December 27, 2012 The U.S. was suffering through extreme weather as Republicans held their convention, and NASA's rover Curiosity landed on Mars. Chip Bok noted that Hurricane Isaac wasn't the only hot air to disrupt the gathering, while Mike Smith hoped water would be found in the Midwest as well as on Mars.
December 26, 2012 Music lost many artists this year who defined or redefined their genres, such as country great Earl Scruggs (toon by Randall Enos) and the "Queen of Disco" Donna Summer (toon by Taylor Jones).
December 25, 2012 In a world with so many attractions and distractions, Joe Heller and Nick Anderson hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
December 24, 2012 Scientists in Cern, Switzerland announced the discovery of the Higgs boson "God Particle" and Jimmy Margulies was sure to credit its original author. The shootings in Aurora, Colorado prompted David Fitzsimmons to wonder how many more times we'll do the same thing.
December 23, 2012 After bruising battles, the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare," and Wisconsinites voted to retain Scott Walker as their governor.
December 22, 2012 Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng escaped house-arrest to seek refuge in the U.S. and Bob Englehart noted his importance during an election year. Many felt that politics prompted Obama's position change on same-sex marriage, which Steve Kelley felt put him on equal footing with Mitt Romney.
December 21, 2012 Will the world end on December 21, 2012, as the fabled Mayan calendar predicts? Pat Bagley finds hope in human nature, while Dave Granlund predicts what might happen on December 22nd.
December 20, 2012 Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for President, effectively giving the nomination to Mitt Romney, and Rick McKee felt the move left many in dismay. Dismay barely describes Pat Bagley's reaction to scandals at the GSA and the Secret Service, where employees tarnished their agencies' reputations.
December 19, 2012 As the Republican presidential candidates fought for their party's nomination, John Cole thought they all exhibited their flaws. Despite its alleged shortcomings, Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law could provide immunity to George Zimmerman for his killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
December 18, 2012 When the Ninth Federal Circuit invalidated California's Prop. 8, Daryl Cagle could bearly contain his approval. Steve Kelley though it was a miscue when Obama required contraceptives to be included in most employer-sponsored health care plans, prompting many church-owned entities to go to court.
December 17, 2012 The presidential campaign began in earnest with Hajo De Reijger giving lots of running room to President Obama. But running room was in short supply for the Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino who capsized and allegedly abandoned his ship, winning Mike Keefe's enmity.
December 16, 2012 U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice removed her name from consideration for Secretary of State because of the furor being raised over her role in explaining the attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi. Both Gary McCoy and Randall Enos see her as being used by others with ulterior motives.
December 15, 2012 A gunman entered an elementary school in Newtown, C.T. and killed 26 people, 20 of them children. From past incidents, Gustavo Rodriguez searches for answers and Randy Bish tries to offer some comfort.
December 14, 2012 North Korea's launch of a satellite into orbit was met with widespread international condemnation. Patrick Chappatte questions whether the action constitutes a real threat, while Gustavo Rodriguez thinks some have already been harmed.