* "The baby steps that have taken the United States from decrying torture to celebrating it."
* How the spread of misinformation has made an already uninformed public even worse.
* Good read: the threat of terrorism isn't new, but we used to react much more responsibly.
* Rising powers move to exert their influence on the global stage.
* "What can we seriously do to fix WMATA?"
* Michael Scherer on the coming tax cut showdown.
* Warnings of the 'obesity epidemic' spreading to the developing world.
* "The day the internet threw a righteous hissyfit about copyright and pie."
* Film producer Dino De Laurentiis passed away.