The editor of a small-town Alabama newspaper published an editorial calling for "the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again" in order to "clean up D.C." and to stop "Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats [who] are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama." ... Asked to elaborate what he meant by "cleaning up D.C.," publisher Goodloe Sutton suggested lynching. "We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them," Sutton said.
While many federal workers go without pay and the government is partially shut down, hundreds of senior Trump political appointees are poised to receive annual raises of about $10,000 a year. The pay raises for Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning Jan. 5 without legislation to stop them, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pay. The raises appear to be an unintended consequence of the shutdown: When lawmakers failed to pass bills on Dec. 21 to fund multiple federal agencies, they allowed an existing pay freeze to lapse. Congress enacted a law capping pay for top federal executives in 2013 and renewed it each year. The raises will occur because that cap will expire without legislative action by Saturday, allowing raises to kick in that have accumulated over those years but never took effect. read more
Former Sen. Bob Dole needed help to stand, but stand he did, in saluting George H.W. Bush, whose body lay in state at the U.S. Capitol. It was a powerful moment to watch the 95-year-old Dole paying his respects to the late president.
A Cincinnati group called the Furious Snowflakes has produced a video offering the 45th president a very special present for Christmas: A brain. The Furious Snowflakes are the work of writer/humorist/lyricist Bob Woodiwiss, along with musicians Kate Wakefield, Steve Schmidt, Joe Lukasik, Chris Shenton, Howard Cohen and Rob Fetters. The impromptu band teamed up to record the Fetters/Woodiwiss song "I Got You a Brain for Christmas." Fetters, known for his work with Adrian Belew and power-pop bands like the Raisins, the Bears, Psychodots, as well as solo recordings, handles lead vocals. read more