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Monitor Articles for December 19, 2012
GOP Senators vow to trim superstorm Sandy aid to $23.8 billion
Teen smoking drops to record lows
South Korea's new female president could renew talks with North Korea
31 suspended in Army day care scandal
Gun sales spike in some states, while others stock up on armored backpacks
Will cigarette companies get into the pot business?
Escape down high-rise jail has Chicago wondering: how'd they dare? (+video)
Sandy hook shooting: Was Adam Lanza lashing out against treatment? (+video)
Despite easy credit, a decline in late car payments
Newtown shooting cranks up Canada's gun-control debate
Coal on the rise as developing nations seek cheap fuel
Bestselling books the week of 12/20/12, according to IndieBound*
What counts as a tax hike? Not Boehner 'fallback' plan, says antitax group
Stocks sink as budget deadline nears
Israel moves to further seal off Jerusalem from West Bank
Stir It Up!
A Mayan dinner party for 12.21.12 (+video)
Social Security: Is reform needed now or not?
Why American teens are turning from cigarettes to marijuana
Sandy Hook shooting: why Obama is acting fast (+video)
What changing the consumer price index would mean for taxpayers
Britain details its exit strategy from Afghanistan
Readers Write: Democracy needs better media; Israel's right to defend itself
Russian trio heads for space station
Stinging Benghazi report leads to three resignations (+video)
The Monitor's View
Christmas in Newtown: restoring childlike innocence
South Korea elects its first woman president, Park Geun-hye
Chapter & Verse
DOJ reaches settlement with Penguin over e-book price fixing
US Army seeks death penalty for Robert Bales, accused of Afghan villager massacre
Michelle Obama: What's she doing to get ready for Christmas? (+video)
The top 25 celebrity baby names of all time
A mixed November for home construction
Bruno Mars: A Q&A with the artist about new album 'Unorthodox Jukebox'
UBS to pay $1.5 billion in fines over LIBOR rate scandal
American parenting: My family is OK, yours is not
Lebanon, Israel take step toward claiming big oil, gas deposits
'Zero Dark Thirty': Top 3 controversies from the Osama bin Laden film
The one chart about oil's future everyone should see
'Gossip Girl' series finale reveals the title blogger's identity
What's behind Russia's bill banning US adoptions?
Will John Boehner, President Obama master art of humility before 'fiscal cliff'?
Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand star in 'The Guilt Trip' (+video)
'Amour' is a moving film but is perhaps unintentionally uncomfortable (+trailer)
Walt Disney's Donald Duck Vol. 2: 'A Christmas For Shacktown'
'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Amour' capture New York Critics' awards
Outrage grows in India over gang rape on bus
How well do you know global Christmas traditions? Take our quiz!
How I prayed through tragedy when my dad was killed
Pakistan polio vaccination workers targeted in more killings, UN responds
Four planets in 'habitable zones' spotted within spitting distance of Earth
Nonprofits' message: Keep firewood close to home
The Simple Dollar
For cheap travel, avoid souvenirs
'Zero Dark Thirty' stirs controversy over torture scenes
Fitch Ratings to US: Fix 'fiscal cliff' or risk credit downgrade
'Extinct' whale found: Odd-looking pygmy whale traced back 2 million years
Rescue dog: Is a dog owner by any other name still a mom or dad?
New gun laws? Don't aim at only mass shootings like Sandy Hook.
8 holiday tips for dealing with difficult relatives
Cassadee Pope voted as Season 3 'The Voice' winner (+video)
Exit polls: South Korea to get first woman president
Terrorism & Security
Panel on Benghazi attack heaps blame on State, citing 'systemic failures' (+video)
Obama tapping VP Biden to lead push to curb gun violence (+video)
Boy awarded $6.9 million after teacher sexually molested him
Loner leaves $7.4 million in gold coins to long-lost cousin
The toughest obstacles in the budget debate? Entitlements.
Investors shun gun stocks in wake of Sandy Hook