Top read: George Packer on looking back at the painful past, and why we must.
* On Cheney's delusions. Seriously, future generations won't understand what this was like.
* Bob Herbert finds hope for the future of the economy.
* Real legal jeopardy for Ashcroft and Rumsfeld?
* New details about Madoff's global Ponzi scheme continue to emerge.
* China deploys ships to Somalian waters.
* The AV Club talks with Darren Aronofsky.
* W. Mark Felt, a.k.a. "Deep Throat", passed away.
LATimes gallery of unanswered entertainment questions of 2008.
"The First Lady of Trek": Majel Roddenberry passed away.