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- News Drumsticks, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Keep Pushing for an Iran Deal, By Roger Cohen
- Committed to Carbon Goals, By Joe Nocera
- Rock Bottom Economics
The Inflation and Rising Interest Rates That Never Showed Up
, By Paul Krugman
- Bigger Than Immigration, By Charles M. Blow
- Stampeding Black Elephants, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Uber’s Rough Ride, By Joe Nocera
- Immigration Enriches You and Me, By Nicholas Kristof
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- Tough Times for Penguins, By Gail Collins
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- Did Dubai Do It?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Putin Plays Hardball, By Joe Nocera
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- Partisanship Breaks the Government, By Charles M. Blow
- Who Are We?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 4, By Nicholas Kristof
- Net Neutrality Rules, By Joe Nocera
- Congress Extends Itself, Gail Collins
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- Death by Typo
The Latest Frivolous Attack on Obamacare
, By Paul Krugman
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- Big Money Wins Again in a Romp, By Joe Nocera
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- Always Look on the Bright Side
Finding Good News in the Election Results
, By Gail Collins
- The Bear Turns
Russia, pivoting to Asia, defines itself against the West
, By Roger Cohen
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- The Guantánamo Tapes, By Joe Nocera
- Apologizing to Japan, By Paul Krugman
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- The Ebola Hysteria, By Charles M. Blow
- An Old Man in Prague
The Discretion of Nicholas Winton
, By Roger Cohen
- SIS and Vietnam, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Are Our Courts for Sale?, By Joe Nocera
- Ideology and Investment, By Paul Krugman
- A Climate of Fear, By Roger Cohen
- The Last Train, By Thomas L. Friedman
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- Once Again, Guns, By Gail Collins
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- Active Fatalism, By Roger Cohen
- What Women Want
Women’s Issues Dominate 2014 Campaigns
, By Gail Collins
- How to Defeat Ebola, By Nicholas Kristof
- Putin and the Pope, By Thomas L. Friedman
- A World Without OPEC?, By Joe Nocera
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- Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K., By Paul Krugman
- An Affair to Remember, Differently, By Maureen Dowd
- Failures of Competence, By Joe Nocera
- What Markets Will, By Paul Krugman
- Asia’s American Angst By Roger Cohen
- A Pump War?, By Thomas L. Friedman
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- The Instruction of Pestilence
Ebola, Denial, Fear and Panic
, By Roger Cohen
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The Secret Service and the Political Class
, By Thomas L. Friedman
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- Here There Is No Why
For ISIS, Slaughter Is an End in Itself
, By Roger Cohen
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- Not for the Faint of Heart
Congressional Campaign Ads Are Scary
, By Gail Collins
- Paralysis Isn’t Inevitable
Income Inequality and N.R.A. Dominance May Not Last Forever
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, By Gail Collins
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- Up From Pain, By Charles M. Blow
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- Two Redheaded Strangers
Willie Nelson Feels Maureen Dowd’s Pain
, By Maureen Dowd
- Getting It Wrong
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, By Joe Nocera
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Mark Sanford Just Can’t Stop Sharing
, By Gail Collins
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The ISIS Campaign Is Off to a Shaky Start
, By Nicholas Kristof
- Take a Deep Breath
ISIS and the Arab World
, By Thomas L. Friedman
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Obama’s Strategy for Fighting ISIS Isn’t All About Us
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Throw the Bums Out
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, By Maureen Dowd
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- The Inflation Cult, By Paul Krugman
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- Critique From an Obama Fan, By Nicholas Kristof
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- Leading From Within, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Is It WWIII or Just Twitter?, By Maureen Dowd
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- The Deflation Caucus, By Paul Krugman
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, By Charles M. Blow
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, By Roger Cohen
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- When Whites Just Don’t Get It
After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less
, By Nicholas Kristof
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- Order vs. Disorder, Part 3, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Golf Address, By Maureen Dowd
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, By Gail Collins
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- Northern Exposure
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The Gaza War, and Israel’s Ethical Challenge,
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- Obama on the World
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, By Thomas L. Friedman
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, By Joe Nocera
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New articles added from the past week that discuss: A breakthrough in climate change and how the US-China agreement might save the planet, a long history of America's imperial legacy, what changes are needed to save the Democratic Party, and just who are the duel citizens serving in Congress and why we need to have this info, 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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All older articles that appeared in this section through December 31, 2012 can be found in our archives. Starting in 2013 we will no longer be archiving articles in this section.

