November 30, 2011 NASA's Curiosity Rover, launched on Nov. 26, will continue America's exploration of space. Cam Cardow wonders if something is happening on Mars, while Lee Judge has more down-to-earth concerns.
November 29, 2011 From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Americans went shopping in record numbers. Mike Peters points out that more than the economy received a jolt, while Pat Bagley has given up the ghost on holiday spirit.
November 29, 2011 Is redistricting the bottom line for politicians? Barney Frank will no longer represent Massachusetts, although not entirely voluntarily, according to Dave Granlund. In Ohio, Kirk Walters anticipates a battle royale between redistricted Democrats Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur.
November 28, 2011 Egyptians began voting on Monday, in the first part of a multi-day, multi-step election which won't culminate until March of 2012. Emad Hajjaj wonders if the country's fledgling democracy can survive, while Cam Cardow doubts whether protesters will think kindly of America's involvement.
November 28, 2011 Can Occupy Wall Street learn anything from the House or Senate? Signe Wilkinson and Pat Bagley compare and contrast two leading theories.
November 27, 2011 The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to agree on a plan. Nick Anderson suspects an essential ingredient was missing, and while committee members may have egg on their faces, R.J. Matson sees the rest of us doing worse.
November 26, 2011 One hundred years ago this month, Italy had just begun a war with Turkey to wrest control of Libya (then known as Tripoli) and its rich resources. In America, some felt the government of Republican President William Howard Taft was too hostile to business.
November 25, 2011 Black Friday, the make-or-break day for American retailers is upon us. Karl Wimer wonders whether it will perform its part of the shopping trifecta, while Paul Fell considers employees who have to miss the holiday to keep the registers ringing.
November 24, 2011 Matt Wuerker and Dave Granlund remind us how good it is to be with those you love on America's family holiday.
November 23, 2011 Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates food and America's early pilgrims. R.J. Matson takes Congress to task for classifying pizza as a vegetable, while Rick McKee thinks President Obama's tax policies endanger the puritan work ethic.
November 22, 2011 Jeff Parker sympathizes with Republican Party leaders who have seen presidential front-runners come and go. While Newt Gingrich is currently in ascendancy, Mike Luckovich doubts he'll continue to rise.
November 21, 2011 With an attack on a military base in Harasta the civil unrest in Syria is looking more like a civil war. John Branch wonders if Bashar Assad's days are numbered, while Jeff Danziger thinks he has staying power because Russia and China support his regime.
November 20, 2011 The 60 Minutes report about possible insider trading and preferential participation by members of congress has R.J. Matson wondering how invested our elected officials really are. And Lisa Benson isn't rolling out the barrel over the news on how well congress is doing — at least financially.
November 19, 2011 The Supreme Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Gary Varvel hopes the court will end Obamacare, while John Cole fears the law may not get a fair hearing.
November 18, 2011 Can Italy's new prime minister, "Super" Mario Monti, turn around the 7th largest economy in the world? Petar Pismestrovic thinks it could be a wrenching experience for the 68-year-old economist, while Arend van Dam points out the eurozone can't take much more bad news.
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