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Monitor Articles for December 14, 2012
Can Ben Bernanke save the job market if 'fiscal cliff' talks fail?
Chicago Muslims aim to reclaim meaning of 'jihad' from extremists
Megan Fox, apps spying on our kids, and more: Our parenting news roundup
Elementary school shooting: What gun control laws might US voters support? (+video)
Obama on Conn. shooting: 'Our hearts are broken today' (+video)
The Simple Dollar
Travelling abroad? Exchange currency before you leave.
Cyberattacks on US banks resume, aiming to block their websites
Google+ iOS, Android apps see major updates
Protesters in Egypt clash over draft constitution on eve of referendum
The Monitor's View:
Newtown shootings: What to say to ourselves
School shooting in Connecticut casts somber mood across nation
California killer admits to two murders in NYC
Obama says going after marijuana 'not a top priority' (+video)
Exxon: US energy production surge to continue
Palestinian envoy: Israeli settlement a red line with 'grave consequences'
Connecticut school massacre leaves 27 dead, according to reports
Susan Rice: Was she pushed to end secretary of State bid?
Syrian opposition forces say they are on brink of major victory in Aleppo
Gimme shelter! Your Rolling Stones guide to the 'fiscal cliff'
Estate tax up in the air. Is the time to give now?
Global News Blog
Good Reads: Mexico’s rise, Lincoln’s precedence, and tomorrow’s truth
Chapter & Verse
Amazon wins an e-book fight in Europe
What Chuck Hagel would, and wouldn't, bring to job of Defense secretary
Stir It Up!
Orange kissed date pecan bread
'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey': Is it really necessary? (+trailer)
'Fiscal cliff': Is John Boehner in a lose-lose situation?
West Bank welcomes Hamas back with excitement - and apprehension
With Chávez's health uncertain, Venezuela regional elections will test opposition (+video)
Taxing the rich: why $250,000 became the benchmark
Obama parenting: Michelle and Barack talk Scrabble and kids (+video)
Tipping television: a growing American child safety hazard
Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman resigns after criminal charge
Industrial production jumps in November
Global News Blog
Good Reads: American manufacturing, Apple's new CEO, and a father-son journey to meet two presidents
Elementary school shooting in Connecticut, suspected gunman dead
Obama: Feds will not go after states with legal pot
Three ways utilities can lead energy innovation
Next time, US Senate should ratify UN disabilities treaty
Newly discovered loris may be slow, but its bite is toxic
'Les Miserables,' 'The Hobbit,' and 7 of the most exciting movies of December
Is South Africa following the path of 'the strongman'?
Why is Washington obsessing over deficits, not jobs?
Large earthquake shakes Calif. coast, no tsunami warning issued
Jessica Chastain stars in the troubling, infuriating 'Zero Dark Thirty' (+trailer)
John Kerry, Chuck Hagel: Vietnam vets to lead US foreign and defense policies?
Chapter & Verse
Never-before-seen Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale surfaces
Four ways to help 'contract farming' benefit the very poor
Geminid meteor shower reigns in the night sky (+video)
Even skeptics now warming to climate change, says new poll
Terrorism & Security
Russia insists it stands by Syria's Assad, despite earlier comments (+video)
Jenni Rivera crash: DEA investigating the owner of jet
US to send Patriot missiles and troops to Turkey
Hear the angels sing!
Electric municipal fleets? Indianapolis thinks so.
Entrepreneur Joe Edwards helps make St. Louis vibrant again
Top Picks: Songs of Christmas cheer, Jeremy Renner as The Bourne Legacy, and more
Hail to the neologizers in chief
Cheese: Not as newfangled as we thought
Fiscal cliff: Obama, Boehner speak frankly (+video)