June 12, 2013 Immigration legislation hit the Senate floor Tuesday, and Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes to wrap up the bill by July 4. Christopher Weyant notes that victory in the Senate might be less than half the battle, while Mike Luckovich points out the price that backers such as Marco Rubio have paid.
June 11, 2013 George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has begun. Little has changed since 2012, when Gustavo Rodriguez saw the media as eager to feed off the controversy and John Cole decried the result.
June 10, 2013 The Senate's hearings on sexual assault in the military highlighted divisions on overhauling the military justice system. Signe Wilkinson wonders how service members will be able to seek justice without systemic changes, while Mike Smith proposes a simple solution.
June 9, 2013 The Supreme Court has ruled that the collection of mouth-swab DNA samples from arrestees does not violate the Constitution. Randy Bish sees an inherent contradiction, while Signe Wilkinson fears a surveillance society made possible by the increasing use of biometric data.
June 8, 2013 Under the authority of a FISA court order the NSA has collected information about the electronic communications of millions of Americans. Nate Beeler sees little difference from the monitoring done under President Bush. Joe Heller thinks Americans are much more imperiled by their own phone use.
June 7, 2013 Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet with President Obama today in California. Dave Granlund sees little hope of progress on the issue of cyber-spying, while Adam Zyglis thinks China's prosperity might tempt Xi to ham it up.
June 6, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service spent $49 million on employee conferences from fiscal year 2010 to 2012 (though the agency cut expenses to $4.8 million in 2012). Rick McKee's audit finds the IRS delinquent, but John Deering thinks there are more important things Congress should be paying attention to.
June 5, 2013 Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is on trial for allegedly aiding the enemy by providing classified documents to WikiLeaks. Shlomo Cohen questions WikiLeaks' intent in releasing the material, while Jeff Danziger, a decorated Army veteran, doubts whether Manning will get a fair trial.
June 4, 2013 President Obama's job approval ratings have taken a turn for the worse, according to several recent polls. Joel Pett points out that some of Obama's critics supported his goals, while Mike Peters thinks that by comparison, the president isn't doing so badly.
June 3, 2013 While in Syria, Sen. John McCain may have had his picture taken with alleged sectarian kidnappers. Pat Bagley says the photo-flap emphasizes the complexity of possible U.S. involvement. Hajo De Reijger believes the EU's decision to lift an arms embargo will lead to too many weapons in the country.
June 2, 2013 Genetically modified wheat has cropped up where it doesn't belong, causing domestic and international repercussions. David Fitzsimmons sees little chance for increased oversight of GMOs, while Rodrigo de Matos thinks feeding the world doesn't leave many appetizing alternatives.
June 1, 2013 Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said this week that she won't run for re-election. Steve Sack and Nate Beeler demonstrate that sadness and joy over departure did not break along ideological lines.
May 31, 2013 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faces questions on his testimony that he wasn't involved in decisions regarding the possible prosecution of journalists. Chip Bok dislikes how the Justice Department has targeted news organizations. Nate Beeler says Republicans also don't have a great track record.
May 30, 2013 Less than a week after President Obama announced a new drone policy, a high-ranking Taliban leader was reportedly killed in Pakistan in a U.S. strike. Clay Bennett sees drone use as a net loss, while earlier this year Mike Smith pointed out that it depends on which side of the loss you're on.
May 29, 2013 According to a report prepared for the Pentagon, Chinese hackers have gained access to designs for U.S. weapons systems. Randy Bish condemns such sneaky behavior, while Paresh Nath thinks both the U.S. and China have reason to mistrust the other's commitment to cybersecurity.