job he’s being handed, but he has beaucoup of both for the “job” he’s actually being empowered to do on the American people and our environment.

December 14, 2016
Cartoon: Trump welcomes oil-dripping Rex Tillerson and Rick Perry to the formerly White House

Cartoon: Welcome To The (Formerly White) White House

Under the White House portico, Donald Trump welcomes ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson and former Texas governor Rick Perry — both of whom are literally dripping dark, sludgy oil.

December 13, 2016
Rick Perry, Department of Energy

Perry To Lead Energy Department — An Agency He Vowed To Eliminate

Perry’s proposal to scrap the Energy Department caused what has become known as his “oops” moment during a November 2011 debate when he could not remember all the Cabinet-level departments he wanted to eliminate.

December 13, 2016
Seth Meyers examines Trump's dubious Cabinet picks

#EndorseThis: A Closer Look At Trump’s Curious Cabinet Choices

Trump’s limited talent pool is bad news for America, it is comedy gold for Seth Meyers, who takes “a closer look” at potential cabinet nominees Rick Perry and Ben Carson.

November 25, 2016

Texas Court Dismisses Indictment Against Former Governor Rick Perry

Perry: “The court’s decision today proves that this indictment was nothing less than a baseless political attack.”

February 24, 2016

Jeb Ditches The Glasses — And Trump Makes Fun Of Him

In the perfect fashion of the schoolyard bully, Donald Trump couldn’t resist taking a swing at this one.

February 17, 2016
Bobby Jindal Caricature

Debt And Low Polls Can Be A Lethal Pairing For Candidates

Money, and the risk of incurring personal debt, is the driving factor for most candidates who opt out.

October 26, 2015

5 Reasons It’s So Easy For Trump To Make Republicans Look Like Fools

Why is Trump so successful in drawing his opponents into battles they can’t win? He riffs on a Republican Party that is ripe for contemptible comedy, ridiculous rhetoric, and daring demagoguery.

September 14, 2015

Rick Perry Drops Out Of Presidential Race

On Friday afternoon, Rick Perry became the first Republican candidate to drop out of the presidential race.

September 11, 2015

Rick Perry: ‘A Broken Clock Is Right Once A Day’ (Um…)

Rick Perry can’t even manage to go without an “oops” moment when he tries to deny that his campaign might be dead.

September 3, 2015

5 Biggest Losers Of The GOP Primary So Far

A big chunk of the right loves Trump because all he does is humiliate his foes and refuse to act humiliated himself. Here are the 5 GOP candidates who have suffered the most in Trump’s wake. In his parlance, they are “losers.”

August 31, 2015

Jeb Bush Needs Some Razzle-Dazzle

Sometimes there’s a fine line between mild-mannered and wimpy. No one’s expecting Jeb to morph into an electrifying personality at age 62 — but they do expect evidence of a pulse. So here’s plan to energize Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.

August 25, 2015

Rick Perry Tries To Break Out By Attacking Pretty Much Everybody

No money, no press, no poll numbers — it’s hard out there for Rick Perry.

August 24, 2015
Republican presidential debate

Analysis: Much Of GOP Presidential Field Has Moved To The Right On Abortion

As we roll toward the 2016 presidential election, the Republican Party seems to have undergone a vigorous rightward turn on the subject of abortion.

August 21, 2015

Republicans Or Social Security? On 80th Anniversary, Still An Easy Choice

Greed is always in fashion on Wall Street. But working Americans see no reason to hand Social Security over to the banks, as the Republican candidates propose, when its administrative costs amount to well under one percent of its revenues.

August 14, 2015

Cartoon: Rick Perry Seems To Be Out Of Money

“At least he ain’t a Republican…”

August 11, 2015