While everyone packed in the traditional "three f's" for the holidays — food, family and football — and added some retail therapy for good measure, big things were afoot in the Middle East. Israel and Gaza agreed to stop shelling each other, and in a surprising turn Ehud Barak — Israeli defense minister — announced today he'll step down soon amid tensions.
Closer to home, the only tension is Congress's self-inflicted budget dilemma. Now both parties are talking compromise, Republicans are talking about ignoring the famous no-tax Norquist Pledge, and the rest of us just want a resolution so we can stop talking about it.
And in Boston, questions persist regarding Mayor Menino's health, lo these many weeks of hospitalization.
- Charles Chieppo, principal at Chieppo Strategies.
- Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe columnist.