USA TODAY

Founded in September of 1982, USA Today is a national daily newspaper published by Gannett Co., Inc. The paper has a Mon.-Thurs. circulation of over 2 million readers. The Friday edition of the paper has a circulation of over 2.5 million readers.The Editor of USA Today is John Hillkirk.

Articles from Vol. 142, No. 2822, November

Absurd Is the Word
THE DECLINE of higher education is part of a larger and troubling picture. Our economy, culture, and standing in the world are in sharp contrast to what they were some decades ago. The growth of the economy is below its historic rate and real median...
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE MORNING, Eric got off first. He had slept all night breathing his supplementary oxygen, and now he loaded his pack with two fresh bottles weighing a total of 36 pounds. Because he had all that weight, he asked me to...
A Merry and Bright Starbucks Christmas
Lingering over a delicious cup of coffee often is the best part of our day, particularly during this busy time of year. When it comes to gift-giving, we know that Starbucks is the perfect destination to find items that share the joyful spirit of the...
Are We Really Just Animals?
TELEVISION is not a big focus in our home. The real viewing action comes from a large bay window that stretches from four inches above the floor to more than six feet tall. In front of it sits a small patio of stone pavers, a pottery dish on bricks...
ASICS Sneakers Run the Charitable Route
The ASICS America and Onitsuka Tiger 2013 Holiday Collection features some of this year's best and brightest products, with a gift for everyone on your list, from the fitness fanatic to the super trendy. Gel-Super J33 ($100) is ready to rescue runners...
As Sick as It Gets
SO MUCH FOR THE LEFT'S "consenting adults" rhetoric on sex. Forever the consummate conservationists, our serf-described "progressive" friends at the ACLU, MSNBC, and elsewhere have been ramping up efforts to downsize from "consenting adults" to merely...
Baseball's Greatest: It's a Matter of Opinion
Ruth or Aaron? Gibson or Koufax? Fenway or Wrigley? Yankees or Cardinals? For as long as there has been baseball, pundits and fans of America's national pastime have argued, deliberated, and analyzed over who are the best players, teams, games, and...
Bialetti and Viviani: What a Kitchen Combo!
Italy-based Bialetti, makers of ceramic nonstick cookware, has launched its Aeternum Signature Series by one of America's favorite chefs and restaurateurs, Fabio Viviani. With the growth of Aeternum's popularity and Viviani's enthusiasm for its cooking...
Big Events, Big Problems
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN PRODUCING live-broadcast events like the Super Bowl, Grammys, Academy Awards, or Olympics, it is not a question of if a setback will happen, but more a question of when. Complex, live events come with a high risk for...
Boondoggle of Boondoggles
AS WITH ALL MAJOR entitlement reform programs of late, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act came with rosy predictions that it would be affordable and expand, not reduce, coverage. Indeed, its very purpose was to cause some 30,000,000 Americans...
Chocolate Indulgence around the Clock
The name Cacaocuvee translates into "small-batch chocolate" Cacaocuvee chocolates are made fresh to order every day using fresh fruit zests, whole spices, vanilla beans, luscious cream, and the finest bittersweet and milk chocolate. Each chocolate...
Disabled Deserve Respect When Addressed
Language and words matter and people should know and utilize the most inclusive and respectful language available for those with disabilities, emphasizes Jennifer Mizrahi of Respect-Ability USA, Bethesda, Md., a nonprofit organization that is working...
Economic Growth Grinding Down
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR MORE THAN a century, the trend line for the long-term growth of the U.S. economy has held remarkably steady. Notwithstanding huge changes over time in economic, social, and political conditions, growth in real gross domestic...
Gift Baskets for All-Even Cubs Fans
These aren't your Grandma's Gift Baskets, but Grandma sure will want one. New, creative gift baskets are making a comeback for everyone from foodies to the most frustrated gift-givers, who don't know what they can get to really wow someone without...
