March 18, 2013 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already started running ads against actress Ashley Judd — an undeclared candidate — for McConnell's seat in the 2014 elections. Taylor Jones sees it as a classic matchup, while Jeff Danziger thinks McConnell is just as vulnerable on his right.
March 17, 2013 Chris Weyant and Rick McKee celebrate the holiday with a warring 'o the green.
March 16, 2013 A state judge upended New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. Randy Bish thinks the mayor's defeat was richly deserved, while Signe Wilkinson sees no real victors.
March 15, 2013 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the new pope. Dave Granlund celebrates the geography of the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, while Steve Sack looks at the daunting tasks ahead.
March 14, 2013 In Republicans' latest budget proposal, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan calls for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Steve Sack sees little chance for success, while Nate Beeler sees a bleak future if "Obamacare" continues on to full implementation.
March 13, 2013 Jeb Bush hasn't said he is running for president in 2016, but he is no longer saying he isn't. Jimmy Margulies questions the former Florida Governor's intentions, while Mike Luckovich has doubts about his name recognition.
March 12, 2013 The College of Cardinals will begin picking the next Pope today. Dario Castillejos is seeing no favorites, while Joep Bertrams doesn't think the next Holy Father will have an easy time.
March 11, 2013 The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed the first of four post-Newtown gun violence measures. David Fitzsimmons and Keith Knight note that when it comes to firearms, perception and misperception can have serious consequences.
March 10, 2013 Most Americans have yet to feel any pain from sequestration, which began a week ago. Joe Heller thinks most of us still don't understand what it means, while Mike Lester channels Seinfeld to accuse President Obama of making it hurt more than necessary.
March 9, 2013 Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, filibustered the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA Director for nearly 13 hours. Lisa Benson saw him taking aim at unlimited presidential power, while Joel Pett thought it was much more about unlimited presidential ambition.
March 8, 2013 The Dow broke its all-time high this week. Dave Granlund is jubilant, while Joe Heller wonders what kind of ride America is on.
March 7, 2013 The president of Venezuela since 1999 died Tuesday. Deng Coy Miel sees the self-styled revolutionary as he perhaps saw himself, while Gustavo Rodriguez notes that even in Venezuela, feelings are mixed about Chavez's passing.
March 6, 2013 With the UN set to impose sanctions on North Korea for its latest nuclear test, former hoop-star Dennis Rodman paid the country a visit. Cam Cardow doubts Rodman's visit was any help, while Patrick Chappatte thinks Kim Jong Un is going to be a real pain for Xi Jingping, China's new leader.
March 5, 2013 Now that sequestration has begun, what effect will it have? Nate Beeler doesn't expect much disruption, while Steve Greenberg is certain of only one result.