On this coming Black Friday, however, shoppers are more likely to see protesting workers.
Events in recent days between Israel and the Hamas-led government in Gaza show the danger of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's refusal to work seriously toward the resolution of Palestinian grievances.
Hurricane Sandy left in its wake massive devastation and difficult questions - large and small - that have yet to be answered.
Was it the workers' fault that the brand never adjusted to the reality of America today? Hostess kept churning out Twinkies and Ho Hos like it was 1969.
We were both exhausteded but buoyed by the growing excitement and the sense evident on everyone's face that the long awaited victory was at hand.
No one has a crystal ball to predict the exact course of the next four years. But it is useful to start with what we actually know.
Today it's hard to believe that one once had to be a Protestant to hold high office.
New York and surrounding areas are in crisis after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and it's time to hire the unemployed to help!
The "Frankenstorm" is the latest reminder that voters in the 2012 Elections have a stark choice between radically different approaches to environmental policy.
Proposition 32, "Stop Special Interest Money," is being funded by shady corporate front groups unleashing a torrent of money as Election Day nears.