Rick Perry’s spent a lot of time in Ukraine. Now he’s caught up in the impeachment inquiry

Rick Perry — former Governor of Texas and erstwhile presidential candidate — is, lest we forget, also the Secretary of Energy. With the exception of a few major policy-related moments (most famously, an aborted bail-out the coal industry) he’s mostly managed to avoid the levels of scrutiny and scandal that have dogged some other members of this administration.

But all that changed in the last few days, as Perry’s name has come up in relation to Ukraine — the nation at the heart of the whistleblower complaint that has led to an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

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Fox’s Almost Family aims to build a quirky family dramedy around medical rape

Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for September 29 through October 5 is the pilot for Fox’s new series Almost Family.

Almost Family is one of the worst new TV shows of the year, but what’s uniquely frustrating about it is how close it comes to working. With a few minor tweaks here and there, it could have been fascinating, maybe even really good.

It certainly has potential. The series …

SNL cold open: Matthew Broderick plays Mike Pompeo navigating a news-heavy impeachment inquiry 

Facing an onslaught of news surrounding the White House, Saturday Night Live attempted to juggle all the new details in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump in its cold open Saturday night.

Cycling through a nearly-random progression of administration officials — including guest star Matthew Broderick as a beleaguered Mike Pompeo — the sketch tried to both hit on all the major stories of the week and earn laughs, but rarely at the same time. The sketch opened with Vice President Mike Pence, portrayed by Beck Bennett, speaking about the “impeachment farce” with Aidy Bryant’s William Barr and Kate …