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Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for January 18.


Chris Reykdal: Extra fees undercut high school dual credit programs

The practice of charging high school students mandatory costs to participate in advanced learning has to end, with or without additional funding from the state.


Tim Campbell

Cartoon for January 18.


The arrival of Harry and Meghan won’t change the monarchy’s fading allure in Canada

Personalities aside, the monarchy has been slowly losing its allure in Canada. The arrival of Harry and Meghan will not change that.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for January 17.


Trudy Rubin: Never mind Iran, impeachment: Pay attention to Taiwan

A dramatic election that produced a stunning victory for democracy got too little attention here last weekend, as Americans focused on Iran and impeachment. In a blow to Beijing, Taiwan’s …


Joe Heller cartoon

Joe Heller cartoon for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Martin Schram: Can’t anybody here ask debatable debate questions?

So here we were, smack in the middle of swirling crises, at home and half a world away, as we tuned in Tuesday night to catch six Democratic presidential hopefuls …


Michael Gerson: King’s passion for justice was not synonymous with defeating an enemy

Usually our civic holidays inspire us. But sometimes – as in the case of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020 – the spirit of a holiday is so at odds …


Christine Johnson and Marie Cini: The future of work is gray. Here’s how Community Colleges of Spokane is dialing back the clock

Have you heard of the Gray Wave? Odds are your boss has, your human resources director has and so has your CEO. It’s not made of water. And it’s not …


Cartoon for Jan. 15, 2020

Michael Ramirez cartoon for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 14.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for January 13.


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for January 13.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for January 13.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 13.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Margaret Sullivan: Stephanie Grisham is not the worst-ever White House press secretary. Here’s why.

Hearing Joe Lockhart talk about his old job as White House press secretary almost seems quaint. The idealism: “Your main job is to advocate for the press within the government.”


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for January 12.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for January 12.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Trudy Rubin: Phase Two of the U.S.-Iran conflict will take place in Iraq

This is a moment – in the wake of the Soleimani killing and the mild Iranian response – when everyone needs to take a deep breath. Iranian officials are clearly …


Editorial

The tragedy on Silver Mountain is a reminder of the high risks involved – and the importance of preparing for what you hope never happens.


Luke Mayville and Rebecca Schroeder: Let’s make Idaho’s 2020 legislative session one to remember

For tens of thousands of Idahoans looking to get ahead, the 2020 legislative session may come down to two issues: the future of Medicaid expansion and education investments in our …


William P. Barr: Congress is dragging its feet on fentanyl

While the political circus drags on inside the Beltway, Congress is sitting on critical legislation needed to deal with the deadliest opioid fueling the nation’s drug overdose crisis. During the …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for January 11.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for January 11.


Martin Schram: Mission accomplished for Trump’s new whisperer

The new Trump Whisperer, former Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, returned to his Capitol roots in triumph Wednesday. Sort of. Secretary of State Pompeo, the lone survivor of President Donald Trump’s …


Pete Haug: Grounded in reality: the real dirt on soil

Humankind’s ties to soil may seem far-removed in cities, but they still exist. Even in rural areas, most of our food comes in packages. Do we ever consider the source …


Meghan Markle just flipped the princess fantasy on its big crowned head

The way the world worked was, you swept the fireplace for your mean relatives until someone plucked you from obscurity and gave you a tiara. So here we are a …


Trudy Rubin: Trump and Iran have paused confrontation, but the struggle hasn’t ended

Although the United States and Iran have chosen not to escalate militarily, new long-term battle lines are being drawn.


Meghan L. O’Sullivan: Trump’s Iran speech had three audiences

President Donald Trump’s speech on Iran will not go down in memory as eloquent or inspiring – but it gave the world what it needed most: an opportunity for de-escalation.