--Josh Green asks if George W. Bush doomed Mark McGwire

--Chris Orr's hilarious summary of the year in American film

--The Wall Street Journal looks at which occupations have lost the most jobs. Record stores rank high.

--Jeffrey Goldberg, following up on Abbas Milani, takes apart the Leveretts' unconvincing defense of going soft on the Iranian hardliners

--Noam likes his NBA stars armed and dangerous