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Featured Weekly NYT Columnists

- Ending Greece’s Nightmare, By Paul Krugman
- Library Visit, Then Held at Gunpoint
Charles Blow: At Yale, the Police Detained My Son
, By Charles M. Blow
- Running for Daylight (Obama, Not Brady), By Maureen Dowd
- Where’s the Empathy?, By Nicholas Kristof
- And Now: Air Republicans, By Gail Collins
- Don’t Blame Nafta, By Joe Nocera
- Much Too Responsible, By Paul Krugman
- Inequality in the Air We Breathe?, By Charles M. Blow
- Reagan, Obama and Inequality, By Nicholas Kristof
- Where the Road Meets the Walrus, By Gail Collins
- Say It Like It Is, By Thomas L. Friedman
- A Detainee’s Diary, By Joe Nocera
- Hating Good Government, By Paul Krugman
- How Expensive It Is to Be Poor, By Charles M. Blow
- Not Just A Movie. By Maureen Dowd
- Smart Guns Save Lives. So Where Are They?, By Nicholas Kristof
- The Keystone XL Illusion, By Joe Nocera
- Texas Is Sending You a Present, By Gail Collins
- Francs, Fear and Folly, By Paul Krugman
- Dropouts and Politics and Cats, By Gail Collins
- An Islamic Reformer, Lashed, By Nicholas Kristof
- The Complexity of Deadly Force, By Charles M. Blow
- We Need Another Giant Protest, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Playing College Moneyball, By Joe Nocera
- For the Love of Carbon, By Paul Krugman
- Tamir Rice and the Value of Life, By Charles M. Blow
- The Battle to Belong
Depression and an Immigrant’s Struggle to Assimilate
, By Roger Cohen
- The Deano Chronicles, Continued By Maureen Dowd
- Race, the Police and the Propaganda, By Nicholas Kristof
- The Battle to Belong
Depression and an Immigrant’s Struggle to Assimilate
, By Roger Cohen
- On Duty for the Chris Christie Hug Watch, By Gail Collins
- Riddle of the Pyramids: What Is Herbalife?, By Joe Nocera
- 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
- Presidents and the Economy, By Paul Krugman
- Privilege of ‘Arrest Without Incident’, By Charles M. Blow
- Hillary Versus History, By Gail Collins
- A Time for Traitors, By Roger Cohen
- Twin Peaks Planet, By Paul Krugman
- Look Back to Move Forward, By Charles M. Blow
- The First Pop Quiz of 2015, By GAIL COLLINS
- Gaza Is Nowhere, By Roger Cohen
- Four Questions for 2015, By Joe Nocera
- The Obama Recovery, By Paul Krugman
- When Readers Do Get It, By Nicholas Kristof
- Silicon Valley’s Mirror Effect, By Joe Nocera
- The Virtue of Redeeming Vice, By Roger Cohen
- Tidings of Comfort, By Paul Krugman
- Scrooges of the World, Begone!, By Nicholas Kristof
- 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
- Pursuing Justice for All, By Charles M. Blow
- What Will Israel Become?, By Roger Cohen
- Who’s Playing Marbles Now?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Gift of Education, By Nicholas Kristof
- The Cuomo Cop-Out, By Joe Nocera
- Putin’s Bubble Bursts, By Paul Krugman
- The Obamas, Race and Slights, By Charles M. Blow
- Welcome Back, Cuba!, By Nicholas Kristof
- This Israeli Election Matters, By Thomas L. Friedman
- When Football Gets the Ax, By Joe Nocera
- America, Who Are We?, By Charles M. Blow
- Wall Street’s Revenge
Dodd-Frank Damaged in the Budget Bill
, By Paul Krugman
- Trying to Reinvent Italy, By Roger Cohen
- A Shooter, His Victim and Race, By Nicholas Kristof
- Why 2014 Is a Big Deal, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Way Back to Iran, By Roger Cohen
- Prosecuting Insider Trading, By Joe Nocera
- Dinner Party Political Primer, By Gail Collins
- Mad as Hellas, By Paul Krugman
- What if Whites Were the Minority?, By Nicholas Kristof
- This Is Your Moment, By Charles M. Blow
- It’s Cruel. It’s Useless. It’s the C.I.A., By Gail Collins
- We’re Always Still Americans, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The New Republic’s Rebellion, By Joe Nocera
