3. Take a look at this week’s cover, featuring the crisis in Iraq.



  5. America has had, for over 200 years, a great bipartisan tradition of honoring those who have fought for our freedom by f—king them over once they give their guns back.

    Jon Stewart cuttingly reminds the GOP of its own terrible VA track record

    On Monday, Jon Stewart lit into the Obama administration for not fixing the problems in the Veterans Affairs Department health care system, even though he has known about the long waits since before taking office. On Thursday night’s Daily Show, Stewart reminded the Republicans now pouncing on the VA hospital scandal that their hands aren’t exactly clean on the matter, either.


  6. Take a look at this week’s cover, featuring the U.S. offensive against China’s cyberthieves.



  8. The movement to end sexual assault on college campuses is more powerful than it has ever been. That’s extremely important. After all, a recent government report states that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while in college, and that too many higher education institutions fail to enforce federal law when it comes to punishing perpetrators, supporting survivors, and publishing campus crime statistics.

    America’s sexual assault debate wrongly focuses on college students over everyone else

    We should be working to end sexual assault everywhere.


  9. The Week’s latest mini-podcast, on how the leaders of the free world say “I’m sorry.”

    Watch Reagan’s, Clinton’s, George W. Bush’s and Obama’s mea culpas here.

    Listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts here.


  10. There’s no denying it: The National Rifle Association has won — again. Even though more than 3,000 Americans have died via gun violence since 20 children and six adults were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in December, the NRA has somehow managed to triumph. The victims’ families and gun-control advocates have lost. Forget an assault weapons ban — or any other serious gun regulation. It’s not happening.
    — Joe Gandelman says the NRA has already won

  11. The idea that Romney — who is running on the strength of his record as a manager to replace Obama — could keep titles at, earn from, and own a major company for years while at the same time doing nothing to run or manage it, is not something that will be easily absorbed by your average worker. That is not how most workplaces run (those no-show jobs on The Sopranos excepted). But at the very highest levels of American business, things work differently, apparently.

    Explaining the complexities of this business arrangement to the American people will be as complicated for Romney as explaining away the overseas accounts he legally opened. It’s not the legality of the strategies that’s at issue so much as how foreign they will seem to most Americans.


    Garance Franke-Ruta at The Atlantic

    When Mitt Romney retired from Bain: 4 reasons why it matters


  12. "What remains"
    Glenn McCoy © 2012 Universal Press Syndicate

    More cartoons


  13. While we are glad that Governor Romney recognized the power of the black electorate, he laid out an agenda that was antithetical to many of our interests. His criticism of the Affordable Care Act — legislation that will improve access to quality health care for millions — signals his fundamental misunderstanding of the needs of many African Americans.

    NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, quoted in National Journal.

    Can Mitt Romney win without winning over minority voters?