* Good read: reporting from inside Syria's insurgency.
* "But to truly help the middle class, we must take on our nation's exploding economic inequality."
* Examining the army of private contractors we are keeping in Iraq.
* Why Irish WW2 vets keep their service a secret.
* Remember, Governor Perry, activist judges are bad unless you need one.
* Boo! Romney comes out in favor of commercials during Sesame Street.
* Japan's December standard is Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
* Chris Sims interviews Ryan North on writing the new Adventure Time comic book.