- A New Age of Activism
From Eric Garner and Michael Brown to the Ballot Box
, By Charles M. Blow
- Recovery at Last?, By Paul Krugman
- Annus Mirabilis 2014, By Roger Cohen
- Gifts That Inspire, By Nicholas Kristo
- How ISIS Drives Muslims From Islam, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Woes of Working Women, By Gail Collins
- über vs. Uber, By Joe Nocera
- Democrats Against Reform, By Paul Krugman
- The Consolations of Italy, By Roger Cohen
- Of Taxes, Pigs and Congress, By Gail Collins
- Abusing Chickens We Eat, By Nicholas Kristof
- The Perfect-Victim Pitfall
Michael Brown, and Now Eric Garner
, By Charles M. Blow
- The Gift That Keeps Giving, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The N.C.A.A.’s Big Bluff, By Joe Nocera
- Being Bad Europeans, By Paul Krugman
- From Oops to Whoops
The Long Road From American to English
, By Roger Cohen
- Crime and Punishment, By Charles M. Blow
- When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 5, By Nicholas Kristof
- Doing Some Heavy Lifting. By Gail Collins
- Nicotine Without Death, By Joe Nocera
- Pollution and Politics, By Paul Krugman
- Get Real, Boris Johnson!,By Roger Cohen
- Counting Benghazi Blessings, By Gail Collins
- Fury After Ferguson, By Charles M. Blow
- Bill Cosby, U.V.A. and Rape, By Nicholas Kristof
- 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
- Suffer Little Children, By Paul Krugman
- Tough Times for Penguins, By Gail Collins
- The Solid South Will Rise Again, By Charles M. Blow
- Two Ideas of Israel-Palestine, By Roger Cohen
- Did Dubai Do It?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Putin Plays Hardball, By Joe Nocera
- When Government Succeeds, By Paul Krugman
- 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
- China, Coal, Climate, Paul Krugman
- Politicians, Teens and Birth Control, By Nicholas Kristof
- The Lame-Duck Dynasty, By Gail Collins
- Mere Human Behavior, By Roger Cohen
- Race, to the Finish, By Charles M. Blow
- Freud and the Middle East, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Obama Opposition, By Charles M. Blow
- The Iran-Ukraine Affair, By Roger Cohen
- Death by Typo
The Latest Frivolous Attack on Obamacare
, By Paul Krugman
- Makers and Breakers, By Thomas L. Friedman
- A Changed China Awaits Mr. Obama, By Nicholas Kristof
- Big Money Wins Again in a Romp, By Joe Nocera
- Republicans ♥ Pipeline, By Gail Collins
- Triumph of the Wrong, By Paul Krugman
- America’s Broken Politics, By Nicholas Kristof
- 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
- Looking Back, Looking Forward, By Charles M. Blow
- Recent Elections Missed the Biggest Challenge of All, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Guns and Public Health, By Joe Nocera
- Business vs. Economics, By Paul Krugman
- Blacks, Obama and the Election, By Charles M. Blow
- Teenagers Stand Up to Backpage, By Nicholas Kristof
- Flying Blind in Iraq and Syria, By Thomas L. Friedman
- A Cup of G.I. Joe, By Maureen Dowd
- Election Day Pop Quiz, By GAIL COLLINS
- The Guantánamo Tapes, By Joe Nocera
- Apologizing to Japan, By Paul Krugman
- A Political Crystal Ball, By Gail Collins
- 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
- The American Dream Is Leaving America, By Nicholas Kristof
- Carl Icahn’s Bad Advice, By Joe Nocera
- Once Again, Guns, By Gail Collins
- Plutocrats Against Democracy, By Paul Krugman
- 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
- China Versus America, By Roger Cohen
- 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
- Amazon Plays Rough. So What?, By Joe Nocera
- The Instruction of Pestilence
Ebola, Denial, Fear and Panic
, By Roger Cohen
- Revenge of the Unforgiven. By Paul Krugman