How to save the Democratic Party: Path to nirvana requires total economic revamp
Dems may be content to win every other election cycle -- but here's a long-term plan that could change everything

By JIM NEWELL

A Major Breakthrough on Climate Change
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"The deal jointly announced in Beijing by President Obama and China’s president, Xi Jinping, to limit greenhouse gases well beyond their earlier pledges is both a major diplomatic breakthrough and — assuming both sides can carry out their promises — an enormously positive step in the uncertain battle against climate change."

America’s dark imperial legacy: It goes much deeper than George W. Bush
While our 43rd president rightly takes blame for his disastrous failed wars, there's much more blame to go around

By Robert W. McChesney
"No other country in the post–Second World War world has been so globally destructive or inflicted so many war fatalities."

Thomas Frank on Ronald Reagan’s secret tragedy: How ’70s and ’80s cynicism poisoned Democrats and America
Nixon's lies and Reagan's charms created the space for Clinton, Carter and Obama to redefine (and gut) liberalism

By Thomas Frank

Law in the Raw
By Linda Greenhouse
"Nearly a week has gone by since the Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to enlist in the latest effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, and the shock remains unabated."

Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state
Inside the high-level, complicated deals -- and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power

By Shane Harris

Why the US-China agreement might save the planet
Nathaniel Keohane of the Environmental Defense Fund explains what the countries’ pledges mean for the climate fight

By Jessica Mendoza, GlobalPost

Is Quantum Entanglement Real?
By DAVID KAISER
"The entangled particles could be separated across the galaxy, and somehow, according to quantum theory, measurements on one particle should affect the behavior of the far-off twin faster than light could have traveled between them."

Why It’s Important for Us to Know
Dual Citizens in Congress?

By L. MICHAEL HAGER

Edward O. Wilson Inveighs Against Organized Religion (BOOK REVIEW)
By Thomas Farrell

The Next Presidential Election Will Move The World Closer To War
By Paul Craig Roberts

How Many Islamic State Fighters Are There?
By Ray McGovern

The Last Days of Tomas Young
By Chris Hedges

Inequality, Unbelievably, Gets Worse,
By Steven Rattner

A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S.
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD

Fury: What is “realism”? What is an “anti-war” film?
By David Walsh

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst NightmareMeet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking
By Matt Taibb

Looting the Pension Funds
All across America, Wall Street is grabbing money meant for public workers

By Matt Taibbi

Corporate America’s oily trick: How big business uses “yellow-dog contracts” to crush basic rights
Your job contract or cellphone agreement could have secret language that ruins your life. Here's how it works

By DAVID SELIGMAN AND NICK CLARK

Job Growth, but No Raises
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

The GOP’s poisonous double-speak: Thomas Frank on how Republicans hijacked the midterms
Once again, Republicans used their patented brand of fake populism to make Democrats look like chumps

By THOMAS FRANK

You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy
It's been 70 years since we fought a war about freedom. Forced troop worship and compulsory patriotism must end

By DAVID MASCIOTRA

Democracy’s ugly misogyny: The dark reality of “free” elections in Afghanistan
Afghan women have been shut down, shut out and silenced by the very men the U.S. has asked them to vote for

By Ann Jones, TomDispatch.com

The Koch brothers’ underhanded attack on wind energy
The duo's anti-Obama spin on a bipartisan issue is beyond despicable

By Lindsay Abrams

Canada: Decoding Harper'?s Terror Game. Beneath the Masks and Diversions
By Prof. John McMurtry

Democracy on the critical list: How do we escape this toxic political cycle?
Will American politics ever break free from its "Groundhog Day" nightmare? Someday -- but it might not be pretty

By ANDREW O'HEHIR

Dark Money Helped Win the Senate
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD

How Many Soldiers Were Exposed to Chemical Weapons in Iraq?
By CAROL GIACOMO
"The Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the problem, track it adequately or offer proper treatment to those who may have been injured."

Our Nation is in Crisis
21st Century Populist Declaration of Independence

by AL KREBS

Health Care Reform Imperiled
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"Will five Supreme Court justices eliminate essential health care subsidies for more than four million lower-income Americans, based on a contorted reading of four words?"

IRS regularly seizes “suspicious” bank accounts without a criminal charge
By Tom Hall
"The legal procedure utilized in these seizures, 'civil asset forfeiture,' gives the government broad latitude to confiscate property on the mere suspicion of its involvement in facilitating a crime, in flagrant violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against 'unreasonable searches and seizures.'”

