The world as seen by cartoonist Ken Catalino, Creators.com.
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During the past 14 years, under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the United States has sent more than 9,000 additional Border Patrol agents to the Southwest frontier, more than doubling the force there.
The U.S. Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will halt the bond-buying program known as quantitative easing — one of the biggest experiments in economic policy ever attempted.
WASHINGTON — To paraphrase Roger Miller — and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia — America swings like a pendulum does.
Lava is unstoppable
WASHINGTON — It’s a good thing for Dominic Adesanya that U.S. marshals don’t bite.
Grantland Rice, a popular American sportswriter of the first half of the 20th century, gave us an often-quoted homily to sportsmanship: “For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, he writes — not that you won or lost — but how you played the Game.” In losing American political campaigns, Rice’s second line is often changed to “he writes not that you won or lost but how you place blame.”
The world according to cartoonist Tom Stiglich, Creators Syndicate.
The world as seen by cartoonist Steve Breen, Creators Syndicate.
The Roman Catholic Church’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family concluded with an address from Pope Francis on Oct. 19.
MCDONOUGH, Ga. — In a sun-dappled square decorated with scores of entrants in the community’s Halloween scarecrow contest, a balky sound system enables, if barely, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate to exhort a few hundred people, mostly supporters, to urge neighbors to vote to reduce Sen. Harry Reid to minority leader. The exhorter is David Perdue, a glutton for punishment who has been campaigning incessantly for 15 months and may be doing so for two more.
Open the road
One of the profound challenges of our age is how to evaluate risk from complex threats. At one level, experts provide scientific facts about, say, the transmissibility of a disease, and they can quantify the prospects for contagion. At another level, human emotions measure risk with irrational but powerful gut feelings.
A college student came to me recently with a quandary. He’d spent the summer interning at a conservative think tank. Now he was applying to schools and companies where most people were liberal. Should he remove the internship from his resume?
Critics of the 2010 Affordable Care Act complain that it doesn’t do much to control the health care costs that are becoming unsustainable for families and businesses. In fact, the law does many small things; the latest is the grant program announced recently to teach Medicare and Medicaid doctors new ways to offer higher-quality, better-coordinated, more cost-effective care. The four-year goal is to turn $840 million in grants into $5 billion in savings — a number that sounds big until it’s compared with the nearly $4 trillion in annual health care spending in the United States. The modesty of the effort reflects the reality that there’s just no easy way to put a lid on health care costs.