November 30, 2012 Of the revenue increases and program cuts that have been suggested during fiscal cliff negotiations, Jimmy Margulies thinks going after the mortgage interest deduction is a fairy tale, while Chip Bok argues you can't even get started at looking to Medicare for savings.
November 29, 2012 Susan Rice's closed-door meeting with sens. McCain, Graham and Ayotte failed to resolve their concerns about her role in explaining the Benghazi attack. Mike Lester thinks Rice has herself to blame for the explosive situation, while John Deering sees the senators' disappointment as pre-ordained.
November 28, 2012 Obama believes that ending tax cuts for the wealthy is important to avoid the fiscal cliff. Grover Norquist says ending the cuts violates his no tax increase pledge. Matt Wuerker sees Norquist as an obstructionist, while Chris Weyant thinks he doesn't enjoy the same kind of backing he's used to.
November 27, 2012 Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has issued a decree granting himself extraordinary powers. Hajo De Reijger sees things in Egypt going back to what they used to be, while Gustavo Rodriguez is fearful of the endgame.
November 26, 2012 The fate of Twinkies and other Hostess snacks remains unknown. John Darkow wonders where the dough went, while Steve Kelley has high hopes for a profitable future.
November 25, 2012 As the nation observes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, people in a number of states have petitioned the White House to secede from the union. Rick McKee sees folly in the notion, while Rob Tornoe imagines how Abraham Lincoln would deal with the situation.
November 24, 2012 Some employers are trying to find ways to minimize what they say will be costs incurred as a result of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Joel Pett think's Papa John's CEO John Schnatter's plans are extra-cheesy, while Lisa Benson takes a grand slam at certain aspects of the law.
November 23, 2012 The day after Thanksgiving is usually the busiest shopping day of the year. Pat Bagley doesn't expect things to be any different this year, while David Fitzsimmons (with help from Clement Clarke Moore) recites how avoiding long lines by going online has its own perils.
November 22, 2012 The holidays seem closer together than ever. Chip Bok was feeling the holiday crunch back in 2007, while with so many people still left homeless from Superstorm Sandy, Dave Granlund reminds us what Thanksgiving is really about.
November 21, 2012 U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is in the running to replace Secretary Clinton. Taylor Jones doesn't think much of the opposition from John McCain and Lindsey Graham because of her initial explanation of the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, while Steve Kelley saves his criticism for Obama.
November 20, 2012 The escalation of hostilities between Hamas and Israel has put post-Arab Spring Egypt's relationships to the test. Gary Varvel sees Israel getting the short end of the deal, while Paresh Nath thinks Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi faces a difficult task.
November 19, 2012 Some members of Congress and the media are trying to show a link between Gen. David Petraeus' resignation and the controversy over the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi. Chip Bok is a true believer in a causal link, while Mike Luckovich sees only conspiracy-mongering.
November 18, 2012 Romney's remark that he lost the election as a result of Obama's "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young Americans has reinvigorated a meme that Romney tried to quash. John Darkow thinks the former governor was engaging in hypocrisy, while Mike Lester is in full accord with Romney's views.
November 17, 2012 One of the key sticking points in a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is whether wealthy Americans will pay more taxes. Adam Zyglis thinks continuing tax cuts for the rich has no real support, while Lisa Benson feels that ending the cuts would be only a drop in the lunch bucket.
November 16, 2012 One day before Friday's deadline, states were given a 28-day extension to decide whether they'll participate in health insurance exchanges. Joe Heller thinks the time for excuses is through, but, as Joel Pett prophesied last July, new challenges to the health care bill are already being mounted.
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