First up, from the Washington Post:
Tom Toles: All of Trump’s elephants, and all of Trump’s men…
Idiocy, or some political theater?
Next, a series of offerings on an attempted criminal coverup.
First, a story, via the New York Times:
House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.
The move to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics was not made public until late Monday, when Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that the House Republican Conference had approved the change. There was no advance notice or debate on the measure.
The surprising vote came on the eve of the start of a new session of Congress, where emboldened Republicans are ready to push an ambitious agenda on everything from health care to infrastructure, issues that will be the subject of intense lobbying from corporate interests. The House Republicans’ move would take away both power and independence from an investigative body, and give lawmakers more control over internal inquiries.
And the cartoonists respond, starting with the Salt Lake Tribune:
Pat Bagley: Ethics Are for Losers
From the Columbus Dispatch:
Nate Beeler: Drain the Swamp?
And from the Miami Herald:
Jim Morin: Bad dog!
But then Trump tweeted:
And note that Trump didn’t say the panel shouldn’t be abolished; only that the timing was bad.
The result, via the Associated Press:
The new GOP era in Washington got off to a messy start Tuesday as House Republicans, under pressure from President-elect Donald Trump, abruptly dropped plans to gut an independent congressional ethics board.
The dizzying about-face came as lawmakers convened for the first day of the 115th Congress, an occasion normally reserved for pomp and ceremony under the Capitol Dome. Instead, House Republicans found themselves under attack not only from Democrats but from their new president, over their secretive move Monday to neuter the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and place it under lawmakers’ control.
GOP leaders scrambled to contain the damage, and within hours of Trump registering his criticism on Twitter, they called an emergency meeting where House Republicans voted without opposition to undo the change.
And the cartoonists respond
First up, from the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Steve Breen: Ouch!
And a droll commentary from the Sacramento Bee:
Jack Ohman: Ethics returns to the GOP House of Representatives!
Similarly, from the Baton Rouge Advocate:
Walt Handelsman: GOP Congress starts with a BANG!
And from the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Steve Sack: House Republicans’ 2017 start
More partisan idiocy from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mike Luckovich: Radicals
Slick use of Twitter
Next, some offerings on Trump’s defeat of the news media in 149 characters or less.
First, from the Philadelphia Daily News:
Signe Wilkinson: Driving the news cycle
Next up, a perfect image from the Charlotte Observer:
Kevin Siers: Trump thanks himself
Finally, from El Machete Illustrated, the result:
Eric J. Garcia: Chicken media
The Chattanooga Times Free Press moves the deck chairs on the American Titanic:
Clay Bennett: The Transition
And, finally, from the Guardian, policy:
Brian Adcock: Nuclear race relations