December 31, 2008 Why would the embattled Illinois governor tap someone to fill the very Senate seat he is accused of trying to sell? Observers say his critics-be-damned announcement smacks of hubris. Then again, coming out swinging makes sense for the former Golden Gloves boxer.
December 26, 2008 With a crippled economy and rising unemployment, people are being asked to make sacrifices by their leaders and their employers. Is it really a sacrifice if you are forced to do something? Is one person's sacrifice just another person's pain in the, um, neck?
December 19, 2008 With his back against the wall, the Illinois governor turns to ... Rudyard Kipling? Turns out the English poet is a favorite of high-profile people in times of crisis.
December 18, 2008 Critics on the left are panning President-elect Barack Obama's choice of Rick Warren, an evangelical minister and author of The Purpose-Driven Life, to deliver the invocation at the inauguration. But in some ways, the two men share a worldview.
December 18, 2008 Amid risque Santa suits and foul-mouthed holiday movies, is Christmas becoming more naughty than nice? Some people celebrate the season in provocative ways. Others look for deeper meaning despite the rowdy behavior around them.
December 17, 2008 The financial world is being rocked by downturns and upsets. The global economy is overwhelmed and under siege. Markets fall; anxieties rise. You don't need a weatherman to know that the times are a-changing. What you do need, however, is a list of what is "in" and what is "out."
December 8, 2008 Getting fired is bad enough, but some companies are finding new ways to be cruel and impersonal when they downsize. From a blog posting from the boss to a cold good-bye via e-mail, employers are using today's technology to perform the unpleasant age-old task.
December 4, 2008 Former Bush adviser Karl Rove defends the president's legacy in an Oxford-style debate, part of the Intelligence Squared U.S. series. Rove and Weekly Standard editor William Kristol face off on the topic against Slate editor Jacob Weisberg and Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins.
December 3, 2008 President-elect Obama named New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former rival for the Democratic nomination, as his choice for Commerce secretary. Richardson was an Energy secretary and U.N. ambassador in the Clinton administration.
December 1, 2008 President-elect Obama announced Monday that Sen. Hillary Clinton, his Democratic primary rival, will be his secretary of state, and Robert Gates will stay on as defense secretary.
November 25, 2008 While there might not be as much under the trees this year, customers say they don't want to leave the holiday symbol out of their celebrations.
November 24, 2008 As a clear signal that President-elect Obama is focused on the financial crisis, he introduced his choices for an economic leadership team on Monday. They include economic veterans Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary and Lawrence Summers to lead the National Economic Council.
November 21, 2008 Word of Cabinet offers by President-elect Obama flew fast and furious Friday afternoon: Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) for secretary of state, Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) for commerce secretary and New York Federal Reserve President Tim Geithner for secretary of the Treasury.
November 20, 2008 Americans are fascinated by pirates: swashbuckling, salt-soaked seafarers who sport blousy shirts, spiffy vests, leather boots, eye patches, peg legs and the occasional parrot on the shoulder. But will the recent hijackings by Somali pirates make them not so lovable?
November 18, 2008 Fifty years ago, unless the family was playing Monopoly, parents didn't talk about finances with their children. Parents didn't even talk about money with each other. Now it's all people talk about. What happened?
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