John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune
On Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined a military spending plan that would cut the Army to its smallest size in 74 years. The cuts Hagel mentioned go beyond equipment; they include slashing personnel costs. Unsurprisingly, military groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are up in arms. The Pentagon budget will be unveiled next week. Get ready for a budget battle.
Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons
Early this month, the Congressional Budget Office reported that Obamacare would effectively cost jobs, that people would choose to work less or not at all in order to get Obamacare subsidies. This week, the Administration of President Barack Obama did what it always does in response to bad news: lied and said uh-uh.
It’s Valentine’s Day — but Republicans who rolled over to Democrat demands and voted to raise the debt ceiling aren’t getting very much love from fiscal conservatives. Meanwhile, members of the mainstream media love the President no matter what he does.
All eyes are on Russia as the 2014 Winter Olympic Games begin in Sochi. These Olympics are Russian President Vladimir Putin’s baby. He’s been heavily involved from the get-go, and he appears to be way more concerned with boosting Russia’s image than he is with sport. You know, that thing the Olympics are supposed to be about. Meanwhile, the world collectively holds its breath and prays for the safety of the athletes and spectators amid one terrorist threat after another.
RJ Matson, Roll Call
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama blew raspberries at Congress and said something along the lines of: “Nah nah ne boo boo. You can’t stop me!” Well, what he really said was: “[W]herever and whenever I can take steps without legislation …, that’s what I’m going to do.” Nobody shouted “All hail the king!” in response, although some Democrats stood and applauded.
Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
President Barack Obama wants to have it both ways. He’s a big fan of being Big Brother, and he wants the deets on absolutely everybody. But he’s also a big fan of being popular, and he isn’t feeling the love these days. Ever since Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency spies on everybody, Americans have been furious. So last Friday, Obama announced a plan to reign in the NSA (but only a little bit).