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Apr 20 2015 - 12:06am || Comments

The world as seen by cartoonist Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune.

  • Posted: Apr 3 2015 - 1:00am

    The world as seen by cartoonist Ken Catalino, Creators.com.

  • Posted: Apr 3 2015 - 1:00am

    Californians almost certainly are going to vote in 2016 on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use.

  • | Posted: Apr 3 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — After the horrors of the Iraq War, some former Bush administration officials pursued healing activities. Donald Rumsfeld set up a foundation, and White House chief of staff Josh Bolten has done philanthropic work overseas. Iraq viceroy Jerry Bremer took up painting, as did his old boss, George W. Bush.

  • Posted: Apr 2 2015 - 1:00am

    The world as seen by cartoonist Tom Stiglich, Creators.com.

  • | Posted: Apr 2 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So, if in 1964 the party would choose someone such as Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory.

  • Posted: Apr 2 2015 - 1:00am

    Almost half a century ago, in a case involving students who wore black armbands to protest the Vietnam War, the Supreme Court proclaimed schoolchildren don’t “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” This week, the court declined to hear a case from California that would have offered an opportunity to reaffirm that principle.

  • Posted: Apr 1 2015 - 1:00am

    If only Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence were less confused, he might also be less surprised. His surprise about the reaction to Indiana’s new religious-freedom law stems from his confusion about what it does.

  • Posted: Apr 1 2015 - 1:00am

    The world as seen by cartoonist Chris Britt, The State Journal-Register.

  • Posted: Apr 1 2015 - 1:00am

    The issue of mental health usually becomes a national discussion only after a horrifying tragedy, such as a mass shooting.

  • | Posted: Apr 1 2015 - 1:00am

    There’s a lot of fuzzy math in American politics, but Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, recently set a new standard when he declared the cost of Obamacare “unconscionable.” If you do “simple multiplication,” he insisted, you find the coverage expansion is costing $5 million per recipient. But his calculation was a bit off — namely, by a factor of more than a thousand. The actual cost per newly insured American is about $4,000.

  • Posted: Mar 31 2015 - 1:00am

    The world as seen by cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, The Clarion-Ledger.

  • Posted: Mar 31 2015 - 1:00am

    Diplomats always have been very good at making up deadlines and then missing them. So, it should come as no surprise — and be no cause for concern — that the U.S. and other world powers trying to cut a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program might not have a framework agreement by today, as promised.

  • | Posted: Mar 31 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — The John Boehner/Nancy Pelosi agreement on Medicare doctors’ payments — permanently easing up on scheduled cuts, funded (partially) by means testing — has been praised as an incremental gain and criticized as a small backward step. In either case, it is a rare bird: the result of a March 4 meeting between leaders in a metaphorical smoke-filled room (and, given Boehner’s smoking habit, perhaps an actual one).

  • Posted: Mar 30 2015 - 1:00am

    U.S. education officials in February had some modestly good news to announce: the nation’s high school graduation rate had inched up to a historic high. This month came even more encouraging news: Those rates have improved for all types of students, as the achievement gap that separates minority students from their white peers has narrowed. This progress is not mere happenstance; it is a product of reforms that have brought rigor and accountability to American public education. We hope that reality will not be lost on Congress as it debates the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.

  • | Posted: Mar 30 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — In the early days of the Obama administration, my Washington Post colleague Shailagh Murray and I used to trade tales of the arrogance of White House officials more interested in their insular club and the prestige of their positions than in the responsibility they had.