Dozens missing as ships collide off China.
Australia swelters while the eastern U.S. freezes.
Water main break adds to chaos at JFK.
Bannon tries to walk back treason talk.
Iran bans English in primary schools.
Trump escalated his war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday evening, asserting that his “nuclear button” is “much bigger & more powerful” than the North Korean leader’s and threatening that the U.S. arsenal “works.”
Trump was responding to Kim’s annual New Year’s Day speech on Monday, during which the North Korean leader boasted that the United States is “within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office.”
Trump said in his Tuesday tweet, “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
So the world is going to end thanks to two 12-year-olds showing off in the locker room.
Here we go with my annual recap and prognostication for the year. Let’s see how I did a year ago.
I’m still frightened. Nothing — not the Mueller investigation, the revelations coming from various sources, or chatter about impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment — has calmed my fear that he is still capable of doing something that puts us and the rest of the world in peril. As for the second bullet point, we are seeing faint glimmers that disillusionment is happening in the nooks and crannies of America where he can do no wrong, and no amount of tweeting and bullshit from Fox News can turn around his dismal approval numbers. But that just means that fully 1/3 of the electorate still approve of him. Even his failures — Obamacare yet survives and the deportations haven’t happened — haven’t dimmed the hopes of the dim.
Obviously I’m not an economist because if I was I would have known that the economy lags behind and the continued growth and low unemployment rate are a result of Obama’s policies. Of course Trump is taking credit for it.
The Syrian civil war goes on but it’s not dominating the news cycles, and ISIS is a lessening factor. I don’t know if it’s sheer exhaustion. The refugee crisis goes on but with a lesser magnitude.
Trump rescinded some of the Obama administration’s changes in our relations with Cuba but not enough to return us to Cold War status. The blockade, such as it is, enters its 57th year.
Charlottesville and Trump’s tacit support of the Nazis proved that to be true, more’s the pity.
I lost two uncles and a nephew since I wrote that.
They traded Justin Verlander. Yeah, he helped the Astros win the World Series, but…
Okay, now on to predictions.
Okay, friends; it’s your turn.
The Mideast is in turmoil over Trump’s plan to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Mueller goes after Trump’s Deutsch Banke records.
Mass evacuations in the Ventura County wildfires in California.
Russia banned from 2018 Olympics.
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) retires from Congress in wake of accusations of sexual assaults.
Argentina ends search for missing submarine.
Outrage grows in Britain over Trump’s retweets.
GOP holdouts cave on tax bill.
Bette Midler vs. Geraldo Rivera over his defense of Matt Lauer.
R.I.P. Jim Nabors, 87, portrayed Gomer Pyle on TV.
Hurricane season is officially over, and not a minute too soon.
Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.