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Cover Story

2012 News of the Year

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | Groans, moans, jeers—but also cheers

In this issue: "2012 News of the Year," Dec. 29, 2012

Features

2012 Events

2012 Events

By Kristin Chapman

2012 News of the Year | Some January-November remarkable providences

2012 Departures

By Edward E. Plowman

2012 News of the Year | Some January-November deaths

Dispatches

Counting the cost

Counting the cost

By Mindy Belz

Afghanistan | Local connections + U.S. action = freed Afghanistan aid workers

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Christmas   When Christmas arrives on Dec. 25, don’t expect to see any of the partridges in pear trees made famous by the song, “The Twelve Days…

A liberal enemies list

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | Magazine counsels the president to ignore Congress

Marriage in the dock

By The Editors

and more news briefs

Voices

Update from Walmart

Update from Walmart

By Joel Belz

Culture | Shoppers—who are also voters—show very little interest in the issues

Divine reversal

Divine reversal

By Janie B. Cheaney

Faith & Inspiration | History and the future are shaped like a U, with the proud falling and the humble rising

A grain of wheat

By Mindy Belz

Iraq | Ours is a living God who promises better things to come

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

From this day forward

From this day forward

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | 'It's too late now' has no place in the Christian life

Take every song captive

By Marvin Olasky

Music | Good singers, it's time to capture Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

Culture

There and back again and again and again

There and back again and again and again

By Megan Basham

Movies | Peter Jackson says he’s following the spirit if not the letter of the novel by stretching The Hobbit into a trilogy

'An epic of the human heart'

By Emily Belz

Movies | Tom Hooper's Les Misérables is no Broadway show

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Dec. 7-9 according to Box Office Mojo

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