The world as seen by cartoonist Ken Catalino, Creators.com.
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WASHINGTON — Here’s some practical advice to those who didn’t like President Obama’s swagger during his State of the Union address: Get used to it.
Few central bankers in modern history have had a better run than Australia’s Glenn Stevens. He steered his country around the global financial crisis, drove its currency to record highs and extended its recession-free run past the two-decade mark.
The world according to Tom Stiglich, Creators Syndicate.
Not mayor’s fault
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010. And there will, of course, be many people warning him to abandon that promise, to behave “responsibly.”
President Barack Obama and the new Republican majorities in Congress have spent the past few weeks posturing on tax policy rather than advancing serious proposals. This ought to change — and it can. The U.S. badly needs tax reform, and there’s surprising scope for cooperation.
The world as seen by cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, The Clarion-Ledger.
Protect the turtles
Whether Republican state leaders like it or not, the Environmental Protection Agency is going to require them to cut their states’ greenhouse-gas emissions.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ action Monday to set a timetable for moving Medicare away from fee-for-service payments is commendable and timely. Secretary Sylvia Burwell’s goals are nice and specific, too: Thirty percent of Medicare’s payments are to be value-based by the end of 2016, and 50 percent by the end of 2018.
The Big Island as seen by Hawaii Tribune-Herald cartoonist Gary Hoff.
Aerials in Panaewa
WASHINGTON — The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on federal property. He advised the person to contact Sanders’ political operation, which might become a presidential campaign.