It wasn't very long ago that a dinner party guest who wanted to spare the hostess any embarrassing contention simply avoided discussing religion or politics and stuck to the weather.
As Americans flock to stores for holiday shopping, some plan to buy diamonds for loved ones. But that special gift could have a bloody past.
The government's bailout of the banking system is turning out to be far from the fiscal sinkhole so many had feared.
There is a holocaust happening. Right now. And it's not confined to one nation or even one region. It is a global crisis.
Climate change conjures up factory smoke, corn ethanol, cap-and-trade, hybrid cars. It also evokes Al Gore, drowning polar bears, African famine and Hurricane Katrina.