June 29, 2013 Gov. Rick Perry has called a special, 30-day session of the Texas Legislature to pass anti-abortion legislation that was blocked by Sen. Wendy Davis' epic filibuster this week. John Branch salutes Davis as a lone-star for her efforts, while Eric Allie doesn't like what she stood for.
June 28, 2013 President Obama has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to limit how much carbon dioxide power plants can put into the air. Chip Bok doubts whether Obama can or should take such steps, while Matt Wuerker thinks time is running out.
June 27, 2013 The Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the formula used to determine which states and local jurisdictions had to get federal approval before changing their voting laws. Adam Zyglis is not optimistic that Congress can agree on a new standard, while Joel Pett thinks the past isn't dead yet.
June 26, 2013 In two 5-4 rulings Wednesday, the Supreme Court declared DOMA unconstitutional and cleared the way for gay marriages in California — but sidestepped the broader legality of same-sex marriages. Before the decisions were issued, Jen Sorensen and Chip Bok imagined an anti-DOMA ruling.
June 26, 2013 Signe Wilkinson sees no cure for information overload in the Internet age, while Gary Varvel thinks no matter how much data young people are bombarded with, they still process it in the same old way.
June 25, 2013 Edward Snowden left Hong Kong for Russia and could soon be somewhere else. Jeff Danziger thinks the affair has entered the theater of the absurd, while Olle Johansson sees President Obama soaking up a lot of criticism over Snowden's sojourn.
June 24, 2013 Americans can soon begin enrolling in healthcare exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. Chip Bok doesn't care for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising tactics, while Paul Fell criticizes Republicans for failing to offer a viable alternative.
June 23, 2013 The U.S. says it is prepared to begin supplying weapons to Syrian rebels. Brian Adcock thinks America will now be playing a leading role in the conflict, and that's exactly what John Darkow is afraid of.
June 22, 2013 In a rebuke to its GOP leadership, the House voted down the farm bill because Democrats thought it cut too much and Republicans, too little from SNAP, or food stamps. Chip Bok saw the bill as wasteful, while Matt Wuerker already had questions about John Boehner's effectiveness as House speaker.
June 21, 2013 U.S. peace talks with the Taliban were supposed to start Thursday but have been postponed. Matt Wuerker doesn't see an easy U.S. exit from Afghanistan, while Jimmy Margulies thinks the Taliban are not America's biggest obstacle.
June 20, 2013 The actor who played Tony Soprano of The Sopranos has died. New Jerseyan Jimmy Margulies noted in 2007 how the landmark drama changed how the world viewed the "Garden State," while Rob Tornoe says goodbye in a way that Tony would approve.
June 20, 2013 The Senate rejected border security amendments to the immigration bill. Christopher Weyant predicts it's going to be a while before the Senate brings the bill to a vote, while Nate Beeler questions whether Marco Rubio can hang on for the whole ride.
June 19, 2013 Moderate candidate Hasan Rowhani won a sweeping victory in Iran's presidential election on Friday. Gustavo Rodriguez is cautiously optimistic about the new president, while John Larter feels the term "moderate" should be put in a certain context.
June 18, 2013 NSA leaker Edward Snowden added to controversial allegations during a live chat Monday with The Guardian. Daryl Cagle doesn't think President Obama, despite drooping poll numbers, is getting the message about NSA surveillance, while Gary Varvel thinks Snowden is unclear on a different concept.
June 17, 2013 The Obama administration says the Syrian government has crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons against rebels. Steve Kelley thinks President Obama could have acted sooner, while Steve Sack believes the executive branch is justified in looking before it leaps.