December 5, 2012 Now that House Republicans have responded with a counteroffer to President Obama's proposal for avoiding the "fiscal cliff," the two sides seem even further apart. Signe Wilkinson argues that the GOP offer doesn't go far enough, while Lisa Benson thinks the president wants way too much.
December 5, 2012 The pressure cookers of a generation or two ago stoked fear with their explosive reputation. But don't let those bygone notions keep you from bringing faster, more flavorful meals to the table.
December 4, 2012 There are two paths forward and only one of them embraces the reality of science, its methods and its ethics.
December 4, 2012 "The President" is a 3,200-year-old giant sequoia that clocks in at 247 feet tall and counting. And contrary to most living things we can think of, giant sequoias grow faster later in life than earlier in life.
December 4, 2012 After the U.N. voted to give Palestinians "observer state status," Israel announced plans to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Patrick Chappatte doesn't see the U.N. recognition as helpful to the peace process, while Emad Hajjaj has the same opinion of Israel's building plans.
December 3, 2012 For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try McDonald's new CBO sandwich. CBO stands for "Cheddar, Bacon, Onion," but they have to put an asterisk after "Cheddar," because it's not really cheese. We don't know why they don't have to put an asterisk after "food."
December 3, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of high school students enroll in Advanced Placement classes each year, with hopes to strengthen high school transcripts. In a piece for the Atlantic, former college professor and high school teacher John Tierney argues that AP courses don't deliver their promised benefits.
December 3, 2012 Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes on fiction and the question of whether it can change the world with some whimsical reflections on Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior, a novel about climate change.
December 3, 2012 Philip Roth recently announced that he had written his last novel. Author Matthew Specktor explains why Sabbath's Theater, released in 1995, is not only Roth's most disgusting novel but also his best. Do you have a favorite book that breaks all the rules? Tell us in the comments.
December 3, 2012 Which should come first, ending the "Bush" tax cuts for the wealthy or cutting spending? R.J. Matson and Steve Kelley try to find comedy in the manners of avoiding the fiscal cliff.
December 2, 2012 Senate Democrats are considering altering filibuster rules to make it harder for Republicans to impede legislation. Jeff Danziger does not have high regard for how Republicans have used the parliamentary maneuver, while R.J. Matson wonders if the Democrats are really willing to make a change.