Gumming Up the Works
IN THE MILIEU of a strained health technology implementation environment spurred by government policy, we all are asking if we are fundamentally changing care for the better? Moreover, why is innovation taking so much time and pain to implement? ...
Hasbro Has the Games You Really Want
As the old joke goes: you can't have everything; where would you put it? Come the holidays, though, we always find room under the tree for as many Hasbro games as possible. This year is no exception. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's party time with...
Has the Whole World Lost Its Head?
THE METAPHOR of the "invisible hand" is used by Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations to argue that people, following their own economic self-interest, promote the interests of society as a whole: "As every individual, therefore, endeavours as much...
HMDX JAM & MyCharge Say "Rock On"
Whether you're lounging poolside on spring break, sitting around a beach bonfire with your friends, meeting in the office conference room, or hanging out in the kitchen, the HMDX JAM Collection was designed with one idea in mind: sharing your music....
It's Nice to Have Nick Pals Around
Children will feet right at home when surrounded by their favorite Nickelodeon characters. From furniture to toys to stocking stuffers, these items are sure to bring some holiday cheer. Every princess should have a throne--or at least a comfortable...
Just Call This Administration "Scandal City": From the IRS to DOJ to NSA, Federal Government Agencies-And the Administration Itself-Under Pres. Barack Obama Have Been an Alphabet Soup of Scandals and Lies
FORMER Sen. Russell B. Long (D.-La.) summed up the political sport of taxation this way: "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree." Truth be told, the Internal Revenue Service scandal, whereby it violated the First Amendment and...
Just Loving Those Norman Confections
Are you ready to start holiday baking, create the traditional gingerbread house, warm up some holiday spices, or dream of a white Christmas? These traditional holiday scenarios are brought to life in the form of handcrafted white, milk, and dark chocolates...
Keep Borrowing Down on Student Loans
College students and graduates currently are carrying one trillion dollars in total student loan debt, estimates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Iowa City, Iowa. The average debt is $24,301 and 60% of students borrow annually to help cover...
Keep Your "Spirits" High This Holiday Season
If you're looking for some whisky ways to celebrate this holiday season, consider Johnnie Walker Black Label--the signature blend from the House of Walker. Distilled, blended, and bottled in Scotland, Johnnie Walker Black Label uses as many as 40 whiskies,...
Main Street as Bleak Street
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SMART MACHINES are all the rage these days, especially for utopian technocrats, but not so much for many American workers who have struggled for decades with declining real incomes. Some technological utopians have predicted...
Mattel & Fisher-Price Mean Fun, Fun, Fun
Mattel and Fisher-Price have the products to fit the needs of every child on your gift list. Then again, why should this year be any different from holiday seasons past? Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Quest For The Crown Set ($59.99, ages three...
Maximize Your Social: Most Businesses Need a Structured Road Map to Create and Manage Successful Social Media Programs
MANY COMPANY leaders understand that, in order to survive in today's business world, their firms must have a social media presence but, to the detriment of many organizations, strategy is lagging (way) behind. In fact' a survey this year shows that...
Mayhem in the Middle East
THE COUNTRIES engulfed by the Arab Spring are on the road from dictatorship to democracy. Together they shape the New Middle East, but why did some uprisings lead to the overthrow of regimes while others did not? Why did some revolutions take weeks...
Neighborhood Poverty Increases STI Risk
Living in a poor neighborhood as an adolescent is linked to an increased risk of getting the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia in young adulthood, according to research published in the Journal of Urban Health. Children who live in poor neighborhoods...
Nickelodeon DVDs & CDs: 'Tis the Season
The holiday season doesn't officially begin until we break out our classic movies and Christmas music. While our youngest ones may not fully appreciate "It's a Wonderful Life," they certainly get excited when we pop in Nickelodeon's "Into the Snow...