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New articles added from the past week that discuss: Why the GOP is looking for a USSC decision on gay marriage that will make this issue go away fpr them, all the reasons the movie American Sniper fails, dissecting Obama's State of the Union address, what the recent election in Greece means for austerity and the EU, the sham CIA investigation of their snooping on Senate emails, the GOP's problem with immigration and why it isn't getting any better, 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.

Why the GOP’s war on Social Security hurts basically everyone but rich white guys
Republicans in Congress are wasting no time trying to dismantle the safety net. Here's what's at stake


Let’s Address the State of Food
By Mark Bittman
"The state of the union, food-wise, is not good. The best evidence is that more than 46.5 million Americans are receiving SNAP benefits — formerly food stamps — a number that has not changed much since 2013, when it reached its highest level ever."

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy
By Stephen M. Walt
Ed note: older but important article that's still relevant today

'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize
By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
"Sniper is a movie whose politics are so ludicrous and idiotic that under normal circumstances it would be beneath criticism. The only thing that forces us to take it seriously is the extraordinary fact that an almost exactly similar worldview consumed the walnut-sized mind of the president who got us into the war in question."

Why wealthy Americans’ delusions about the poor are so dangerous
Regressive state and local tax policies don’t just harm the working class -- they can ruin entire economies

By David Sirota
"Middle- and low-income Americans are facing far higher state and local tax rates than the wealthy."

7 heinous lies “American Sniper” is telling America
The Clint Eastwood film suggests Chris Kyle was haunted by his actions in Iraq. The truth is more unsettling


Noam Chomsky Slams West's Charlie Hebdo Outrage: 'Many Journalists Were Killed by Israel in Gaza Too'
Chomsky claims that "terrorist" attacks perpetrated by the West did not spark outrage such as the Hebdo attack.

By Noam Chomsky / Noam Chomsky's Official Site

CIA Chief Exonerates Himself With Sham Investigation
By Dan Froomkin, The Intercept

A party in shambles: Republicans grasp for solution to their own immigration mess
After picking a losing fight over immigration, Republicans weigh their options going forward -- and all are bad


Genocides, Not Wars
"There used to be great pathos in all this, and also, great unpronounced rule: you want to murder, rape and steal, then be prepared to spill your own blood and brains!"

13 of the 15 hottest years have happened since 2000 — What are the odds of that happening without global warming?
Spoiler: Very, very, very, very, very slim


Playing Politics on Iran
"But in a breach of sense and diplomacy, House Speaker John Boehner and Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, have taken it upon themselves to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to Congress to challenge President Obama’s approach to achieving a nuclear agreement with Iran."

Off the Hook?
The Supreme Court Won’t End the Gay Marriage Debate for Republicans

By Linda Greenhouse
"You have to admire the chutzpah of party operatives whose national platform calls for limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples, and for whom denouncing 'judicial activism' is usually as natural as saluting the flag, lining up right behind the justices who they hope will relieve them of the pesky problem of choosing sides in a fast-fading culture war."

The Growing Shadow of Political Money
"The record total of $6.3 billion spent on the presidential and congressional elections of 2012 is only the starting point."

At the State of the Union, a President Outgunned in Congress Is Still Combative

Can Capitalists Save Capitalism?
By Thomas B. Edsall
"Developed nations 'need new social and political institutions to make 21st century capitalism work for the many and not the few,'"

The State of the Union and the Minimum Wage

When Calculus of Loss Doesn’t Add Up
"IF you start from the premise that every human life is of equal importance, then the judgments of news organizations will often be confounding."

