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- What Bibi Didn’t Say, By Thomas L. Friedman
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- How Warren Buffett Does It, By Joe Nocera
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- Walmart’s Visible Hand, By Paul Krugman
- Did Israel Put Money Over Justice?, By Roger Cohen
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- And Now, Homeland Insecurity, By Gail Collins
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- What Greece Won, By Paul Krugman
- The Human Stain, By Nicholas Kristof
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- Knowledge Isn’t Power, By Paul Krugman
- Pakistan in Its Labyrinth, By Roger Cohen
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- Jeb Bush’s Brainless Trust, By Maureen Dowd
- Straight Talk for White Men, By Nicholas Kristof
- Football’s L.A. Trick Play, By Joe Nocera
- The Unsinkable R.B.G.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has No Interest in Retiring
, By Gail Collins
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- An Ode to Obamacare, By Gail Collins
- Curtail Iran and Win, By Roger Cohen
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- Nobody Understands Debt, By Paul Krugman
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- Net Neutrality Rules, By Joe Nocera
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- ‘American Sniper’ Moral, By Gail Collins
- Bruce Jenner’s Courage, By Nicholas Kristof
- Israel Needs a Grown-Up, By Roger Cohen
- A Bad Mistake, By Thomas L. Friedman
- A Future Segregated by Science?, By Charles M. Blow
- The Long-Run Cop-Out, By Paul Krugman
- Heroes and Bystanders, By Nicholas Kristof
- Mitt’s White Horse Pulls Up Lame, By Maureen Dowd
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- How Do We Increase Empathy?, By Nicholas Kristof
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- Library Visit, Then Held at Gunpoint
Charles Blow: At Yale, the Police Detained My Son
, By Charles M. Blow
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- Don’t Blame Nafta, By Joe Nocera
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- The Battle to Belong
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, By Roger Cohen
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- Voodoo Time Machine, By Paul Krugman
- Who Should Apologize in Police Conflict?, By Charles M. Blow
- Back to the Future, By Gail Collins
- Is Islam to Blame for the Shooting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris?, By Nicholas Kristof
- Time for a Pause, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Moral of the Kulluk, By Joe Nocera
- Trying to Remembe, By Roger Cohen
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- Privilege of ‘Arrest Without Incident’, By Charles M. Blow
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- Four Questions for 2015, By Joe Nocera
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- Why Israeli-Palestinian Peace Failed, By Roger Cohen
- Is Vacation Over?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Shale and the Falling Price of Oil, By Joe Nocera
- Conquest Is for Losers
Putin, Neocons and the Great Illusion
, By Paul Krugman
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- What Will Israel Become?, By Roger Cohen
- Who’s Playing Marbles Now?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Gift of Education, By Nicholas Kristof
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- Welcome Back, Cuba!, By Nicholas Kristof
- This Israeli Election Matters, By Thomas L. Friedman
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- Wall Street’s Revenge
Dodd-Frank Damaged in the Budget Bill
, By Paul Krugman
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- The Way Back to Iran, By Roger Cohen
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- Dinner Party Political Primer, By Gail Collins
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- What if Whites Were the Minority?, By Nicholas Kristof
- This Is Your Moment, By Charles M. Blow
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- We’re Always Still Americans, By Thomas L. Friedman
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From Eric Garner and Michael Brown to the Ballot Box
, By Charles M. Blow
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- The Woes of Working Women, By Gail Collins
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New articles added from the past week that discuss: 10 good reasons to hope for the demise of AIPAC, how to fix America's infrastructure, the GOP plan to kill health care reform, the sick joke of American exceptionalism, why religious extremism is much more than religious texts, Obama's attack on privacy, how recent SCOTUS decisons are destroying America, playing chicken with nuclear war, 10 ways the US can stop terrorizing everyone, and the Bibi Clown Show comes to town including the destructive rationale behind this charade [everyone who stood up and applauded this tyrant needs to be voted out of office], plus lots more in Sounding Off. You might also ienjoy our large selection of progressive political humor, our interactive projects plus our free music downloads. --RJ Crane, editor

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The secret to fixing America’s broken infrastructure
Roads are crumbling, bridges require repairs and schools need upgrades. The solution? New tax codes

By David Sirota

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu One of the Most Dangerous Men in the World Today
By Dave Lefcourt
"It [Israel] has acted with impunity since after the 1967 war knowing whatever actions it takes will be supported by its primary benefactor, the US.

Playing Chicken with Nuclear War
By Robert Parry
"A swaggering goofiness has come to dominate how the United States reacts to Russia, with American politicians and journalists dashing off tweets and op-eds, rushing to judgment about the perfidy of Moscow's leaders, blaming them for almost anything and everything."

