July 3, 2012 Since the Supreme Court's health care ruling, politicians and pundits have squabbled over if the individual mandate in the law is a tax increase. The Weekly Standard's Stephen F. Hayes says both President Obama and Mitt Romney should come clean on the issue.
July 3, 2012 Many conservatives would have liked health care reform to be struck down by the Supreme Court, but The Weekly Standard's Jeffrey H. Anderson says the opportunity to criticize the Affordable Care Act could be a political home run for the Republican candidate.
July 3, 2012 Pundits on both sides of the aisle have speculated that the Supreme Court's ruling on health care reform could be good for Mitt Romney, but The New Republic's Alec MacGillis says the former Massachusetts governor still needs to come up with an alternative.
July 3, 2012 Since the health care ruling, critics have decried the law's individual mandate as a huge tax hike on Americans. The Nation's Ilyse Hogue says not only is it necessary to make the insurance market work, it will create a stronger nation.
July 3, 2012 One major task for Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's new president, will be combating the powerful drug cartels that continue to plague his nation with violence and insecurity. Paresh Nath outlines the difficulties of the issue while Matt Wuerker thinks the brunt of the problem comes from elsewhere.
July 2, 2012 The evolution that started with cellular organisms continues in a new venue with the growth in complexity of electronic devices and networks.
July 2, 2012 The Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo resides today under the custody of the International Criminal Court and is awaiting trial on charges of crimes against humanity, but Foreign Policy's Austin Merrill says things are so bad in that country some people actually want their tyrant back.
July 2, 2012 In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision on health care reform, The Weekly Standard's Irwin M. Stelzer says the judicial system is too often getting in the way of American business and hampering the free market.
July 2, 2012 Many progressives are celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, but The Nation's Aziz Huq says the ruling limits what the government can do to care for its citizens and enforce regulations.
July 2, 2012 Many liberals are worried about the Supreme Court's decision to curtail the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, but The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn says it won't have as much impact as people fear.
July 2, 2012 The Black Jewels trilogy flips everything you thought you knew about fantasy on its head. But NPR editor Petra Mayer says it's still a wild ride of mystery, erotica, violence and even true love. What is your favorite book that defies the conventions of its genre? Tell us in the comments below.
July 2, 2012 The House voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress last week for not producing documents about the Fast and Furious scandal. Lisa Benson thinks Holder's testimony hit all but the facts, while Mike Smith thinks the Republicans should be focusing on something else.
July 1, 2012 Now that the Supreme Court has upheld President Obama's health care law, Steve Greenberg sees the ruling as an about-face for the court, while Rick McKee says it's the president who's a bit out of character.
June 30, 2012 The markets may have been pleased with the latest deal European leaders concocted to save their currency, but not everyone is so sure. Lisa Benson wonders if the supports are enough to prevent collapse, while Ollie Johansson thinks the only complete solution may be amputation.