Applauding Israel’s Transgressions
"Evidently, unless it involves scraggy young men with weird, unpronounceable Middle Eastern names, wearing Keffiyehs, wielding shabby Kalashnikovs and storming the streets of a western city then it’s not terrorism, and in the case of the latest Israel airstrike in the Syrian Golan heights; it was just a military operation, clean and surgical, according to the BBC at least; not forgetting of course to tail the news with the little tidbit that this is not the first time Israel has conducted air strikes inside Syria, to 'prevent the transfer of stockpiles of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah'”.

Robert Reich: Republicans have nothing to offer the middle class
The former secretary of labor explains why Jeb Bush's and Mitt Romney's campaigns are doomed from the get-go


The strategy behind Israel's attack on Iran and Hizballah
Israel's claims of an imminent threat of Hizballah attack are not credible. More likely it wants to subdue the Lebanese militia so that it has a free hand to manipulate the Syrian battlefield to its advantage

By Jonathan Cook

Leak Trial Shows CIA Zeal to Hide Incompetence
By Norman Solomon
"Six days of testimony at the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling have proven the agency's obsession with proclaiming its competence."

Obama's Ambitious State of the Union Address Rejects Lame-Duck Status
By John Nichols

Bye-bye, Reagan conservatism: Why Obama’s speech was more significant than it seems
The president's State of the Union pushed back on '80s conservatism and '90s neoliberalism -- offering this instead


Washington's Walking Dead
By Tom Engelhardt
"When it comes to the national security state, our capital has become a thought-free zone."

Trojan Hearse: Greek Elections and the Euro Leper Colony
By Greg Palast
"Europe is stunned, and bankers aghast, that polls show the new party of the Left, Syriza, will win Greece's parliamentary elections to be held this coming Sunday, January 25...Syriza wants to rid Greece of the cruelty of austerity imposed by the European Central Bank but insists on staying in the euro zone."

Why I Won’t Serve Israel
"Rarely do more than a few hundred Jewish Israelis publicly refuse to serve each year in protest against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. The shrill condemnation of refusers is thus an indication of the establishment’s panic."

It’s not just Fox News: How liberal apologists torpedoed change, helped make the Democrats safe for Wall Street
Center-left pundits have carried water for the president for six years. Their predictable excuses all ring hollow

By Thomas Frank

Don’t Look to States for New Ideas
"The problem is, just when we need their innovative energies, the states are looking less and less likely to be fountainheads of new federal policy over the next generation."

Angry right’s secret playbook: How it uses a good story to peddle an agenda America hates
I'm a former right-winger and I know the playbook. Here's why liberals have to learn to talk big — and play dirty

"In an ideological battle, the tendency toward inclusion and reflection can become a handicap. As a side effect of all this soul-searching, the left becomes ineffectual at fighting even the worst excesses on the right."

Why is the financial industry so afraid of this man?
Joseph Stiglitz has won a Nobel Prize for economics. So why has he apparently been blacklisted by regulators?

"The fight to keep Stiglitz off the panel is indicative of a much deeper problem — how the financial industry manipulates the regulatory system."

“There are indeed consequences”: The case against Gen. David Petraeus
The Espionage Act is a bad law -- but here's why the former CIA director needs to be prosecuted for violating it

"But the fact that the target of the recommended leak charges is Petraeus bears particular significance for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the three most recent directors of the CIA — Leon E. Panetta, Petraeus and John O. Brennan — have all leaked classified information casually, regularly and with impunity."

“Has America gone crazy?”
It's a question that dogs me wherever I travel abroad -- and one for which I increasingly have no easy answer


Mitt’s “human being” experiment: Romney’s highly calculated strategy to show authenticity
On the third go-round, Mitt Romney wants America to see his true, natural self. This should be good ...

By Jim Newell

Civil Rights Leader Calls Israeli Apartheid of Palestinians More Violent than South African Treatment of Blacks
By Ann Wright
"In the face of overwhelming violence, Dr. Boesak commented that it is human nature that a violent response by some is inevitable, but that it is incredible that the response of the majority of Palestinians is non-violent."

