December 31, 2009 It has all the makings of the next big celebrity scandal, but the arrest of television actor Charlie Sheen on Christmas Day for domestic violence may not be met with the usual media hubbub. The reasons, says commentator Andrew Wallenstein: First, we've come to expect this from him; second, Sheen not only is a dirtbag, he plays one on TV.
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December 31, 2009 Santa was kind to online retailer Amazon this Christmas: For the first time, Kindle e-books outsold actual bound pages. On the cusp of a new year, author Jen Lancaster weighs in on the power of a good book and the practicality of a Kindle.
December 31, 2009 Between domestic spying, the sort-of shutting down of Gitmo, and the ineptitude of would-be terrorists, 2009 shaped up to be a pretty lively year. Mark Fiore offers his personal take in this animation. The Wall Street Journal dubbed him "the undisputed guru of the form." He creates political animation from an undisclosed location somewhere in San Francisco.
December 31, 2009 In a matter of weeks, China blew up the Copenhagen climate change talks and humiliated President Obama, executed a mentally ill Brit on drug possession charges, and sentenced Liu Xiabo, the human rights activist and political reformer to 11 years in prison. So why is Obama so eager to keep on good terms?
December 31, 2009 Explosives-laden underwear may have been the suspected Christmas Day terrorist's weapon of choice, but it is not a weapon to be effectively countered with the deployment of hundreds of thousands of American combat troops, or billions of dollars worth of planes, subs and missiles.
December 31, 2009 Often preying on the program's elderly and poor beneficiaries, Medicare fraudsters cost the government $47 billion last year alone, using billing scams that some officials have called more profitable than drug-trafficking. What measures does health care reform take to ensure fraud protection?
December 31, 2009 In 2009, the stock market had one of its greatest rebounds in history. And in 2010, we’re likely to witness a mini boom in economic growth.
December 31, 2009 Between Sarah Palin, Tiger Woods and Jon and Kate's clan of eight, some pretty memorable characters have drifted across our televisions and blogs in 2009. Before 2010 creeps in, their 15 minutes of fame are up and they're forever gone, let's revel in their glory.
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December 30, 2009 Some decades are named by history: the Roaring '20s, the Threadbare '30s. This decade came in with a bang and is going out with a whimper. In these 10 years, we have gone from peace to war, from surplus to deficit, from prosperity to recession.
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December 30, 2009 Sanctions against Iran are a popular idea right now, but there needs to be much more thought devoted to how these sanctions will actually work and what the end goal actually is. Otherwise, we leave Iran to do whatever it pleases.
December 30, 2009 Much of America has been privy to the forlorn photos of Sun Belt "For Sale" signs and empty dining rooms in newspapers, and so they get it that Las Vegas and Phoenix represent Ground Zero of last year's real estate crack up. But Boise, Idaho? Surprise, surprise.
December 30, 2009 Far too much of the debate over economic policies for the next decade ignores a central, sobering reality: we simply can’t afford another decade like this one.
December 30, 2009 Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman appears enthusiastic to use the thwarted Christmas Day attack on a Northwest Airlines flight as an excuse to launch another crusade for another war.
December 30, 2009 For a bird lover like essayist Julie Zickefoose, finding a parched, tired and scared Carolina wren in a carpet warehouse was heartbreaking. Freeing it, though, was liberating.
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December 29, 2009 An attempted attack on Christmas Day has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Americans. How are terrorists still outmaneuvering the security protocols in place, and what can we do to put a stop to this?
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