Gov. Mike Pence rumored to be veep choice for Trump.
Justice Ginsburg regrets “ill-advised” comments.
Former aide to Gov. Christie pleads guilty in bridge lane closing caper.
Emmy nominations announced.
Jeff Daniels reprises his role as Will McAvoy, the cantankerous newscaster from Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series “The Newsroom,” and speaks his mind on the presidential race.
That’s a riff on this.
I didn’t watch the Democratic debate from Flint last night, but I heard they actually talked about policy and what they wanted to do in office. Based on the Republican model, it was a total waste of time because nobody talked about their genitalia.
I also missed the final episode of “Downton Abbey,” but then I’ve never watched it, so I guess I’ll have some on-demand stuff to look forward to this summer.
Attacks in Jakarta leave 4 dead.
Iran’s swift release of sailors indicates change in ties with U.S.
South Korea fires warning shots over North Korea’s nuclear program.
Ted Cruz did not report a low-interest loan from Goldman Sachs.
Al Jazeera America cable channel to shut down by April.
MH370 hunt turns up 19th century shipwreck.
Happy birthday, LWM.
I wish aspirin worked like this.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Originally aired on CBS on December 9, 1965 (and “brought to you by the people in your town who bottle Coca-Cola”), it has been shown every year since. It switched from CBS to ABC in 2001, and tonight they’ll do it again with a special about the special at 8:00 pm ET (check local listings). It is the only Christmas special I will watch on purpose.
Stephen Colbert sees the future.
This is the classic clip from WKRP in Cincinnati that has become as much a tradition as turkey, stuffing, and your crazy uncle voting for Trump.
It works because, like great drama, all of the violence takes place off stage and the true beauty is in the telling, leaving the visuals to your imagination.
Whether or not I watch tonight’s Democratic debate depends entirely on whether or not I can find CNN on my cable feed. I can’t remember the last time I watched it on purpose.
Hillary Clinton was on the season opener of Saturday Night Live:
Clinton played a bartender named Val who keeps the glasses full for Kate McKinnon’s depressed Clinton character. “Oh Val, I’m just so darn bummed. All anybody wants to talk about is Donald Trump,” said McKinnon’s fake Clinton.
“Donald Trump? Isn’t he the one that’s like, ‘Uh, you’re all losers?’” real-Clinton responded in a deeper voice mocking the loud Republican counterpart.
The segment did exactly what those close to Clinton have been encouraging her to do to appear more personable: use her self-deprecating sense of humor she’s famous for to help boost sagging poll numbers. The two even mocked some of Clinton’s slow-to-act positions such as her opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline and support of gay marriage. “I could have supported it sooner,” fake Clinton said. “Well, you supported it pretty soon,” real Clinton said. “Yeah… coulda been sooner” said fake Clinton.
The most hilarious moment came when old SNL cast member Darrell Hammond appeared to do his Bill Clinton impression, took one look at the two HRC’s and screamed “Oh my God! They’re multiplying!” before running out of the fake Brooklyn bar.
Politicians have been trying to find ways to connect with voters in non-traditional ways for decades, and it usually works if they pull it off. Even stuffy Richard Nixon managed to appear hip for an instant when he did a five-second “Sock it to me?” on Laugh-In in 1968.
Ms. Clinton has a reputation for not trusting the media — Gee, I wonder why — so getting her to go on SNL is considered a breakthrough for getting her to appear more approachable and less scripted.
I’m pretty sure she’ll catch some grief from the Very Serious People who will say it’s beneath her to go on such a show, and from those who will note that she’s not a polished actor — at least in sketch comedy. My only thought is that she’s right when she says she “coulda been sooner,” at least in terms of letting the world see that unlike some folks out there in the political arena, she doesn’t mind a bit of self-mockery.
It’s hard not to see the coverage of Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S.; I’m surprised that the basic cable channels that run repeats of Law & Order 24/7 haven’t switched over to coverage.
Are you watching any of it?
Kerry: U.S. will accept 85,000 Syrian refugees.
American hostages freed in Yemen.
White House staffer killed in cycling accident during charity ride.
Pope Francis drops in on Fidel.
And the Emmys went to…
Tropical Update: TS Ida is nearly stationary in the mid-Atlantic.
The Tigers took two out of three from K.C.
Report: ISIS used mustard gas against the Kurds.
The death toll in the explosion in Tianjin, China, is over 50.
Speaking of China, the currency devaluation is seen as another round in a financial skirmish.
Sesame Street is moving to HBO.
El Niño could make California windy and wet.
The Tigers had the night off.
The Supreme Court stays Texas abortion law.
The Supreme Court lets controversial lethal injection method stand.
Greece’s debt crisis freaked out the stock markets.
Some southern states are going along with marriage equality.
Someone else I don’t care about is no longer on TV.
The Tigers had the night off.
Someone I don’t care about is no longer working on a channel I don’t watch.