December 31, 2012 In December, President Obama promised to use his powers to prevent tragedies like the one in Newtown, but his powers had limits when it came to the fiscal cliff.
December 31, 2012 William Gibson's Neuromancer is a hacker classic. Author Nick Harkaway says it's also a door to a greater world. Is there a book that took you outside of your comfort zone? Tell us in the comments.
December 30, 2012 After Obama carried most swing states, Matt Wuerker imagined the president enjoying his majority. After failing to convince Egypt's judiciary to go along with his plans to rule the country, Mohammed Morsi assumed sole power, and Lee Judge doubted Morsi's ability to light the way to freedom.
December 29, 2012 President Obama and Mitt Romney debated three times and Vice President Biden contested VP candidate Rep. Paul Ryan once, leaving John Cole to assess the damage. Nate Beeler showed that "Superstorm" Sandy dealt its damage to rich and poor alike, even if some have recovered more quickly than others.
December 28, 2012 The Obama administration's differing explanations about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, had Nate Beeler feeling that the president was playing games. Meanwhile, Cam Cardow thought Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remark was of historic proportions.
John Cruitt reunited with his third-grade teacher, Cecile Doyle, to tell her about the impact she had on him as he coped with his mother's death.
December 28, 2012 When John Cruitt's mother died, his teacher was there to help him cope. More than 50 years later, Cruitt sought to find the woman who, he says, changed his life.
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December 27, 2012 Cliches are often criticized as the most overused and contemptible phrases in the English language. But writer Hephzibah Anderson says there are times when cliches are not only useful, but also create a sense of camaraderie. And sometimes, she writes in Prospect magazine, only a cliche will do.
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December 27, 2012 The U.S. was suffering through extreme weather as Republicans held their convention, and NASA's rover Curiosity landed on Mars. Chip Bok noted that Hurricane Isaac wasn't the only hot air to disrupt the gathering, while Mike Smith hoped water would be found in the Midwest as well as on Mars.
December 26, 2012 Music lost many artists this year who defined or redefined their genres, such as country great Earl Scruggs (toon by Randall Enos) and the "Queen of Disco" Donna Summer (toon by Taylor Jones).
December 26, 2012 The Virgin Suicides takes teenage angst to the extreme. Writer, blogger and professional teenager Tavi Gevinson explains why it's a book she can't put down, year after adolescent year.
December 26, 2012 At Christmastime, it's long been the fashion for sports columnists to write an annual column about what various people in sports want to find under their tree. Let's celebrate some of the peace and goodwill we'd like to find in sport in the year ahead.
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December 25, 2012 Looking to film a winter movie scene in warm, sunny weather? Head out to marshes and collect cattails. Squeeze out the seeds, and voila!
December 25, 2012 In a world with so many attractions and distractions, Joe Heller and Nick Anderson hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
December 25, 2012 The rebels, rule breakers and renegades who rule this year's Top 10 list aren't looking for a Ph.D. in Traditional Cooking. They're pleasure seekers whose books are filled with quirky facts, gorgeous pictures and ingredients deployed in unexpected places.
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December 24, 2012 If you counted every good deed, every smile, every act of charity, then counted every growl, frown, kick and wrong, which would be greater? The good or the bad? Thinkers from John Locke to Martin Luther King, Jr., give insight on the progress of humanity.
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