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5 Great Reads To Take You Inside the Inauguration
5 Great Reads To Take You Inside the Inauguration

While second presidential inaugurations tend to lack the fireworks of the first—it will be hard… >>

The Oval Office Effect: How Stress Ages Presidents
The Oval Office Effect: How Stress Ages Presidents

As Barack Obama embarks on another four years in what is arguably the toughest job on the planet… >>

What's All This About a Trillion-Dollar Coin?
What’s All This About a Trillion-Dollar Coin?

I was still recovering from a nasty case of Fiscal Cliff Fatigue when my current-events radar… >>

She's the One: Americans Name Their Most Admired Woman
She’s the One: Americans Name Their Most Admired Woman

And it's Hillary Clinton—again! For the 11th year in a row, Americans named Clinton as their… >>

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

In many ways, 2012 was the year of Lincoln: On the big screen, he worked tirelessly to ensure the… >>

The Year in Trendy News Stories
The Year in Trendy News Stories

Here's one for anyone who's ever sent (or received) an article based mostly on its wacky-but-true… >>

Inspiring: Golden Retrievers Provide Comfort in Newtown
Inspiring: Golden Retrievers Provide Comfort in Newtown

Newtown schools are just now reopening after last Friday's tragedy, and Sandy Hook Elementary will… >>

Read This, Feel Smarter
Read This, Feel Smarter

Prepare to be the most informed relative/coworker/friend in your circle this holiday season. New… >>

Dubious Health Miracle: Did Vodka Save Elephants in Russia?
Dubious Health Miracle: Did Vodka Save Elephants in Russia?

A recent report from the Associated Press contends that elephants were saved from the harsh… >>

The Fiscal Cliff Explained... with LEGO Bricks
The Fiscal Cliff Explained… with LEGO Bricks

When explaining complex issues, it's important to not get mired in the details. And what better way… >>

Relax, Earthlings, NASA Says the End is Not Near
Relax, Earthlings, NASA Says the End is Not Near

Apocalypse believers who fervently expect the world to end on December 21 are in for a surprise… >>

Could Sugary Drinks Contribute to Cancer Risk?
Could Sugary Drinks Contribute to Cancer Risk?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg might've been more correct to slam sugary drinks than even… >>

Amazing Pearl Harbor Story Finally Published... 71 Years Later
Amazing Pearl Harbor Story Finally Published… 71 Years Later

"There was blood and the fear of death—and death itself—in the emergency room as… >>

Dance the Night Away for Sandy Relief
Dance the Night Away for Sandy Relief

Since super storm Sandy hit my hometown, I've donated to the Red Cross and dropped off food for… >>

5 Reasons to See 'Zero Dark Thirty'
5 Reasons to See ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Director Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to her Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker is generating buzz… >>

The Only Fiscal Cliff Guide You'll Need This Holiday Season
The Only Fiscal Cliff Guide You’ll Need This Holiday Season

The news media is abuzz with talk of the impending fiscal cliff—a series of tax hikes and… >>

White House Holiday: Let Bo Be Your Guide
White House Holiday: Let Bo Be Your Guide

The White House may be beautifully decked for the holidays, but it's left to the First Dog to… >>

'But Mom, They're Art!' Major Museum Adds Video Games to Collection
‘But Mom, They’re Art!’ Major Museum Adds Video Games to Collection

New York's Museum of Modern Art—better known as MoMA—announced Thursday that 14 video games… >>

'You're Wrong, Uncle Bob!': When Politics and Thanksgiving Collide
‘You’re Wrong, Uncle Bob!’: When Politics and Thanksgiving Collide

As the red wine starts flowing this Thanksgiving, inevitably so will the politics chatter… >>

What Would a 51-State Flag Look Like?
What Would a 51-State Flag Look Like?

With Puerto Rican statehood in the news once again, Smithsonian magazine's excellent Design Decoded… >>