The Day Israel Attacked America
Al Jazeera investigates the shocking truth behind a deadly Israeli attack on a US naval vessel.

By Al Jazeera
"In 1967, at the height of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, the Israeli Air Force launched an unprovoked attack on the USS Liberty, a US Navy spy ship that was monitoring the conflict from the safety of international waters in the Mediterranean."

Cancel the Midterms
By DAVID SCHANZER and JAY SULLIVAN
"Ninety million sounds like a lot, but that means that less than 40 percent of the electorate will bother to vote, even though candidates, advocacy groups and shadowy 'super PACs' will have spent more than $1 billion to air more than two million ads to influence the election.

Will the Right's Fake History Prevail?
By Robert Parry, Consortium News
"If most polls are correct and voters elect a Republican-controlled Congress on Tuesday, a principal reason is that many Americans have been sold on a false recounting of the nation’s Founding Narrative. They have bought the Right’s made-up storyline about the Constitution’s Framers detesting a strong federal government and favoring states’ rights."

Let’s nominate Chris Hayes: Imagining the new activist, Democratic base
The president and his base are disconnected — for good reasons. Here's why, and a new agenda to save the party

By PAUL ROSENBERG

Elections 2014: Columnists and Contributors Weigh In
By THE NYT EDITORS

Where Obama went wrong: How failing to “seize the radical moment” explains his terrible week
As his presidency once again teeters on the brink, it's time to look seriously at how it became undone

By ELIAS ISQUITH

Diaspora is good for the Jews
It's been heresy to validate life outside Israel, but it's possible for Jews to be secure, successful as a minority

By ALAN WOLFE

GOP’s frightening plan to melt the planet: Koch $, burning fossil fuel, and junk science
"We need to embrace the energy revolution," Mitch McConnell declared this week. Here's what that really means

By MARCY WHEELER

The Truth About the Wars
By DANIEL P. BOLGER
"The surge in Iraq did not 'win' anything. It bought time. It allowed us to kill some more bad guys and feel better about ourselves."

In Cuba, Misadventures in Regime Change
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD

America’s George W. Bush disorder: Why our new Iraq war is doomed to fail
Four months into our latest humanitarian mission, it's fair to ask: What could possibly go right?

By PETER VAN BUREN, TOMDISPATCH.COM

Why right-wing Christians believe Republican lies
The midterms were as much a referendum on Obama as they were the byproduct of GOP's successful fear-mongering

By FRANK SCHAEFFER

China, America and Our Warming Planet
John Kerry: Our Historic Agreement With China on Climate Change

By JOHN KERRY

The right’s gross ACA fight: Rooting for healthcare chaos to benefit GOP
Conservatives like Michael Barone salivate over the political benefit to ripping away Americans' health coverage

By SIMON MALOY

The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD

America’s post-midterm inferno: Tea Party garbage, media nonsense and economic hell
Our notion of American exceptionalism and superpower status is blinding us to reality. Here's what we need to admit

By ROBERT HENNELLY

Here we go again: The media starts pushing the “moderate GOP” myth
The Times thinks the GOP civil war is over and the establishment has won. Here's why that's total nonsense

By Elias Isquith
"Simply put, the establishment and McConnell didn’t bother themselves with the question of moderates versus radicals. They just tried to make sure no GOPer would pull a Todd Akin, and that all the party’s candidates would at least look and sound like they knew what they were doing."

How the Berlin Wall Really Fell
By MARY ELISE SAROTTE

Obama should welcome impeachment: Take bold action on climate, immigration and force the right to overreach
Learn the lesson: The GOP won't work with you. Instead of bad compromises, enact a populist agenda and fight for it

By Paul Rosenberg
"Because the truth is, there’s really no alternative, no deal to be struck with the GOP, beyond stage-managing the details of his own political annihilation."

Noam Chomsky on Russia: “The worst-case scenario, of course, would be a nuclear war”
The cognitive scientist and political activist spoke to RT about many global issues VIDEO

By SARAH GRAY

America’s apocalypse complex: Why we’re so easily terrified by Ebola and ISIS
Fed a steady diet of hysteria from our media outlets, we've made "escalation" our national cri de coeur

By TOM ENGELHARDT, TOMDISPATCH.COM

We have been stupefied: How Republicans subvert democracy, and the Democrats’ sorry dereliction
As the Republicans take the Senate, these four reasons explain why the republic is in serious, serious trouble

By JIM SLEEPER
"These immense imbalances of power are submerging the elections, delegitimizing the liberal capitalist republic that promised to give security, speech, investment and marketing deeply different meanings and consequences than the ones they’ve acquired."

