The world as seen by cartoonist Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune.
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WASHINGTON — The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington Senators were operated by Clark Griffith, who said: “Fans like home runs, and we have assembled a pitching staff to please our fans.” Today, however, Washington’s team is a model of best practices. The government? Less so.
U.S. officials are celebrating a modest victory in the war against the Islamic State in Syria — the apparently successful defense of the Kurdish town of Kobane, on the border with Turkey.
The world according to Tom Stiglich, Creators Syndicate.
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.
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.
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.
When President Obama urged in his State of the Union address that broadband Internet service be made available to all Americans, it was the 21st-century equivalent of calling for a chicken in every pot.
The world as seen by cartoonist Ken Catalino, Creators.com.
WASHINGTON — As President Obama prepared Tuesday to lay out his economic agenda in his State of the Union address, House Republicans were moving ahead with an agenda of their own.
After a major corruption scandal among its state judges, Florida enforced new judicial ethics rules, including one prohibiting judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations.