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Bill Pascrell Jr.: Why Congress is so dumb

In a year of congressional lowlights, the hearings we held with Silicon Valley leaders last fall may have been the lowest. One of my House colleagues asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai about the workings of an iPhone – a product of rival Apple. Another asked Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg, “If you’re not listening to us on the phone, who is?” One senator was flabbergasted to learn that Facebook makes money from advertising. Over hours of testimony, my fellow members of Congress struggled to grapple with technologies used daily by most Americans and with the functions of the internet itself.

Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 10.

Tom Acitelli: Why Elizabeth Warren – and every would-be president – prefers macrobrews

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broadcast a live Instagram video on New Year’s Eve that showed her drinking a Michelob Ultra in her kitchen in Cambridge. “The club soda of beer,” she later said, when a reporter asked her what she was drinking. The political world rolled its eyes and declared it shameless pandering. Did the ex-Harvard academic really prefer the thin, yellow fizz of Michelob Ultra, especially when her Boston region is home to some of the world’s best producers of richer, tastier IPAs, amber ales and porters?

Tom Toles

Cartoon for January 8.

Jim Morin

Cartoon for January 7.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Should Donald Trump be impeached?

Should Donald Trump be impeached? That he will be seems likely as Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, the chamber where impeachment proceedings begin. That he deserves to be is similarly self-evident.