Even Better Than a Tax Cut
By LAWRENCE MISHEL
"What has hurt workers’ paychecks is not what the government takes out, but what their employers no longer put in — a dynamic that tax cuts cannot eliminate."

Spitting In The Face of Obama
By Uri Avnery

Netanyahu Goes to Washington: The Tail Continues to Wag the Dog
By Michael Payne
"Here we have the leader of a tiny sliver of a country preparing to come swaggering into America and attempt to dictate what the U.S. government must do. The audacity and arrogance of this man is absolutely astounding. Talk about an unwelcome guest!"

The Bibi Circus Comes to Town
By Joseph Clifford
"Mr Netanyahu has done pretty much everything to destroy the talks to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, including appearing before the UN with his silly Wiley Coyote like cartoon, preaching that Iran is only months away from a nuclear weapon."

Netanyahu’s war must be stopped now: The real story behind his speech to Congress
While the media covers politics and personalities, a much more dangerous game around Iran unfolds offstage

By MICHAEL LERNER
"The real story is far more worrisome.  Netanyahu is here to push the U.S. toward another Middle East war in which the U.S. would be the proxy for what Netanyahu (mistakenly) thinks is Israeli interests."

10 [Good] Reasons To Pray for AIPAC's Decline
By Medea Benjamin

Hillary’s “transparency” hypocrisy: Promoting open government — while using private email for official business
As secretary of state, Clinton talked a good game about transparency, but she deliberately undermined it

By LUKE BRINKER

“People are really getting angry”: How Bernie Sanders just electrified Iowa — and what it means for ’16
At an under-the-radar town hall in Des Moines, Sanders had the crowd begging for more. Here's why it matters

By ROBERT LEONARD

Glenn Greenwald blasts Hillary Clinton: “The ultimate guardian of bipartisan status quo corruption”
Journalist says Clinton's glide path to Democratic nomination is "depressing"

By LUKE BRINKER
"The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald on Monday lamented that her likely nomination as the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential candidate will prevent a real debate on issues like National Security Agency spying."

American exceptionalism is a sick joke
Endless incarceration. Extrajudicial killing. Pervasive surveillance. America is anything but a model democracy

By ALFRED W. MCCOY, TOMDISPATCH.COM

Tea Party’s “stunning” nightmare: Why it thinks its homeland is disappearing
Wingnuts like Rep. Steve King worry the U.S. is leaving them behind. A new report shows they're actually right

By ELIAS ISQUITH

10 ways America can stop terrorizing its citizens (and the rest of the world)
We refuse to think of ourselves as barbaric, and yet our War on Terror is exactly that. It's time we put it to rest

By TOM ENGELHARDT, TOMDISPATCH.COM
"Still — and I accept the irrationality of this — when my country wipes out wedding parties in other lands or organizes torture regimes and offshore prison systems where anything goes, or tries to jail yet another whistleblower, when it acts cruelly, arbitrarily, or barbarically, I feel shock and wonder why more Americans don’t have the same reaction."

Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution
By Chris Hedges
"The battle between popular will and the demands of corporate oligarchs, as they plunge greater and greater numbers of people around the globe into poverty and despair, is becoming increasingly volatile."

Holding Homeland Security Hostage
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD

The Quran isn’t the problem: Violent extremism is about more than just sacred texts
There are those who insist that violence is intrinsic to religion's sacred texts. Here is what they're missing

By MURRAY WATSON

The Administration's Dishonest Response to Elizabeth Warren's Attack on Secret Investor Arbitration Panels in Trade Deal
By Yves Smith
"What these pacts are primarily intended to do is strengthen intellectual property laws to help US software and entertainment companies, along with Big Pharma, increase their hefty profits, and to aid multinational by permitting the greatly increased use of secret, conflict-ridden arbitration panels that allow foreign investors to sue governments over laws that they contend reduced potential future profits. I am not making that up."

“He makes George W. Bush and Nixon look good”: Why Obama’s attack on privacy is so historic
Pioneering columnist Robert Scheer tells Salon just how bad our privacy nightmare has really gotten

By ELIAS ISQUITH
"The significance of the Snowden leaks, it seems to me, is something we already knew: the degree to which this data we are turning over— ostensibly to private corporations who have an incentive to protect consumers — all the data’s been cut off at the knees by government intrusion."

