We have a budget deal, and House Speaker John Boehner lashes out at Tea Party critics. Is it a moment of modest governance or a betrayal of all that conservatives hold dear? A presidential advisory committee recommends new constraints for the National Security Agency. Bob Scheer calls for more action from Senator "Dianne Feinstein and those hacks in the Senate." Foreign Policy magazine names Edward Snowden one of 2013's Global Thinkers. Matt Miller calls the new Volcker Rule a full employment act for lawyers.
Banner image: Speaker of the House John Boehner discusses the bipartisan budget deal, December 12, 2013.