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Rundown for December 5, 2012
12:06 PM EST 2 Comments

Obama Hardens On Raising Tax Rates, Divided Republicans Plan Next Move

In his first post-election interview, President Obama insisted that Republicans will have to agree to tax rate increases as part of any plan to avoid going over the looming “fiscal cliff.”

12:15 PM EST 39 Comments

Hotel Confidential: An Industry Insider Tells All

Jacob Tomsky’s new book, “Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality,” discloses all the ways a front desk clerk can get back at rude guests.

12:35 PM EST Comment

Hazardous Materials Plague Two U.S. Towns

While more residents of Paulsboro, N.J. are ordered to leave their homes due to air contamination from a train derailment, authorities in northwest Louisiana are still working to secure explosive powder.

12:40 PM EST Comment

After Gaza Ceasefire, A Stronger But Divided Hamas

Most analysts say Hamas emerged stronger from the latest violence between Israelis and Palestinians. But Hamas is divided, with one set of leaders in Gaza, and another set in exile.

12:50 PM EST 14 Comments

Reporting The Revolutionary War

It’s pretty cool to feel a piece of history in your hands. That’s what we got to do when Todd Andrlik came to talk about his book “Reporting The Revolutionary War: Before It Was History It was News.”

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‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

December 16 2 Comments

Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook "Jewish Soul Food."

December 15 11 Comments

As School Fees Rise, So Do Questions Over What Constitutes A Free Education

As schools across the country struggle with budget cuts, more and more are charging fees for essential school-related services.

December 15 3 Comments

Both Sides Undergoing Mediation To Resolve Homeless Feeding Dispute

A 90-year-old activist has been arrested recently for feeding the homeless — an act that is illegal in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.