Gun Rights for Terrorists
By MARY LEWIS GROW
"People with a felony record, a conviction for domestic assault, a history of dangerous mental illness or illegal residency status are among those prohibited from purchasing and possessing firearms in the United States. But being on the terror watch list is not a prohibited purchaser category."

Clapper Calls For Arming Ukrainian Forces: Who Would That Actually Empower?
By Glenn Greenwald

Happy Talk History
By Timothy Egan
"The push against professional educators is part of a larger national effort by conservatives to get rid of the history they don’t like, in places like Texas, Georgia, Colorado and Tennessee. Last year, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution endorsing these culture war potshots."

This SCOTUS destroyed America: How Citizens United is ruining more than our elections
Thanks to Anthony Kennedy, the decision responsible for our new oligarchy has made Washington even more grotesque

By Elias Isquith
"What has gone less-examined, however, is the role that dark money — which is spending by groups that are supposedly devoted to 'social welfare,' and that consequently don’t have to reveal their donors — has played since 2010 in the crafting of legislation."

The Awesome Life of an American Congressman
by Michael Winship
“In Aspen, Colorado, [Schock] stays at the Little Nell, a five-star resort near the ski slopes. In Las Vegas, he prefers the pricey Wynn hotel. While in Vail, Colorado, and San Francisco, it’s the Four Seasons. In Miami Beach, he’s sampled the Delano, Fontainebleau and the exclusive Soho Beach House. And in Beverly Hills, California, he’s tried both the Peninsula and the Beverly Wilshire.”

Our election system’s anti-minority bias is even worse than you think
Since SCOTUS gutted the Voting Rights Act, things have gotten bad — and are getting worse

By Sean McElwee
"In the wake of the recent gutting of the Voting Rights Act, partisans were quick to jump on the opportunity to restrict unfavorable voters."

The Phony Legal Attack on Health Care
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in one of the most anticipated cases of the term: King v. Burwell, a marvel of reverse-engineered legal absurdity that, if successful, will tear a huge hole in the Affordable Care Act and eliminate health insurance for millions of lower-income Americans — exactly the opposite of what the law was passed to do."

How We Learned to Kill
By TIMOTHY KUDO
"The primary factors that affect an individual’s ability to kill are the demands of authority, group absolution, the predisposition of the killer, the distance from the victim and the target attractiveness of the victim."

Abolish the death penalty!: Here are 8 good reasons why
In Texas--of course--a man faces execution for a crime he probably didn't commit. We can do better, America

By JOHN AVIGNONE

One nation without God: Why a post-religious America is upon us
The yoke of fundamentalism is loosening. New data reveal Americans are turning away from religion in record numbers

By LYNN STUART PARRAMORE, ALTERNET

Robert Reich: America is winning the race to the bottom
The former secretary of labor on the rise of "independent contractors" and the threat they pose to our labor force

By ROBERT REICH, ROBERTREICH.ORG

Swimming With Sharks: Goldman Sachs, Schools and Capital Appreciation Bonds
By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt

Faith-fueled forces of hatred: Obama’s religion speech was troubling — but not for the reasons the right alleges
It's not that religion gets twisted and misused for evil. The cruelty is embedded in the very texts

By JEFFREY TAYLER

The Obama-Netanyahu Showdown
By Gareth Porter
"The real reason for President Barack Obama's continued appeasement of Netanyahu on the talks is that the White House believes Israel's minions in Congress pose a serious threat to the administration's diplomatic strategy on Iran."

“What did thousands of dead Americans get us?” Before granting war powers, let’s see where the last two got us
As we plan another war, it's time to ask: Just what kind of real-world results has our war machine produced so far?

By ROBERT HENNELLY
"All the Beltway reporting about the prospects of new war powers for the president focus on the parlor politics of whether he can get it through Congress, not on the efficacy of his strategy. Funny, how we insist on results-based assessments on everything else but lose all reason when we hear the battle bugles blare."

Noam Chomsky: America paved the way for ISIS
The famed linguist and philosopher on the conflict in Iraq, Israel and the myriad dangers of U.S. foreign policy

By NOAM CHOMSKY, JACOBIN

The First Amendment as we know it today didn’t exist until the ’60s
Neither the text nor history is a reliable guide to interpreting the amendment. And don't ask the current SCOTUS

By BERT NEUBORNE
"The truth is that the First Amendment as we know it today didn’t exist before Justice William Brennan Jr. and the rest of the Warren Court invented it in the 1960s."

Red State Voters Are Stupid For Electing Insane Republicans
By Rmuse
"One really wants to believe that no sane person would leave the comfort of their home, drive to the local polling place, and cast a vote for a fanatical extremist, but that is not the case in red states across America."

