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The Race to Rock Bottom

Tom Toles notes the government's misguided mission when it comes to politics and the national debt.

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 11:40am

Is Perry the Answer to the GOP's Prayer for a Better 2012 Candidate?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not doing anything to dispel rumors that he's weighing a presidential bid by inviting the country's 49 other governors to a massive prayer event, saying "there is hope for America...

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 11:40am

Today's e-Reads: Hackers Hit Sony Again; Google, China Spar Over Cyberattacks

Would Sprint be the biggest winner if the AT&T/T-Mobile merger goes through?

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 11:40am

Airport Body Scans to Get Less Personal

The TSA expects to mask full-body images on about half its 500 passenger screening machines by the end of the year and upgrade the rest shortly thereafter, the agency's top official said told House lawmakers on Thursday.

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 10:40am

Peter Diamond Withdraws Fed Nomination Over GOP Block

It's tough to decide whether the tone of Peter Diamond's Monday op-ed in The New York Times is marked more by scorn or disbelief. In a certain way, the column announcing Diamond's withdrawal from the Sisyphean confirmation process for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board reads like an explainer.

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 10:40am

ARCHIVES: First Wave at Omaha Beach

A veteran shares the notes he made at the time of the Normandy landing in this 1960 Atlantic magazine piece.

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 9:40am

Could Focusing on Repairs Please Everyone?

I have been interviewing staffers on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as part of a broader project for National Journal magazine profiling "Hill People." To a person, Republican and Democratic staffers on the committee say they want to see a six-year surface-transportation reauthorization bill completed this year. Everyone knows that's a tall order. It's already June. There are few options to pay for the proposal because of Republican mandates on spending and taxes. The earmark ban further complicates the endeavor.

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 9:40am

Gainful-Employment Rule: What Do We Think?

The Education Department, at long last, released its final rule last week prohibiting for-profit and professional certificate programs from accessing student-loan money if their former students aren't able to repay the loans. The agency did a good job of walking the tightrope between die-hard for-profit college critics and defenders of the industry. (The reactions illustrate just how savvy the department was in responding to both sides of the debate. For-profit schools said the rule went too far, and critics of the schools said it didn't go far enough.)

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 9:40am

PICTURES: D-Day and the Days After

Sixty-seven years after June 6, 1944, D-Day is still spoken of with reverence and awe. Perhaps no single day of the Second World War was more important in turning the tide against Nazi Germany. And it was done at great cost to American and Allied troops in an operation that some called a near suicide mission.

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 9:40am

Lugar Rips Obama for Not Getting Congressional Approval of Libya Campaign

After the House passed a measure on Friday rebuking President Obama for not seeking congressional approval of the U.S. campaign in Libya, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., further criticized the actions of the Obama administration in a Washington Post op-ed on Monday.

Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 9:40am