Terrorists abduct schoolgirls in Nigeria. Tornados devastate the South. The housing market remains shaky. Climate change is blamed for rising number of deaths due to heat stroke.
Then Monica Lewinsky resurfaced in a tell-all essay and Republicans pencil in yet another congressional hearing on Benghazi. And politicians wonder why people regard Washington, DC as irrelevant.
After finally getting the green light from a proud, but internationally embarrassed Nigeria government, the United States is sending help to locate and rescue almost 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Some worry help may be coming too late, even as the terrorist group pulls off more daring abductions. Nobody knows where the schoolgirls are.
President Obama flew to Arkansas to commiserate with victims of the latest serious tornado that killed at least 15 people and left a wake of destruction in its 40-mile path. He reassured victims and local leaders the nation stands behind the survivors who face rebuilding their community for the second time in three years. While people expressed appreciation for Obama's visit, one woman who lost her son in the tornado said all the President really could do is "be here."
New Fed Chair Janice Yellen said the U.S. economy remains vulnerable after a cold winter and amid a sluggish housing market.
Scientists issued another grim warning about climate change, saying its effects are already being felt in harsher droughts, more torrential rainstorms and more severe wildfires. They said average temperatures on the planet could increase 10 degrees by the end of this century, as climate change effects accelerate.
But the top headline in the New York Post centered on the woman who once caused former President Bill Clinton to parse the meaning of sexual intercourse. Monica Lewinsky's silence-breaking essay in Vanity Fair was reduced by the newspaper to a front-page screamer that said, "My Life Sucks." Thanks for the reminder.
House Republicans, already legendary for repeated votes to repeal Obamacare, scheduled new hearings on the deaths of U.S. personnel in Benghazi, in the belief there is still an unturned stone that will prove Hillary Clinton was a bad guy. Democrats charged the hearing is just a GOP ploy to rehash old news for hoped for political gain.
Talking heads chattered at length about why Lewinsky chose now to rekindle memories of her and Clinton skulking in corners of the White House or House Republicans persisting in trying to find a fall guy in the Benghazi fiasco. They believed both involved motivations linked to the election later this year and the 2016 presidential election.
Hopefully the College Board won't remove the word "dysfunction" for its vocabulary test in the revised SAT.