December 13 Issue

On The Cover
Is Pope Francis a Socialist?
Big Shots
Big Deal

Big Deal

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH., and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., during a news conference where republican leaders discussed the new budget proposal after House Republican Caucus in the U.S. Capitol, Dec. 11, 2013.
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Page One

Texas Tea

One of the most conservative senators still finds himself challenged by the Tea Party

The New Spy Catchers

The agency’s young guns are steeped in the world of Hezbollah, Chinese hackers, and Russian spies

Joint Maneuvers

Uruguay’s vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use changes the game

Mexico’s New Oil Rush

Unless Mexico invites in foreign oil investors soon, a country with the world’s second-largest untapped crude reserves could become a net energy importer
New World

Here Come The Bots

Google and other companies believe that robots today are like cell phones back when they were the size of bricks

Send in the Browns

Cleveland's hapless and mind-bogglingly mediocre NFL franchise can't even be bad enough to be interesting

Camera Shy

One of the greatest photographers may not have wanted anyone to see her work