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Apr 27 2015 - 12:05am || Comments

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

  • Posted: Mar 16 2015 - 1:00am

    Americans love democracy and freedom — so long as there’s no quiz involved. The numbers are depressing: One in four Americans do not know that the U.S. declared its independence from England. One in three cannot name a single branch of government. Three in four don’t know why the Civil War was fought.

  • Posted: Mar 16 2015 - 1:00am

    A European diplomat ruefully observed to us that a letter by Senate Republicans to Iran’s leadership would provide the country’s foreign minister with a convenient talking point when negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program resume on Monday. Mohammad Javad Zarif will probably protest that his efforts to persuade hard-liners in Tehran to accept a compromise accord have been undercut by the GOP’s letter, which pointed out that the deal would not be binding on Congress or the next president.

  • | Posted: Mar 16 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — If my Post colleague Jason Rezaian were home for his 39th birthday on Sunday, he’d probably be at his brother Ali’s house in Mill Valley, California, building Star Wars Legos with his 7-year-old nephew and dipping into some spicy guacamole.

  • Posted: Mar 15 2015 - 1:00am

    Spring is almost here: time for the annual Washington ritual known as the “doc fix.” In 1997, Congress tried to limit Medicare spending by linking the growth of physician reimbursements to that of the overall economy. This “sustainable growth rate” worked fine so long as economic growth outpaced medical costs; then the 2001 recession hit, and doctors howled at the prospect of cuts. Congress enacted a temporary repeal — the first of 17 such short-term doc fixes, the cumulative cost of which now exceeds $150 billion. The current doc fix expires March 31, at which point a mandatory 21 percent cut in payments to physicians would kick in.

  • Posted: Mar 15 2015 - 1:00am

    The Big Island as seen by Hawaii Tribune-Herald cartoonist Gary Hoff.

  • Posted: Mar 15 2015 - 1:00am

    Courthouse needed

  • | Posted: Mar 15 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — In the mid-1960s, a social scientist noted something ominous that came to be called “Moynihan’s Scissors”: Two lines on a graph crossed, replicating a scissors’ blades. The descending line charted the decline in the minority male unemployment rate. The ascending line charted the simultaneous rise of new welfare cases.

  • Posted: Mar 14 2015 - 1:00am

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

  • | Posted: Mar 14 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — On March 2, the story broke that Hillary Clinton had possibly violated email regulations while secretary of state.

  • Posted: Mar 14 2015 - 1:00am

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was set to ban armor-piercing 5.56mm “green-tip” bullets.

  • Posted: Mar 14 2015 - 1:00am

    Learn finance

  • Posted: Mar 13 2015 - 1:00am

    With financial markets showing increasing signs of instability and excess, investors might find it comforting that most of the largest U.S. banks have passed the Federal Reserve’s latest round of stress tests.

  • Posted: Mar 13 2015 - 1:00am

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

  • | Posted: Mar 13 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor and a man who would very much like to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, is making his case.

  • Posted: Mar 13 2015 - 1:00am

    President Obama’s proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is in trouble on Capitol Hill. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says a bill to enable expedited consideration of the pact will be delayed until April because of opposition from liberal Democrats and a few tea party Republicans. The latest rallying cry for TPP foes is that it would allegedly threaten environmental and labor regulations, as well as U.S. sovereignty, for the benefit, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., noted recently in an op-page column, of “the biggest multinational corporations in the world.”