Washington Times (Mobile)
By Charles Hurt
The Oscar-winning tale "Argo" contains a movie within the movie. Comparisons to Shakespeare's Hamlet - or anything worth remembering, for that matter - certainly end there.
So, it was altogether fitting that first lady Michelle Obama horned her way into the insufferable ceremony to award the night's most coveted honor to the hostage thriller.
After all, she knows something about hostage-takers and their diabolical demands. She sleeps with the most daring and nihilistic of them all.
Washington breathlessly watches the dramatic countdown to the coming "sequester" cuts. For many around here, the apocalypse is upon us.
This meat-cleaver approach to budget-cutting came about as a result of Democrats and Republicans working in unison for decades to bloat the federal government, steal from future generations and generally refuse to address the immoral concept of bankrupting the country with pork, theft and golden promises to gullible voters.