Dec. 13, 2013
Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.
Did House leaders embrace the budget deal before they ever saw it?
Sen. Jeff Sessions on budget deal: "this bill clearly and unequivocally undermines the ability of the Senate to maintain agreed-upon statutory spending limits… Perhaps the House didn't understand what the impact would be."
HHS Inspector General: The right man for the job
Sometimes the exact right person is in the exact right place at the exact right time. The current inspector general of Health and Human Services is exactly the right man to investigate the agency.
On selfies and Shackleton
Leadership can mean many things to many people, but its absence is obvious, as it was with President Barack Obama, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron snapping a "selfie" Tuesday like teenagers at a rock concert.
CNBC.com: U.S. energy boom helps grease manufacturing's spinning wheels
"The heavily chronicled shale boom that has propelled U.S. oil production to historical peaks also may be greasing the wheels of manufacturing, which suffered for years as production moved to cheaper havens overseas."