April 30, 2012 Social Security trustees reported that the program's trust fund will be exhausted by 2033. According to Lee Judge and Pat Bagley, chances are that the problem will be mishandled.
April 29, 2012 The next big task for Mitt Romney is picking his running mate, which has prompted a raft of speculation. Mike Smith assesses the unique qualities that the presumptive nominee's VP will have to possess, while from 2011, Chip Bok reminds us that a vice president can be too colorful.
April 28, 2012 After Mitt Romney swept all five states in this week's primaries, Newt Gingrich announced that he's ready to suspend his campaign. Randy Bish thinks the GOP will be relieved, while Joe Heller reminds us that Ron Paul is still slugging his way to the 2012 elections.
April 27, 2012 As the Arctic sea has experienced increasing ice melts, the polar bear has become the poster animal of climate change. Deng Coy Miel makes the connection. But Mike Lester disputes it, relying on a Canadian government study of an area known as the Foxe Basin. The aerial survey "did not provide evidence to suggest that climate change is negatively influencing" the polar bear population in that area.
April 26, 2012 Both President Obama and Mitt Romney support the continuation of lower rates on federal student loans. No matter the interest rate, Rick Parker sees dim prospects for repayment, while Kirk Walters reacts to a government study showing student loan debt lasts longer than many anticipated.
April 25, 2012 A New York Times investigation revealed that Wal-Mart has covered up $24 million in bribes over its operations in Mexico. Lee Judge is already convinced of the retail giant's guilt, while Mike Luckovich thinks the company will be relying heavily on an old-fashioned American value.
April 24, 2012 Romney supporter Ted Nugent's inflammatory remarks at the NRA convention were taken by some as a threat against President Obama. So his scheduled performance at Fort Knox has been canceled. Despite the right-wing rocker's violent imagery, John Darkow thinks his statements will find a welcome audience, while Nate Beeler imagines the Secret Service interview that cleared Mr. Nugent.
April 23, 2012 President Obama and Mitt Romney are staking out their positions in time for the general election. But Mike Lester and Mike Luckovich think they're each distracting voters from the bigger picture.
April 22, 2012 NPR Double Take looks back at the week. Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand and ABC's annual New Year's Eve special, died this week. Mike Luckovich and Rick McKee celebrate the life of America's "oldest teenager."
April 21, 2012 The French are voting for president Sunday. Nicolas Sarkozy wants to keep the job, but he's being pushed hard by Socialist Francois Hollande. Patrick Chappatte and Petar Pismestrovic hit the ballot box.
April 20, 2012 Congress held four hearings on the GSA's extravagant weekend in Vegas in which GSA official Jeff Neely pleaded the fifth. Despite David Fitzsimmons's outrage, Pat Bagley questions why there are so many hearings.
April 19, 2012 Now that Mitt Romney has effectively won the GOP nomination for president, Chris Weyant and Lee Judge both wonder what Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still doing in the race.
April 18, 2012 Eleven Secret Service employees face an investigation for involvement in a prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia. Chris Weyant and Lisa Benson see it as humiliating for all those involved.
April 17, 2012 No matter how daunting your taxes may seem, the Senate is likely in a worse spot. While Dave Granlund's lab rat gets lost in a byzantine maze, John Deering notes that it's been more than 1000 days since the Senate passed a budget.
April 16, 2012 The Obama administration has continued and expanded the use of drones in foreign conflicts. R. J. Matson and Manny Francisco debate morality and effectiveness of drone warfare.
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