Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas answers a question from a television reporter on Nov. 6 in Houston. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

toggle caption David J. Phillip/AP

The majority of what happens on Jan. 1, 2013, is tax increases and cuts in tax deductions to pay for the changes coming in 2014. hide caption

toggle caption

When completed, the Crazy Horse mountain carving will be 641 feet long by 563 feet high. Matthew Staver /Landov hide caption

toggle caption Matthew Staver /Landov

A member of Rio de Janeiro's Social Work Department speaks with crack addicts in a slum area known as "Crackland," during a police operation in the city in November. Christophe Simon /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Christophe Simon /AFP/Getty Images

Peace Pilgrim near Topeka, Kan., in the late 1970s. She had walked 25,000 miles by 1964, and continued for almost two more decades. She carried only a pen, a comb, a toothbrush and a map. James B. Burton/Courtesy of Friends Of Peace Pilgrim hide caption

toggle caption James B. Burton/Courtesy of Friends Of Peace Pilgrim

Rep.-elect Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., appears at a news conference with newly elected Democratic House members in Washington on Nov. 13. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

toggle caption Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Waves crash over the Kulluk oil rig, which washed aground on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska. Officials say aircraft have not spotted any signs of a fuel leak from the rig, which reportedly does not contain crude oil. PA3 Jon Klingenberg/Coast Guard hide caption

toggle caption PA3 Jon Klingenberg/Coast Guard

Pakistanis welcome Muhammad Shahid Nazir, center, the singer of "One Pound Fish," at Lahore's airport Thursday. Hamza Ali/AP hide caption

toggle caption Hamza Ali/AP

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor