The north-eastern United States was hit by a massive blizzard on Sunday, bringing Washington DC and New York among all major cities in the region to a standstill and killing at least 19 people. An estimated 85 million people found themselves in the eye of the storm, named 'Jonas'. Around 200,000 people were left without power across the country. Read more >>
The cartoon by Brian Adcock from The Independent shows US Republican presidential nomination candidate Donald Trump and former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin standing on a snow-covered White House lawn. Trump says that if he was president, he would have "a complete shutdown of snow entering the United States". This echoes his call for a "total and complete shutdown" of the country’s borders to Muslims in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Palin adds that he would also "kick storm Jonas's ass", which is a nod to the rhetorical question she asked during her speech endorsing Trump last week: "Are you ready for a commander-in-chief who will let our warriors do their job and go kick Isis ass?"
This cartoon nicely illustrates the use of the second conditional in English: 'If' + past tense, 'would' + infinitive. For example, "If I won the lottery, I would buy a big house". See here and here for more on this grammar point. Trump could also have said "If I were president", which is also correct. See here and here for more on this.
To kick someone's ass means to punish or defeat someone: If he gives you any problems, let me know and I’ll kick his ass.