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Joe Heller

Cartoon for December 22.

Linwood Laughy: Time for BPA to act on dams

The Bonneville Power Administration’s challenges include a disappearing California market for BPA’s surplus energy, aging assets requiring major capital investment, and the rapid expansion of Northwest wind and solar capacity, among others.

We are the workers tasked with saving retail – for $9.50 an hour

“Hi, what brings you in today?” I chirp for maybe the 40th time that day. Each customer who walks into the store is subjected to the same insipid script, which might vary slightly depending on the weather (“Is it still raining out there?”). Once I determine her needs (a company Christmas party), I steer her to the perfect black sequined top, turn her over to another associate, and hustle back to the front of the store to repeat the process. I’m on greeting duty today, which means making sure no patron goes unacknowledged – and giving up most of my commissions for the day. It’s demoralizing, but that’s retail. Typically, consumers don’t give a lot of thought to the ubiquitous sales associate, even though retail is the nation’s No. 1 occupation. And neither did I – until I signed up for what I called “my little retirement job” following a long career as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. I took a gig at White House Black Market at Oakbrook Center, an upscale women’s clothing store in an equally high-end mall in Chicago’s western suburbs. Rarely have I seen so many work so hard for so little.

Froma Harrop: May you be healthy and covered in 2019

A federal judge in Texas just threw out the Affordable Care Act root and branch. Upheld, the ruling would rocket Republicans toward their goal of killing Obamacare. The downside for Republicans is that the program has become quite popular.

Hugh Hewitt: Know who would love impeachment? Trump.

That the House Democrats are going to drive toward a vote on one or more articles of impeachment seems, to me, predestined. But President Donald Trump can look at his markers already down on the table and actually come to relish the battle.

Timothy L. O’Brien: How Donald Trump got caught in a legal vise

The Trump team’s possible collusion with Russia to sabotage and tilt the 2016 election, a probe spearheaded by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, pulls many strands of the investigations together. But there are many other threads that investigators are pulling on.

Tom Toles

Cartoon for December 18.

Joe Heller

Cartoon for December 17.