President Obama says the federal health exchange website is now "working well for the vast majority of users," but Republicans say it has security problems. Steve Kelley questions whether the site is too easy for some to use, while Lee Judge refuses to go with the flow of Obamacare critics.
December 4, 2013 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the company hopes to someday use drones to deliver packages. Mike Smith thinks America's online shoppers will be eager customers, while Chip Bok expects employment to drop like a stone.
December 3, 2013 China has established a new air defense zone that overlaps similar defense zones of its neighbors South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Deng Coy Miel fears China is seeking a confrontation, while Jeff Danziger thinks Japan has been too quick to interpose the United States in its territorial disputes with its neighbor.
December 2, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry sent a video to members of Congress urging them not to impose any further sanctions against Iran, lest it upset his newly negotiated accord. Jeff Danziger doubts Republicans will give the deal a chance to work, while Gary Varvel thinks Kerry is giving it all away.
December 1, 2013 Pope Francis recently issued an 84-page paper criticizing the excesses of capitalism, stating "it is evident that unbridled consumerism combined with inequality proves doubly damaging to the social fabric." Mike Luckovich doubts some will hear him, while Rainer Hachfeld believes the Holy Father has joined the company of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
November 30, 2013 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says things are on track to meet today's deadline for fixing the HealthCare.gov website. Steve Sack thinks the Band-Aids mask a larger problem, while Darrin Bell finds it absurd that some Republicans claim that nuclear negotiations with Iran were intended to distract from the website woes.
November 29, 2013 Traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday brings out shoppers hurrying after deals. Gustavo Rodriguez thinks some bargain hunters take things way too far, while Sandy Huffaker notes there's always another shop-pertunity waiting in the wings.
November 28, 2013 For the first time in 125 years, by some calculations, Thanksgiving coincides with the start of Hanukkah. On a day of turkey-eating and menorah-lighting, Dave Granlund and Joe Heller are two happy kvellers.
November 27, 2013 As America readies for the national holiday, its cartoonists are preoccupied with two issues. Jen Sorensen has a bone to pick over the human cost of Black Friday sales, while Clay Bennett is undone by the possibility that HealthCare.gov might not be ready for holiday traffic.
November 26, 2013 Senate Democrats' decision to exercise the "nuclear option" and curtail filibusters of most presidential appointees is still drawing strong reactions. Nick Anderson thinks Democrats didn't have much choice, while Nate Beeler anticipates that the party will live to regret it.
November 25, 2013 Iran and six world powers have reached a preliminary accord that President Obama said "will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon." Arcadio Esquivel hopes the accord will hold, while Schot doubts Iran's sincerity.
November 24, 2013 Two same-sex marriages made the news this week. Signe Wilkinson takes the side of Methodist pastor Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was suspended from ministerial duties for officiating his son's same-sex marriage, while Matt Wuerker wonders how Liz Cheney's public statements about her sister's marriage will affect Cheney family dynamics.
November 23, 2013 Senate Democrats have voted to change filibuster rules to prevent Republicans from blocking executive and judicial nominees. Chip Bok thinks Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has not been faithful to his word, while Matt Wuerker doubts the change will ruin the institution.
November 22, 2013 Joel Pett and Joe Heller ask what for generations of Americans was the quintessential question about Nov. 22, 1963.
November 21, 2013 President Obama's proposal to let insurance companies sell policies that aren't Affordable Care Act-compliant for an additional year has created new problems. Gary Varvel doubts its effectiveness as a patchwork solution, while Jen Sorensen wonders whether even divine intervention would be enough to salvage the Obamacare rollout