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Cartoon: Digging to China

Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.

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Cartoon: Breaking the glass ceiling

Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.

GALLERY: More cartoons by Mark Wilson

Bessent: It's time for President Obama and Congress to grow up

President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown

(Credit: AP)

House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday called the president’s offer to negotiate a budget, but only if Republicans first reopen the government and abandon the threat of default, “a demand for unconditional surrender.”

What an Orwellian spin from the party that, in order to work its will, is demanding concessions from President Barack Obama on a list of issues from Obamacare to spending, entitlements...

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Bessent: GOP and Democrats should get together on student loan rates

The dome of the U.S. Capitol. (April 15,

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A Congress that can't manage to do much of anything should avoid the need to do some things over and over again. That includes what's become an annual fight to make sure the interest rate on college student loans doesn't double.

Nobody wants that to happen, least of all the millions of students with little choice other than to pile on debt. But the rate on subsidized Stafford loans will bound...

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Bessent: Detroit needs help just like municipalities around the nation

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announces he will appoint

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The city of Detroit has been on the skids for decades, and Friday it finally tumbled into the financial abyss. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he would appoint an emergency manager to take over the city’s troubled finances.

A booming auto industry hub of 1.8 million people in the 1950s, Detroit now has just 700,000 residents. With boarded-up homes, darkened streets, high crime, inadequate...

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