The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Cartoon Carousel Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here’s an offering of … Read more

Dallas mayor Eric Johnson says he is joining the Republican Party

Johnson’s switch makes him the only Republican leading one of the 10 largest cities in the U.S., with Dallas being the ninth-largest, according to Census data. While the overall Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has swelled in population in the recent decade, the number of people living in the city of Dallas itself slightly dropped between 2020 … Read more

Ron DeSantis is doubling down on Covid vaccine skepticism. It probably won’t move GOP voters.

“Covid restrictions have gone from a dominant issue that got talked about all the time in the focus groups to one that never comes up. People just don’t talk about it anymore,” said Sarah Longwell, an anti-Trump Republican strategist who routinely conducts focus groups. “Covid cost [DeSantis] one of his calling cards.” Few, if any, … Read more

Inside Dems’ shutdown strategy – POLITICO

Yes, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries has been in frequent contact with McCarthy (not negotiations, just contact). Yes, Jeffries is meeting today with the Problem Solvers Caucus, which is trying to assemble a bipartisan deal to keep the government open. But those moves are more about ending a shutdown than avoiding one, the Democrats said. There’s … Read more

Abdullah Hammoud is the first Arab American, Muslim mayor of Michigan’s fastest-growing city

To what extent are you taking climate adaptation and mitigation into account in city planning? Extremely. Every time we have a developer coming forward with a proposal, we’re asking how many parking spaces do they actually need versus how many would they like. We’ve had some negotiations already where developers have come forward and we’ve … Read more

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signs law restricting release of her travel, security records

“We protected the police officers who protect our constitutional officers and my family in keeping their security information and tactics exempt from Freedom of Information Act disclosure,” Sanders said before signing the measure, about two hours after lawmakers gave it final it approval. Sanders and Republicans in the Legislature had initially pushed for more widespread … Read more

What the Ken Paxton saga shows about MAGA and Trump

Even if he avoids conviction, Paxton has been damaged, with an ideological mix of Republicans aligned against him and his public approval rating ticking down. If the Texas trial proves anything, it’s that there may be at least some limits to the partisan tribalism of the Trump era. Even in the reddest of states, the … Read more