‘The Gloriously Incompetent Politicians of Children’s Television’ for Slate

The monocled little man who falls apart when his assistant goes on vacation, hiding in his underwear in his ruined mayoral office, clutching his jar of pickles. The self-centered, cigar-smoking womanizer flanked by models, who makes only the barest attempt to hide his corruption, holding his constituents in open contempt. The insecure man-children wearing sashes … More ‘The Gloriously Incompetent Politicians of Children’s Television’ for Slate

‘Australian Deputy Prime Minister Resigns Following Sex Scandal, Because Australian Politics Is a Mess Too’ for Slate

Here’s something that might make Americans feel slightly better (or not) about their country’s ludicrous leadership: Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been forced stepped down from his post—again—following a litany of scandals surrounding his affair with his former media adviser and soon-to-be baby mama, Vikki Campion. That’s right, Mike Pence’s Australian counterpart not … More ‘Australian Deputy Prime Minister Resigns Following Sex Scandal, Because Australian Politics Is a Mess Too’ for Slate

‘Australian Court Sacks Deputy Prime Minister and Four Other Members of Parliament in Citizenship Scandal’ for Slate

Australia’s dual-citizenship saga has come to an explosive climax, with the Australian High Court on Friday deeming five of the seven politicians holding dual citizenship—dubbed the “Citizenship 7” by the media—ineligible to serve. Read more ‘Australian Court Sacks Deputy Prime Minister and Four Other Members of Parliament in Citizenship Scandal’ at slate.com

‘Absurd and Fascinating Birtherism Crisis Wreaks Havoc in Australian Parliament’ for Slate

Birtherism is back in the political news, this time in Australia—and unlike the nutty theories about former President Barack Obama, the accusations are based in reality and are costing politicians their jobs. In the latest and daffiest chapter in the saga, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was nominated for 2018 New Zealander of the Year. Read … More ‘Absurd and Fascinating Birtherism Crisis Wreaks Havoc in Australian Parliament’ for Slate

‘It’s Been a Year Since Trump’s Election, but TV Has Never Stopped Reliving That Night’ for Slate

The memory of election night 2016—watching the delegate count climb, slowly realizing what was happening, and finally seeing Donald Trump take the stage in the early hours of Nov. 9—is burned so firmly into the collective consciousness that we hardly need to be reminded of it. And yet popular culture has insisted on doing just … More ‘It’s Been a Year Since Trump’s Election, but TV Has Never Stopped Reliving That Night’ for Slate