The Fix: Master Archives
The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner will be Saturday. ICLt's the one night a year Washington can come together and laugh at itself (or scowl at whoever's making the joke, in the case of Donald Trump). Can you tell who these White House Correspondents' Dinner jokes are about?
In an interview with ABC Friday, Bruce Jenner said he is transgender, and also Republican.
"I've always been on the more conservative side," Jenner said when asked by Diane Sawyer his thoughts on President Obama being the first president to say the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address. Jenner also said he identified as a Republican when Sawyer asked.
That puts Jenner in the minority among LGBT Americans, politically. According to a July Gallup poll, 21 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are Republican or lean Republican, compared with 63 percent who identify or lean Democratic.
Note: Bruce Jenner's current name and a male pronoun is used in this post, as he has not requested a new name or pronoun be used.
Hillary’s new bumper sticker advert…or her ominous future as a cat lady? pic.twitter.com/bWuZTsEmsZ
Hillary Clinton's campaign wants to give you a free bumper sticker. It's free (except for your first and last name, e-mail, street address, city, state and zip code so they can ask you for money later), and you can put it on your car, laptop, skateboard or cat, as a video for sticker suggested -- although it recommended not to actually put it on a cat.
One hundred years ago Friday, a campaign to deport and murder millions of Armenians began in present-day Turkey. Given the close relationship between the United States and that country -- and Turkey's geographic importance -- past presidents have almost uniformly declined to label the estimate 1.5 million deaths that resulted as a genocide. (The exception: Ronald Reagan, in 1981.)
Hillary Clinton has had a, well, mixed record when it comes to support from Hollywood.
In 2008, many in the entertainment industry threw their support behind Barack Obama over Clinton, and today, a number are/were hoping Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would consider a run -- something she said she will not do. Enter Martin O'Malley, the former Democratic governor of Maryland, who this week was in Los Angeles meeting with supporters and appears increasingly as though he will run.
A report in the Washington Examiner this week offered a startling bit of data: In a few years, Census Bureau figures suggest, immigrants will account for 82 percent of U.S. growth. The article was based on a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, and detailed a future in which the percentage of the American population that is foreign-born hits a new peak, with some 78 million foreign-born residents by the year 2060.
On this weekend in 2006, Stephen Colbert, who was still not STEPHEN COLBERT yet, came to D.C. to deliver the keynote speech at Washington's biggest night: The White House Correspondents Dinner.
Mark Smith of the Associated Press introduced Colbert by warning "tonight, no one is safe." Little did he know how right he was.
Ted Cruz is getting heat for missing the Loretta Lynch vote. It matters more that he skipped so many others.
There was a weird flurry of scolding articles on Thursday in the wake of the Senate's long-expected confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the only senator not to cast a vote, which earned him some unflattering headlines. He was there in the morning, voting "no" on the cloture vote that brought her confirmation to the floor and spoke for ten minutes in objection. But for the final vote, he was on an airplane, headed back to Texas for a fundraiser for his presidential campaign. The Huffington Post was the giddiest — "Ted Cruz Was So Mad About Loretta Lynch That He Missed The Final Vote On Her Confirmation" — but most everyone else made note of the absence, too (including us).
Red and blue America are no more constant than our use of "blue" and "red" to describe the major political parties. Different parts of the country shift slowly over time -- particularly in the longer scale of presidential politics.
To illustrate that point, you need only look back to the 2000 election, the year the "red-blue" divide was born. There have been four presidential elections since then — 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 — and while many counties have voted for one party consistently, many have also flipped back-and-forth.
Actor Timothy Simons, who plays Jonah on "Veep," filmed a clip for Vanity Fair about how he would prepare for the White House Correspondents' Dinner. It mostly involves him practicing pained small talk with politicians whom he vaguely recognizes, like:
- "No, I don't know Amy Poehler. No, that's a different show. Yes, I like it too."
- "You know somebody like Jonah? Well that's because everybody in this town in a monster. Yes, I know I live in L.A. We're all monsters too."
- "It's truly an honor to meet you Gov. I-Hated-Gay-People-Until-Six-Months-Ago."
- "Oh, hello there, Congressman White-Man-Whose-Name-I-Don't-Remember. It's great to see you again. Of course I remember that boring conversation we had about whatever boring topic it is you brought up."
- "I just love coming to this dinner because I think politicians are super interesting and I'm not just here because there's an open bar."
- "Hey, yo, Biden, where that weed at?"
- "Hillary, am I right?"