GOP’s noxious, misguided edge: Why Dems need a coherent economic plan
It may be bad, but Republicans have an economic strategy. Democrats can't say the same -- and are paying the price

By MICHAEL LIND

“Ride this popular charisma!”: Luke Russert & co.’s bizarre coverage of Joni Ernst
There was a huge political story about GOP extremists taking over the party this cycle. Instead, we were told this

By HEATHER DIGBY PARTON
Ed note: Ernst didn't just castrate young pigs on the family farm. She also shoveled their crap down enough Iowan throats to win the election. Now Iowans will be emabarrassed by their own Michelle Bachman."

Why America’s about to hit rock-bottom in the fight against global warming
The GOP controls Congress, and a climate denier holds the Senate's top environmental gig. Could it get any worse?

By LINDSAY ABRAMS

“It’s about forgetting the past”: Eric Lichtblau exposes how the CIA protected ex-Nazis
The New York Times reporter tells Salon about his new book on one of the U.S.'s greatest moral failures

By ELIAS ISQUITH

The midterm massacre probably means nothing for 2016
Republicans' landslide victory Tuesday was jarring, but don't start punching their ticket for the White House yet

By DAVID SIROTA
"In fact, the 2014 election results appear to say more about who did not vote than who did: Younger voters and minority communities stayed home in large numbers, as is typical during a midterm election."

Scott Walker 2016? Bring it on: Why cheerleading media has it all wrong
The charisma-free, scandal-dogged divider is being touted as a GOP savior. Here’s why his national hopes are doomed

By JOAN WALSH

My American exceptionalism fantasy is over: How these midterms sealed the deal
When I lived abroad, I’d proudly defend this country and extol its virtues. Here’s what changed my entire worldview

By ANDREW COTTO

The Big Sleep
By Timothy Egan
"Maybe it’s best to close your eyes and fall into a Rip Van Winkle slumber for the next two years. The party that has refused to govern for half a decade and ran a substance-free campaign will now play at governing and not take up anything of substance."

Mitch is on borrowed time: Early look at ’16 Senate map shows great chance for Dems
The 2016 battleground map looks excellent for Democrats -- but they shouldn't take anything for granted

By JIM NEWELL

In Egypt, Business as Usual
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
"The Obama administration’s Egypt policy — to the extent that one can be discerned — has been characterized by a combination of mixed messages, wishful thinking and a willful disregard of inconvenient truths."

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst NightmareMeet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking
By Matt Taibbi

EXCLUSIVE: Jon Stewart’s Salon interview: Humanizing torturers, our dysfunctional politics, and why we view our political enemies as X-Men
"Daily Show" host tells Salon about Islam, nuance, his new film, and seeing Iranian kids impersonate his TV persona

By ANDREW O'HEHIR

Will GOP Senate Hand Over Fast Track Authority on Trade? Not So Fast.
The TPP may be 'a delivery mechanism for a lot of the things McConnell and the Republicans like,' but that doesn't guarantee approval

By Deirdre Fulton

Robert Reich: Americans are convinced the game is rigged
The former secretary of labor explains why the economic recovery is misleading -- and how we can affect real change

By ROBERT REICH, ROBERTREICH.ORG

Fury: What is “realism”? What is an “anti-war” film?
By David Walsh

Making the President Small
By Thomas B. Edsall
"Democrats counting on favorable demographic trends to carry their party to victory in 2016 should consider three significant developments reflected in the outcome of Tuesday’s elections."

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Links to Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World cartoons

Links to Mark Fiore animations and other funny animations.

All of the past Bushspeak and Bushisms that we collected

Republicans Accuse Obama of Treating Immigrants Like Humans
satire by Andy Borowitz

G.O.P. Unveils Immigration Plan: “We Must Make America Somewhere No One Wants to Live”
satire by Andy Borowitz

The Cosby Show
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Executive Orders
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Temple Mount
cartoon by Nick Anderson

NFL
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The adventures of Bob
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

The adventures of Lame-Duck Man
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Life in the billionaire bubble
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Ku Klux Klan rebrands
cartoon by Matt Bors

What's the big deal?
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Stupidheads
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Sustainable Keystone XL
animation by Mark Fiore

Republicans Demand Return of Passive Obama
satire by Andy Borowitz

McConnell’s Election as Majority Leader Announced With Puff of Toxic Black Coal Smoke
satire by Andy Borowitz