Hollywood’s political deafness: What Cosby, “Selma” & Hebdo reveal about white liberal consciousness
The causes celebrities feel comfortable backing -- and those they do not -- speaks volumes. And it's not pretty

By Brittney Cooper
"Attacks on largely white victims received a huge and committed show of solidarity, while the Black Lives Matter Movement that has consumed our news cycle for the last four months was apparently not even worthy of mention."

France arrests comedian for Facebook comments, showing the sham of the West's "Free Speech" Celebration
By Glenn Greenwald
"Since that glorious 'free speech' march, France has reportedly opened 54 criminal cases for "condoning terrorism." AP reported this morning that 'France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism.'

Why Drugs Cost So Much
"Companies are taking advantage of a mix of laws that force insurers to include essentially all expensive drugs in their policies, and a philosophy that demands that every new health care product be available to everyone, no matter how little it helps or how much it costs. Anything else and we’re talking death panels."

Wrong Responses to Charlie Hebdo
"Regrettably, some politicians are proposing the kind of Internet censorship and surveillance that would do little to protect their citizens but do a lot to infringe on civil liberties."

Now they’re sliming Elizabeth Warren: Fox News tactics and the surprising water carriers for the 1 percent
It's not only the right telling lies about Warren and Social Security. The icky new attackers might surprise you

By Paul Rosenberg

Your Free Speech, and Mine
By Timothy Egan
"Sex is at the root of most free speech fights. Whatever it is that incites lust, it also incites the censorious. Religion is not far behind. You could argue that the two are twined, and it would be hard to rebut."

Obama ditches the centrists: How a break from neoliberalism boosted his popularity
The president's more popular than he's been in nearly two years. Here's why that should have neoliberals scared

By Elias Isquith

The Other Pipeline You Should Worry About
It’s Not Just Keystone XL, It’s Also Line 61

"WHILE the ire of environmental activists remains fixed on the Keystone XL pipeline, a potentially greater threat looms in the proposed expansion of Line 61, a pipeline running the length of Wisconsin carrying tar sands crude."

Why religion unleashes humanity’s most violent impulses
Terrorism can't be blamed on religion alone, but murder and brutality are elemental to almost every major faith

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet
"With the possible exception of Buddhism, the world’s most powerful religions give wildly contradictory messages about violence."

Meet the Democrat trying to torpedo diplomacy with Iran
As the Obama administration tries to secure a nuclear deal, its biggest adversary isn't a Republican

[Ed note: only need to see how much money/support/pressure Mendendez gets from AIPAC to understand why he would take this position against the White house.]

“Ignorance is reigning supreme”: Rula Jebreal on Charlie Hebdo, Bill Maher & our inane foreign policy
Foreign policy analyst tells Salon why only cooperating with Muslim communities will thwart extremism and hate


America Is Open for Business in Iraq
(Psst... Wanna Buy an M1 Tank?)

By Peter Van Buren
"At the moment, Iraq War 3.0 simply drones on, part bombing campaign, part mission to train the collapsed army the U.S. military created for Iraq War 2.0, all amid a miasma of incoherent mainstream media coverage."  

5 times the right flipped out over blasphemous depictions of Christianity
Conservatives love to crow about free speech, but their tune changes when their religion is the butt of the jokes


Neocons: The "Anti-Realists"
By Robert Parry
"However, in modern times, foreign policy "realism" slid into an association with a cold calculation of power, no longer a defense of the Republic and broader national interests but of narrow, well-connected economic interests."

How well can information be stored from the beginning to the end of time?
By Lisa Zyga
"The physicists' main result is that, the faster the universe expands, the less well the information can be preserved."

Social Security Disability Insurance: A Primer for Rand Paul (and Everyone Else)
By Rebecca Vallas, TalkPoverty.org

This is how elites protect each other: Today’s worst in Beltway hypocrisy
The notion of "equal justice under the law" just got trampled upon in Washington. Inside a stunning double standard

"It seems Feinstein doesn’t like when punishment she — and Petraeus himself – enthusiastically endorse gets applied to her close associates."

