December 11, 2012 On Sunday, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met one-on-one at the White House. Even before the closed-door session, Tim Eagan and John Deering imagined who would have the upper hand.
December 10, 2012 Americans are counting the shopping days until Christmas as they bite their nails over the fiscal cliff crisis. David Fitzsimmons and Randy Bish put a holiday spin on their respective positions.
December 9, 2012 Talks to end the National Hockey League lockout have broken down, and the entire season could be cancelled. Cam Cardow thinks the league's players and owners both stink on the ice, while Nate Beeler hopes Santa-ty will prevail.
December 8, 2012 The U.S. has again warned Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime not to use chemical weapons against its people. In August, Olle Johansson thought President Obama's admonition might preclude their use, while Jeff Danziger was less optimistic.
December 7, 2012 At the U.N. climate conference, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged wealthier nations to "take leadership" in fighting climate change. But will enough be done to combat effects such as accelerating polar ice cap melts? Sue Dewar and Joel Pett look at the possible consequences of inaction.
December 6, 2012 The duke and duchess of Cambridge, aka William and Kate, are expecting a baby. Aislin is also expecting ... a media meltdown, while Mike Graston thinks that even round-the-clock coverage will leave some royals watchers feeling shortchanged.
December 5, 2012 Now that House Republicans have responded with a counteroffer to President Obama's proposal for avoiding the "fiscal cliff," the two sides seem even further apart. Signe Wilkinson argues that the GOP offer doesn't go far enough, while Lisa Benson thinks the president wants way too much.
December 4, 2012 After the U.N. voted to give Palestinians "observer state status," Israel announced plans to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Patrick Chappatte doesn't see the U.N. recognition as helpful to the peace process, while Emad Hajjaj has the same opinion of Israel's building plans.
December 3, 2012 Which should come first, ending the "Bush" tax cuts for the wealthy or cutting spending? R.J. Matson and Steve Kelley try to find comedy in the manners of avoiding the fiscal cliff.
December 2, 2012 Senate Democrats are considering altering filibuster rules to make it harder for Republicans to impede legislation. Jeff Danziger does not have high regard for how Republicans have used the parliamentary maneuver, while R.J. Matson wonders if the Democrats are really willing to make a change.
December 1, 2012 This week's Powerball jackpot captivated the nation. Gary Varvel saw a better chance of winning the half-billion dollar prize than avoiding the fiscal cliff, while Clay Bennett acknowledged the harsh reality that only two lucky ticket-buyers can ignore.
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.