Nation of Three Hundred Million Understands President Can Only Come From Two Families
satire by Andy Borowitz

Country on Wrong Track, Say People Who Did Not Vote
satire by Andy Borowitz

Projectile Vomiting
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Regressives
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Pet Neutrality
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Veterans Day
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Screw You Strategy
animation by Mark Fiore

Who's looking out for Lucky Ducky?
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Mitch McConnell's Senate agenda
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Low-information nation: Midterm elections edition
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Net Neutrality is... Obamacare?
cartoon by Matt Bors

Midterm mayhem
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The people* have spoken!
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

San Diego Hosts Convention of People Who Shot Bin Laden
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama Orders Two-Year Supply of Crossword Puzzles
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama Urged to Work Closely with People Suing Him
satire by Andy Borowitz

Fox News Ends Ebola Coverage: “Our Work Is Done”
satire by Andy Borowitz

In Final Indignity, Fence Jumpers Abandon White House
satire by Andy Borowitz

Exit Polls Indicate Nation Suffering from Severe Memory Loss
satire by Andy Borowitz

Congressional Seats Sell for Record Four Billion Dollars
satire by Andy Borowitz

McConnell Campaign Rocked by Photo Showing Him with Science Book
satire by Andy Borowitz

Grumpy Voters
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Bloodbath
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Midterm Elections
cartoon by Nick Anderson

A cartoonist’s take on the midterm elections
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Voter Apathy
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Last Campaign Ad Ever
animation by Mark Fiore

Obama's new Ebola czar!
cartoon by Mike Thompson

Obama at the Republicans' mercy
President Obama is in for a rough ride.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Christie & Cuomo's guide to Ebola
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Bedside manners
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Desperation nation
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Street harassment—find your match today!
cartoon by Matt Bors

Risk assessment
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Poli Sci
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Kochs Approve Plan to Fire Cash from Cannon at Voters
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama Urged to Apologize for Anti-Fear Remark
satire by Andy Borowitz

Midterms Prediction: Billionaires to Retain Control of Government
satire by Andy Borowitz

Christie Sworn in as Doctor
satire by Andy Borowitz

Study: Fear of Ebola Highest Among People Who Did Not Pay Attention During Math and Science Classes
satire by Andy Borowitz

Contagion
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Plague of Locusts
cartoon by Nick Anderson

What’s Wrong With This Picture?
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Climate Change Science
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Quarantine
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Gamergate Wants You!
animation by Mark Fiore

Ernest Hemingway's new typewriter
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Monsters of the midterms
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Trust goes bust
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Gamergate Contagion Spreads
cartoon by Matt Bors

Other dangerous epidemics
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Spooking the vote
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Money makes the (political) world go 'round
Money has corrupted the political process.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Poll: Majority of Americans Favor Quarantining Wolf Blitzer
satire by Andy Borowitz

U.N.C. Boosters Outraged That Some Athletes Took Real Classes
satire by Andy Borowitz

New Texas Law Would Require Candidates for Governor to Show Proof of I.Q.
satire by Andy Borowitz

Degrade and Destroy
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Lone Wolf
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Hollywood Culture
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Weapon of Mass Delusion
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Ebola Concerns
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Ebola Buddy
animation by Mark Fiore

Did you know fun facts about Boston?
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Robo-Surgeon-General
cartoon by Brian McFadden

The Globola crisis
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Breast cancer awareness czar
cartoon by Matt Bors

The house of feeeaaaarrrr
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Different strokes for different folks
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Obama's new Ebola czar!
Maybe Obama's critics should make up their minds.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

The UN criticizes Detroit’s water shut-offs
cartoon by Mike Thompson

Should you worry about Ebola?
cartoon by Mike Thompson

Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science
satire by Andy Borowitz

CNN Defends New Slogan
satire by Andy Borowitz

Sermon Subpoenas
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Wheelchair
cartoon by Nick Anderson

CDC Protocols
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Contagion
cartoon by Nick Anderson

2014 Nobel Peace Prize
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Voter Fraud Vigilantes
animation by Mark Fiore

What if our leaders vanished for weeks?
cartoon by Mike Thompson

Obama's new Ebola czar!Obama's critics need to make up their minds.
cartoon by Mike Thompson

In defense of the 'R' word
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

The bizarro Nobel prizes
cartoon by Brian McFadden

America of the future
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

No boots about it
cartoon by Matt Bors

The counter-intuitivist
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

We are what we drink
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

 

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