Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s longtime dictator, has died of heart failure. His death sparked immediate concern over who is in control of the reclusive state and its nuclear program. Kim Jon Un, Kim’s youngest son, was named successor.
Despite not spending much time or resources in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Mitt Romney won the endorsement Saturday of Iowa’s largest newspaper, The Des Moines Register.
The Senate’s two-month payroll tax extension is dead on arrival in the House. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, made that perfectly clear Sunday morning as he said that Congress will have to negotiate a deal closer to the House-passed one-year extension before members leave for the holidays.
Early Sunday, as the sun ascended to the winter sky, the very last American convoy made its way down the main highway that connects Iraqand Kuwait. With it came to an end a deadly and divisive war that lasted almost nine years, its enormous cost calculated in blood and billions.