Failing Tonkin Gulf Test on Ukraine
By Robert Parry
"And nobody wants to go through that because here's the truth about Official Washington: if you run with the pack -- if you stay within the herd -- you'll be safe. Even if things go terribly wrong -- even if thousands of American soldiers die along with many, many more foreign civilians -- you can expect little or no accountability. You will likely keep your job and may well get promoted. But if you stand in the way of the stampede, you'll be trampled."

Where the Bible really stands on slavery
Christians would like to believe it's anathema to their faith. The Good Book tells a slightly different story

By VALERIE TARICO, ALTERNET
"Slavery comes up regularly in New Testament texts; but rather than repudiating the practice, the writers simply encourage good behavior on the part of both slaves and masters."

Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion
We’re closer to environmental disaster than ever before. We need a new story for our relationship with the Earth, one that goes beyond science and religion.

By Richard Schiffman
"It is no secret that the Earth is in trouble and that we humans are to blame."

The Epidemic of Facelessness
By STEPHEN MARCHE
"A world stripped of faces is a world stripped, not merely of ethics, but of the biological and cultural foundations of ethics."

CIA Torture Whistleblower: US Government Lacks "the Guts" to Face Its Crimes
John Kiriakou's advice to future national security whistleblowers: 'Get a lawyer first.'

By Jon Queally

George Washington, Slave Catcher
By ERICA ARMSTRONG DUNBAR
"When he was 11 years old, Washington inherited 10 slaves from his father’s estate. He continued to acquire slaves — some through the death of family members and others through direct purchase."

Chomsky: Leaders Ignore Einstein-Russell Warning
By Sherwood Ross
"The warning by theoretical physicist Albert Einstein and philosopher Bertrand Russell against nuclear war issued 60 years ago is being ignored by the world's political leaders today at humanity's peril, MIT philosopher and Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky says."

Explosive New Snowden Doc: NSA/GCHQ Stole Vital Cell Phone Encryption Keys
New reporting by The Intercept, based on documents leaked by whistleblower, reveals how spy agencies hacked world's largest SIM card manufacturer

By Jon Queally

10 truly bizarre Tea Party bills: From nipples to militias to religious zealotry
The Montana Legislature is now controlled by some far-right loons. You won't believe what they're trying to pass

By ERIC STERN

“We’re facing a vicious cycle”: Robert Reich unloads on inequality, TPP & the real economic story
Former labor secretary tells Salon why new free-trade behemoth shanks workers -- and helps big corporations

By ELIAS ISQUITH
"As money moves upward, so does political power."

These Are the Questions Bill O'Reilly Won't Answer
Why won't the Fox News host address the evidence he mischaracterized his wartime reporting experience?

By David Corn

"His Own Man's" Man: Jeb Bush and the Return of Wolfowitz
By Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Roadblock to Sentencing Reform
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"But Mr. Grassley, for reasons that defy basic fairness and empirical data, has remained an opponent of almost any reduction of those sentences....Meanwhile, the persistent fantasy that locking up more people leads to less crime continues to be debunked."

Myth Vs. Fact: Breaking Down The Conflict In Gaza
By Mnar Muhawesh

Doomed by the South: Why the emerging Democratic majority may never happen
For years we've heard that Democrats will rise on a coalition of white liberals and non-whites. Here's the reality

By MICHAEL LIND
"My guess is that Mexican-Americans, a major Latino group, will vote more like Irish- and Italian-Americans than African-Americans.  Moreover, as in the case of European-American ethnics, the ethnicity of Mexican-Americans, outside of heavily immigrant enclaves, may become attenuated pretty quickly."

Deadly "Dissent": Hidden Hell Lurks in New Critique of Syria Policy
By Chris Floyd
"The new Obama initiative -- to essentially replace the fractured moderates now losing out to jihadis Syria by arming and training a new "moderate" army from scratch -- is, Ford rightly says, doomed from the start..."

How the CIA gets away with it: Our democracy is their real enemy
The inside, untold story of CIA's efforts to mislead Congress -- and the people -- about torture will horrify you

By Scott Horton
"Since it could not openly do battle with its congressional overseers, the agency turned to a series of tactics that it had honed over the difficult decades following the Church Committee inquiries of the mid-1970s. Throughout the subsequent decades, the CIA complained loudly about the burdens of oversight and accountability—while almost always getting its way."

