ROSE MOSS
Obama should invite members of Congress to a baseball game 
Socializing together would go a long way toward mending the mutual distrust that is endemic in Washington.

ROSE MOSS

Obama should invite members of Congress to a baseball game

Socializing together would go a long way toward mending the mutual distrust that is endemic in Washington.

IDEAS
Five obscure tactics to snarl Congress 
The arcane procedural rules on Capitol Hill, especially in the Senate, offer legislators any number of obscure ways to thwart the plans of their opponents.
(ILLUSTRATION BY WESLEY BEDROSIAN)

IDEAS

Five obscure tactics to snarl Congress

The arcane procedural rules on Capitol Hill, especially in the Senate, offer legislators any number of obscure ways to thwart the plans of their opponents.

(ILLUSTRATION BY WESLEY BEDROSIAN)

Joshua Green
Zombie Congress 
- If Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee is right, fiscal negotiations in Washington are in big danger.
(BRIAN TAYLOR FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Joshua Green

Zombie Congress

- If Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee is right, fiscal negotiations in Washington are in big danger.

(BRIAN TAYLOR FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

JOAN VENNOCHI
The BP aftermath? Nothing 
- Two Aprils ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank. Since then, Congress has done nothing to make drilling safer.
(DAVE MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

JOAN VENNOCHI

The BP aftermath? Nothing

- Two Aprils ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank. Since then, Congress has done nothing to make drilling safer.

(DAVE MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Barney Frank to wed longtime partner
- US Representative Barney Frank, one of the first openly gay politicians in national office, confirmed today through a spokesman that he is planning to wed his long-time partner, Jim Ready.

Barney Frank to wed longtime partner

- US Representative Barney Frank, one of the first openly gay politicians in national office, confirmed today through a spokesman that he is planning to wed his long-time partner, Jim Ready.

EDITORIAL
Gabrielle Giffords: Putting her constituents first
- Giffords’s determination to put her health and her constituents ahead of the attractions of office is admirable. The House will be diminished without her.

EDITORIAL

Gabrielle Giffords: Putting her constituents first

- Giffords’s determination to put her health and her constituents ahead of the attractions of office is admirable. The House will be diminished without her.

Internet protest spurs flood of tweets, calls to Congress
- The online outcry against legislation to fight Internet piracy is being led by a coalition of free speech activists and large websites such as Wikipedia.
(YVES HERMAN/REUTERS)

Internet protest spurs flood of tweets, calls to Congress

- The online outcry against legislation to fight Internet piracy is being led by a coalition of free speech activists and large websites such as Wikipedia.

(YVES HERMAN/REUTERS)

Jeff Jacoby 
Pull the parachute
- With Congress’s approval rating barely above single digits, you might think support for a modest one-time Congressional pay cut would be a no-brainer.

Jeff Jacoby

Pull the parachute

- With Congress’s approval rating barely above single digits, you might think support for a modest one-time Congressional pay cut would be a no-brainer.

Congress targets sex assaults in military
- Language deep within the defense appropriations bill demands that the Pentagon aggressively address the violence and protect service members.

Congress targets sex assaults in military

- Language deep within the defense appropriations bill demands that the Pentagon aggressively address the violence and protect service members.