Here’s how we defeat the vulgarians: Bill Maher, wrong-headed neocons, and the real answer to “radical Islam”
We need an honest response to Charlie Hebdo. Start by remembering how 9/11 felt before Bush hijacked it for war

"The exceptional aspect of the week since Charlie Hebdo and a Parisian market were invaded by radical Islamists is how intelligently so many of us have responded."

It’s time for a revolution: Bankrupt policies, historic losses call for new generation of leaders
It's always "Groundhog Day" for Democratic leaders who can't adjust, can't organize and can't win. Let's dump them

"I’ve argued that progressive political movements died at the hands of their leaders; that their death is what caused the political collapse we errantly term “partisan gridlock”; that progressives need a timeout from electoral politics; and that both Democrats and progressives are best served by a return to a more arms-length relationship."

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.

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

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

cartoon by Nick Anderson

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

Republicans Expose Obama’s College Plan as Plot to Make People Smarter
satire by Andy Borowitz

Day-Old Congress Most Hated Ever
satire by Andy Borowitz

Unskilled Workers Report for New Jobs
satire by Andy Borowitz

Enemies of Islam
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Charlie Hebdo
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Ready to Govern
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cable news, 1860
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Trending topics for 2015
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Freedom vs. freedom
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Lucky strike
cartoon by Matt Bors

Protect and serve
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The evil scheme ...
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Je suis Charlie
animation by Mark Fiore

Jeb Bush Resigns as George W. Bush’s Brother
satire by Andy Borowitz

House Majority Whip Calls for Clearer Labelling of White Supremacists
satire by Andy Borowitz

A Texas New Year
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Hollywood Hacks
cartoon by Nick Anderson

cartoon by Nick Anderson

2014 – The Year in Cartoons
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Year in Crazy: 2014
animation by Mark Fiore

Oregon woman gives birth to Hindu baby
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

New Year's Resolutions
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Quiz time: Back-turning NYPD edition
by Jen Sorensen

Hands up, don't drone!
cartoon by Matt Bors

Year in review: part two
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Respect for the law
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

The Interview
cartoon by Nick Anderson

cartoon by Nick Anderson

KIMDb, Kim Jong-un's movie page
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Also not playing this week
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Cartoon flashback: "We do not torture"
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Torture is... good?
cartoon by Matt Bors

Year in review, part one
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Dear Leader 2
animation by Mark Fiore

Rubio Vows to Block Twenty-first Century
satire by Andy Borowitz

Warren’s Display of Backbone Threatens Career as Democrat
satire by Andy Borowitz

Cheney to Lead Torture-Pride March
satire by Andy Borowitz

A Sony Christmas
cartoon by Nick Anderson

cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Falling Ruble
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Hostage Situation
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Big Banks
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Citigroup Democracy
animation by Mark Fiore

The justice system works!
cartoon by Matt Bors

The top secret files of Dick Cheney
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Gift guide for torture apologists
cartoon by Brian McFadden

When is torture torture? A thought experiment
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Tortured logic
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

A few renovations....
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Citigroup Democracy
animation by Mark Fiore

Citigroup to Move Headquarters to U.S. Capitol Building
satire by Andy Borowitz

Cruz: Stop Blaming Bush for Things He Did
satire by Andy Borowitz

Cheney Calls for International Ban on Torture Reports
satire by Andy Borowitz

Fox: Obama Seeks Advice on Establishing Monarchy
satire by Andy Borowitz

Republicans Question Obama’s Motives for Fixing Economy
satire by Andy Borowitz

cartoon by Nick Anderson

Big 12
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Body Cams
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cheney’s Torture Anthem
animation by Mark Fiore

The Plio Diet!!
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Good cop, bad cop
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Bias for breakfast: Exclusive dining in the Ivy League
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

White people problems
cartoon by Matt Bors

Lessons learned
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Sullying our image.....
cartoon by Matt Wuerker


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