October 13, 2013 House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama have both been criticized for their handling of the federal spending crisis. Mike Keefe faults Boehner for not being his own man, while Riber Hansson criticizes the president for being unable to "work" Congress.
October 12, 2013 The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Emad Hajjaj thinks the group will play a crucial role in Syria's hand-over of its chemical weapons, while Paresh Nath reminds us that "hand-over" is a relative term.
October 11, 2013 Closed national parks and monuments have become a symbol of the shutdown. Rick McKee thinks President Obama has gone too far in enforcing the closures, while Mike Peters argues that the uproar has detracted awareness from the real harm being done by the partial government shutdown.
October 10, 2013 President Obama nominated Janet Yellen to replace Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve. Jen Sorensen was concerned about Yellen's chances because she's not ... man enough, while Chip Bok is more worried that Bernanke's policies will carry over.
October 9, 2013 Even with a possible debt default looming, neither the White House nor the Republican-controlled House is negotiating. Clay Bennett argues there's no room for compromise with the GOP, while Mike Smith faults the president for not being more involved.
October 8, 2013 Will new overtures between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani produce meaningful results? Patrick Chappatte thinks it will take a willful suspension of disbelief, while Steve Greenberg, much like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has exceeded the limit of what he's willing to disbelieve.
October 7, 2013 In the budget fight over the Affordable Care Act, neither side has changed its basic position, but each has accused the other of being unwilling to compromise. Mike Luckovich thinks Tea Party Republicans have earned the blame for the shutdown, while Eric Allie thinks the media hasn't made enough of the president's refusal to bargain over the health law.
October 6, 2013 Millions of Americans have visited Healthcare.gov and state-run exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act, but it's unclear how many have signed up for insurance. Gary Varvel blames the anticipated glitches and long waits, while Signe Wilkinson is wired over the ongoing Republican opposition to Obamacare.
October 5, 2013 Many Americans have already started missing federal government services. Randy Bish wonders whether we've ignored our truest priorities, while Paul Fell provides a no-flow chart.
October 4, 2013 The effects of the partial government shutdown were highlighted on Tuesday when a group of veterans ignored barricades and visited the closed World War II Memorial on the National Mall. Mike Lester thinks the incident hurt President Obama, while Gary Varvel suggests that members of Congress took a licking too.
October 3, 2013 The partial federal shutdown is affecting workers across the country. Gary Varvel looks at the services still being provided and believes it's much ado about nothing, while Randy Bish considers the congressional stalemate and concludes it's too little done over nothing.
October 2, 2013 Yesterday was the first day Americans could use the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act. Nate Beeler is wary of creating another governmental institution, while Jen Sorensen criticizes the "Opt Out of Obamacare" campaign.
October 1, 2013 Because the Republican-led House and Democratic-led Senate couldn't agree to a stop-gap funding measure, the federal government has shut down many of its offices and services. Mike Peters fears the result will be more than symbolic, while Rick McKee thinks the wrong government employees are being furloughed.
September 30, 2013 The federal government may partially shut down at midnight unless the House and Senate can reach a compromise on the health care law and the budget. Nick Anderson thinks the GOP has been riding the same horse for too long, while Bob Englehart questions the president's unwillingness to make changes to Obamacare.