October 2, 2013 Yesterday was the first day Americans could use the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act. Nate Beeler is wary of creating another governmental institution, while Jen Sorensen criticizes the "Opt Out of Obamacare" campaign.
October 2, 2013 On Sept. 27, 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his 100-meter gold medal when tests showed a performance-enhancing drug in his system. As Alex Rodriguez appeals his illegal doping ban from Major League Baseball, Frank Deford reflects on a historical moment of drug use among athletes.
October 1, 2013 Because the Republican-led House and Democratic-led Senate couldn't agree to a stop-gap funding measure, the federal government has shut down many of its offices and services. Mike Peters fears the result will be more than symbolic, while Rick McKee thinks the wrong government employees are being furloughed.
September 30, 2013 The federal government may partially shut down at midnight unless the House and Senate can reach a compromise on the health care law and the budget. Nick Anderson thinks the GOP has been riding the same horse for too long, while Bob Englehart questions the president's unwillingness to make changes to Obamacare.
September 29, 2013 A U.N.-assembled panel of scientists says it "is clear" that human activity is the dominant cause of climate change. Clay Bennet finds this a worrying problem, while Rick McKee sees some problematic worriers.
September 28, 2013 The Senate passed a budget bill despite Ted Cruz's 21-hour talkathon in which he urged fellow Republicans to block any measure that doesn't derail Obamacare. Mike Peters thinks Cruz has egg on his face, while Eric Allie suggests it's Democrats who are being foolish.
September 27, 2013 September 2008 marked the beginning of the darkest days of the worst financial calamity to hit the U.S. since the Great Depression. Jen Sorensen caters a fifth-anniversary party, while Eric Allie doubts America has found the cure for its still sluggish economy.
September 26, 2013 During his U.N. charm offensive, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani raised the possibility of nuclear negotiations, though a much-talked-about meeting with President Obama did not happen. Lee Judge thinks Rouhani's moderate remarks could inspire U.S. politicians, while Nate Beeler doubts Iran's overtures are honest or peaceable.
September 25, 2013 As the House's "Defund Obamacare" continuing resolution comes before the Senate, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has promised to do all he can to pass it. Jake Fuller observes that Cruz's stand has earned him enemies on both sides of the aisle, while Chip Bok accuses President Obama of being equally strident.
September 25, 2013 The settlement with former players, who were suing the league for not bearing responsibility for the damage done by head injuries, included the provision that the NFL would not have to make public its internal documents about traumatic brain injuries. Frank Deford says the league owes kids that information.
September 24, 2013 Is Pope Francis taking the Catholic Church in a new direction, or is he merely giving it a kinder, gentler image? Pat Bagley believes in the power of words, while Joe Heller thinks the new pope is, after a fashion, walking the walk.
September 23, 2013 The House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program known as SNAP. Chip Bok believes eligibility for the program has been too lax under President Obama, while Nick Anderson thinks Republicans put political survival over food security.
September 22, 2013 It seems unlikely that the Washington Navy Yard shooting will revive calls for tougher federal gun laws. Signe Wilkinson thinks President Obama has had plenty of times to make his case, while Andy Singer (with help from Bob Dylan) sees little chance that America's culture of violence can be changed.
September 21, 2013 Ernest Hemingway's son turned down an offer from the publication that dismissed his father's work in 1924. Patrick Hemingway calls today's Vanity Fair a "luxury thinker's magazine," so he went to Harper's instead. NPR's Scott Simon suspects Hemingway himself would have sold the story to the highest bidder.
September 21, 2013 The Republican-led House has voted to defund the Affordable Care Act, raising the odds of a federal government shutdown and a default on America's debt. John Deering concludes that the GOP tactic defies reason, while Gary Varvel sees some hypocrisy regarding health law exemptions.