Since Santa was unavailable, Chris Andrews, the director of the aquarium at the California Academy of Science, handles two reindeer that are part of a live holiday exhibit.
A dramatic lame-duck end to the historically unpopular 111th Congress does not a successful 112th Congress make, but it could happen if Capitol Hill Republicans learn from their mistakes. They lost control of Congress in 2006 largely because they talked the talk of limited government, but mostly walked arm in arm with Democrats in supporting massive increases in federal spending, regulation and debt. Since then, it’s been a desperate struggle, with multiple setbacks along the way, thanks to the ever-present and addictive allure of Washington Spending Disease. But the 2010 election, which gave the GOP control of the House, has produced some very heartening signs that Republicans are regaining their principled roots and political bearings.
From its first publication in 1843, “A Christmas Carol” has charmed and inspired millions. Less well-known is the fact that this little book of celebration grew out of a dark period in the author’s career and, in some ways, changed the course of his life forever.
Shopping malls provide plenty of opportunities for upscale shopping, but a Boca Raton, Fla., venue has taken it up a level with an ATM that forks out gold bars.
Recently, however, the California political equation on education has been changing. The Democratic-establishment coalition is breaking down as parents, especially those in inner cities, demand more local control, more school options and better outcomes. Political war erupted between the CTA and EdVoice, an organization financed mainly by wealthy Democrats that is pressing for reforms that the union dislikes, such as more charter schools.