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Capitol Ink | The Best of 2016
View the tumultuous year of 2016 through the satirical lens of RJ Matson

Originally published on March 24, 2016

capitol-ink-03-24-16 Originally published on March 24, 2016

Despite the Trappings, Holiday Spirit 2016 Looks Iffy
A pause and a little humility are all that’s needed

Police stand guard at July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. During the holidays, people should entertain the idea that those on the opposite side politically may have a point and be worthy of respect, writes Mary C. Curtis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Since they usually jump-start around Thanksgiving, we are well into the time of Frosty and Rudolph and Tiny Tim fronting animated specials, annual favorites and tinsel-soaked movies of the week that end with the battling protagonists making up under the mistletoe.

Do we believe in Santa? I have to get back to you on that one. But I do have my favorites, all with the theme of redemption: Charlie Brown’s taunting gang recognizing the beauty of his scrawny tree; old Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim in the best version) waking up on Christmas morning, amazed that he indeed has time to be a good man, and, of course, the Grinch with his Grinchy small heart growing three sizes.

Trump Says He’ll Nominate Carson for HUD
Was a major supporter of president-elect after running against him

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who President-elect Donald Trump says he’ll nominate for secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has argued against the Obama administration’s fair housing plan, calling for less government involvement in social institutions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo).

President-elect Donald Trump announced Monday he would nominate former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to serve as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Bloomberg later confirmed Carson accepted.

Judge Trump With an Open Mind
Critics should hope he succeeds, then put up a better candidate in 2020

Whether Donald Trump selects Mitt Romney for secretary of State will tell a lot about his interest in burying hatchets, Jonathan Allen writes. (CQ Roll Call file photo)e

If Donald Trump is willing and able to turn the page on the ugliness of his campaign for president, so, too, should the 65 million Americans who voted against him.

Trump’s critics should stop worrying about “normalizing” him and start assessing him by the actions he takes during the transition and as president. The question isn’t whether Trump is normal — for better and worse he is not — but whether the policies he pursues adhere to the fervor and fury of his candidacy or the sobriety that tends to wash over presidents as they take office.

Trump Says He’s ‘Seriously Considering’ Carson for Housing Secretary
Ex-presidential candidate had previously withdrawn from consideration for a cabinet post

Ben Carson is under serious consideration for secretary of Housing and Urban Development, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he is seriously considering Ben Carson to serve as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, despite Carson having previously declined interest in a cabinet post.

“I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD,” Trump said in the tweet. “I’ve gotten to know him well — he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!”

Chaotic Convention Puts Trump's Managerial Brilliance in Question
And makes a joke of today's theme, 'Making America One Again'

Given his campaign rhetoric, Donald Trump would have to change course radically to even start to unify the country, writes Melinda Henneberger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump’s biggest selling point is his brilliance as a manager.  

Yet if this week’s Republican National Convention is any guide, a Trump administration would marry the micromanaging of Jimmy Carter, who refused to delegate even the scheduling of the White House tennis courts, with the incompetence of, say, James Buchanan, who held that Southern secession was illegal, but that going to war to keep the country together was, too.  

Ben Carson: Gay Marriage, Abortion are 'Evil'
Former GOP presidential candidate defends linking Clinton to Lucifer

Ben Carson said there was some "pretty good consistency there" between Hillary Clinton's values and "what is espoused by evil." (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson — who loosely associated Hillary Clinton with an admiration for Satan during his Republican National Convention speech Tuesday — went one step further the next morning, equating gay marriage and abortion rights with "evil."  

"When you look at the principles that are espoused by Christ, by Christianity, then look at what is espoused by evil, and then you look at things like killing babies, you look at things like redefining marriage away from what the biblical definition is, I think there’s pretty good consistency there," Carson said on CNN's "New Day ."  

Christ Is Risen, But Campaign Discourse About Faith Has Fallen
And no one knows how 'God talk' will resonate at the ballot box

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Friday, March 4, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Fewer Americans are flocking to religion, but you wouldn't know that from the current presidential election cycle.  

The politics of Washington are on pause for Easter break, but the campaign trail does not relent. And despite our separation of church and state, religion has been front-and-center this election season, often in ways that emphasize division rather than reconciliation.  

Sanford Says Cruz Endorsement Was More About Trump

Sanford, center left, escorts his guest Ben Carson to the House chamber for Pope Francis' speech to a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mark Sanford said Monday his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for president ahead of South Carolina's Republican primary was more about opposing Donald Trump than supporting Cruz.  

Sanford endorsed  Cruz on Feb. 19, the day before the South Carolina primary. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., received endorsements from several prominent South Carolina Republicans, including Gov. Nikki Haley, who succeeded Sanford, and Sen. Tim Scott.  

About Face! Pols Who Tried to Rewrite Military History

Carson speaks to the media before a Nov. 6 gala for the Black Republican Caucus of South Florida in Palm Beach Gardens. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Whether Ben Carson fudged a bit on that offer of a "full scholarship" to West Point or it's a question of "semantics," as he told reporters on Nov. 6, it wouldn't be the first time a politician misrepresented their military experience.  

The West Point story is a central one to Carson's narrative. He has said for years he was offered a "full scholarship" to the military academy — but admitted last week he was encouraged to apply, but hadn't received an official invitation nor did he apply.