December 10, 2012 Americans are counting the shopping days until Christmas as they bite their nails over the fiscal cliff crisis. David Fitzsimmons and Randy Bish put a holiday spin on their respective positions.
December 9, 2012 Talks to end the National Hockey League lockout have broken down, and the entire season could be cancelled. Cam Cardow thinks the league's players and owners both stink on the ice, while Nate Beeler hopes Santa-ty will prevail.
December 8, 2012 The U.S. has again warned Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime not to use chemical weapons against its people. In August, Olle Johansson thought President Obama's admonition might preclude their use, while Jeff Danziger was less optimistic.
December 7, 2012 At the U.N. climate conference, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged wealthier nations to "take leadership" in fighting climate change. But will enough be done to combat effects such as accelerating polar ice cap melts? Sue Dewar and Joel Pett look at the possible consequences of inaction.
December 6, 2012 When her blog posts are contested and corrected, this evokes gratitude in commentator Barbara J. King. Fresh from an anthropology conference presentation on "co-constructing knowledge through blogging," King says it's the blogger-reader connection that brings her writing alive.
December 6, 2012 Judd Apatow draws on his own experiences as a husband and father in a new comedy that explores the ups and downs of family life. The film stays close to home, literally and figuratively. It stars his wife, Leslie Mann, as well as their two daughters, and was filmed a few doors down from his house.
December 6, 2012 The duke and duchess of Cambridge, aka William and Kate, are expecting a baby. Aislin is also expecting ... a media meltdown, while Mike Graston thinks that even round-the-clock coverage will leave some royals watchers feeling shortchanged.
December 6, 2012 To bring the past to life and make it matter, historical fiction must do more than conjure up an exotic backdrop for a conventional story. These six books challenge our preconceptions and help show how the past shaped the world we live in today.
December 5, 2012 When it was released 32 years ago, Michael Cimino's revisionist Western was considered one of the most colossal flops in Hollywood history. Critic John Powers takes a second look at the film and concludes that it's clearly "the work of one man and ... he wanted you to remember it forever."