“Republicans on Wednesday nominated Rep. Steve Scalise to be the next House speaker and will now try to unite around the conservative in a floor vote to elect him after ousting Rep. Kevin McCarthy from the post. In private balloting at the Capitol, House Republicans pushed aside Rep. Jim Jordan, the Judiciary Committee chairman, in favor of Scalise, the current majority leader, lawmakers said. The Louisiana lawmaker is seen as a hero to some after surviving a mass shooting on lawmakers at a congressional baseball game practice few years ago.” Thankfully, Jim Jordan has been pushed aside. There’s not much more to be thankful about. Hopefully, the GOP will get someone officially in the top spot so we can go back to functioning in the dysfunctional way to which we’ve grown accustomed. Tom Nichols in The Atlantic (Gift Article): The World Needs a Unified and Resolute America. (America needs that, too.)