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All of the past Bushspeak and Bushisms that we collected

Americans Favor Legalizing Pot and Criminalizing Congress
satire by Andy Borowitz

Republicans Unlearning Facts Learned in Third Grade to Compete in Primary
satire by Andy Borowitz

Scare Tactics
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Netanyahu’s Speech
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The Alamo
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Houses of Worship
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Real Americans
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Gay Marriage in Texas
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The first scientist
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Punditspew, ISIS edition
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If people treated their homes like they treat the earth
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They can't handle the truth!
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Does the Supreme Leader truly love our land mass?
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Shock and Awe II
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America the Rudyful
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Obama Says He Even Loves America’s Idiots
satire by Andy Borowitz

Forgotten Man Seeks Attention
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Bush Says He Will Harm Nation Differently from His Brother
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The President’s views on Islam
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Shopping
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Free Speech
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Campus Carry
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To Kill a Watchman
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Presidents' Day sales pitch
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If people treated their homes like they treat the earth
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See spot run
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Quick! What's your opinion?
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The unreliable narrator
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Je suis CHARLIE *
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The Long War of Foreverness
animation by Mark Fiore

U.S. Orders Alabama to Grow Up
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Republican Voters Responding to Walker’s Opposition to Knowledge
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Alabama Loses Yet Another Fight to Remain in Eighteenth Century
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Veteran Suicide
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Candy Hearts
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Dead in the Water
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Moore’s Law
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Off-Road Fun
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Brian Williams in 'American Liar'
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Love is in the news
cartoon by Brian McFadden

The screen
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Why are you unvaccinated?
cartoon by Matt Bors

Valentine's Day cards for 2015
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The arc of the moral universe ...
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Brian Williams and the Frog of War
animation by Mark Fiore

Zombie Jonas Salk Rises from Grave to Hunt Idiots
satire by Andy Borowitz

The Fact-Checked Adventures of Brian Williams
satire by Andy Borowitz

A Letter from Joni Ernst About Measles
satire by Andy Borowitz

Bush Campaign Hopes to Stoke Nostalgia for Nation’s Most Glorious Era
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama’s New Popularity Could Force Congressional Democrats to Admit to Knowing Him
satire by Andy Borowitz

Misremembering
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Open Carry
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Militant Islam
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Pseudoscience
cartoon by Nick Anderson

How to Avoid Killing and Maiming Children
animation by Mark Fiore

The Unicorn Whose Tears Were 1976 Ford Fiestas, and more Super-Fun-Pak Comix
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Everything's a reboot
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Mike Huckabee is right about gay marriage
cartoon by Matt Bors

Digital doctor deniers, or the 'webcam abortion' myth
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

The liberation of Biff
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Romney Incredibly Relieved That He Can Keep All His Houses
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama Signs Executive Order Closing Congress
satire by Andy Borowitz

Republican Candidates Descend on Iowa
satire by Andy Borowitz

Football Emergency
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Drilling
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Sarah Palin
cartoon by Nick Anderson

King Abdullah: Royal Pain
animation by Mark Fiore

Chagrin Falls: A patriotic debate
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Deflation nation
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Useful tips from Joni Ernst
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

The future of climate debate
cartoon by Matt Bors

Science stuff
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Occupied Territory
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Six Weeks’ Paid Leave Opposed By People With Thirty-Three Weeks’ Paid Leave
satire by Andy Borowitz

Joni Ernst Says She Used To Wear Bucket on Head for No Apparent Reason
satire by Andy Borowitz

Poll: Majority of Americans Now Believe That They Could Be Senators
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama to Address Extremist Group
satire by Andy Borowitz

Richest One Per Cent Disappointed to Possess Only Half of World’s Wealth
satire by Andy Borowitz

Netanyahu
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Deflategate
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Common Ground
cartoon by Nick Anderson

On Offense
cartoon by Nick Anderson

A look back at the Perry years
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The God-Man Fan Club take on … Clod-Man
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Mitt to the future
cartoon by Brian McFadden

In the minority
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Slaying attention
cartoon by Matt Bors

Charlie Hebd'overload
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Robama Hood
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

The Muhammad Minute
animation by Mark Fiore

Citing Security Concerns, Boehner to Do All Drinking at Work
satire by Andy Borowitz

Poll: Most Americans Now Consider Romney a Stalker
satire by Andy Borowitz

Panic Button
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Boko Haram
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Manned Spaceflight
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Leader of the Free World
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Charlie Hebdo - Love is stronger than hate
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Reasonable reactions to offensive cartoons
cartoon by Brian McFadden

A cycle of sadness
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Martyrs meet their maker
cartoon by Matt Bors

And then, the hot takes
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The Romeleon
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Whip Steve Scalise
animation by Mark Fiore


 

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