ObamaCare: Sold to the Highest Bidder
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is like the television show "Storage Wars; where unclaimed items in storage lockers are auctioned off after a quick peek through the door, maintains Marilyn M. Singleton, who sits on the Board of Directors...
Open the Gates
"Liberalizing immigration is so important to future economic growth in the U.S. and the rest of the world that barring means-tested welfare and entitlement programs to noncitizens and allowing more lawful immigration would be a tremendously beneficial...
Primo Gaming in Store for the Holidays
The party is back! Ubisoft's Just Dance 2014--the sequel to Just Dance 4, the world's number-one selling dance game--is bringing all-new moves with breakthrough features and more than 40 of the hottest tracks. Dance to current pop hits, such as "Roar"...
Science Takes It on the Chin during Shutdown
The haggling over the Federal budget is choking the U.S.'s science innovation pipeline--strangling new discoveries, future economic growth, and job creation--charges Marinda Li Wu, president of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C. As...
Selling Your Kids on Story Time: How-And Why-To Teach Your Children to Love the Written Word
BEDTIME STORIES: those two simple words conjure up happy memories for many of us. If you fondly recall being nestled in a warm bed with your favorite stuffed animals while listening to mom or dad read a picture book, you might be surprised--and a little...
Sisters Unite on the Great Stage: Two Siblings Realize a Lifelong Dream as They Perform Together-For the First Time-In the Annual "Christmas Spectacular" at Radio City Music Hall
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "THE MAGIC of the 'Radio City Christmas Spectacular' brings joy and happiness to generations of families each holiday season and we are extremely proud to present the most dynamic Christmas Spectacular yet," says Don Simpson,...
Swimming in the Shark Tank
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] YOU MAY NOT have snagged a spot on TV's "Shark Tank," but you have managed to get the attention of well-established venture capitalists. You finally are meeting them face-to-face, and everything seems to be going great; then...
The Bubble Is Still Bursting
DURING THE REFINANCE boom of 2000-07, everyone with a valid blood pressure was able to obtain a mortgage to purchase a home. This looked to be a great endorsement for the American Dream as well as the millions of new homeowners. The easy and loosened...
The Glory of Their Times: The Exhibition "Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment" Speaks to the Valor of African-Americans during the Civil War and How These Brave Soldiers Helped Preserve the Union
ONE OF THE FIRST regiments of African-Americans formed during the Civil War, the 54th Massachusetts fought in the Battle of Ft. Wagner (S.C.) on July 18, 1863, an event that has been documented and retold in many forms, including the Academy Award-winning...
The Little Organization That Can-And Does
SMALL THINGS sometimes lead to great ones. This certainly was the case for a young New Jersey priest whose sister, moved by a sense of service, set out to find a way to give back. That priest, Father George Mader, and his sister, Patricia Mader, scarcely...
The Parent Trap
DOES ANYBODY WANT to make this a better place? The world can be no better than the people in it. So, let us think about helping make people better. First off, what does making people better mean? It means more caring about each other--being honest...
This Basket, Bike, and Wine Combo Is Aces
Sonoma-based winery Clos du Bois and chic home decor and fashion destination C. Wonder have teamed up to launch the Clos Cruiser by C. Wonder. The limited-edition bicycle is a perfect gift for wine lovers and bicycle enthusiasts alike. A truly stylish...
To the Barricades with Your Nerf Weapons
Push the limits of Nerf blaster performance and expectations with an innovative collection of N-Strike and Elite blasters that strive to be faster, better, and in a class all their own. Neff has amped up dart blaster performance with the introduction...
Unaffordable Care-If You Can Log On
"Disaster," "embarrassment," "humiliating," and 'train wreck" are just a few of the colorful terms being used to describe it. "The Obama Administration's incompetent half-billion-dollar rollout of its multi-trillion-dollar signature achievement is...
VTech Promises Kids Fun and Learning
With interactive toys that make learning fun, we always can count on VTech to entertain and engage our children from the youngest age through all of their milestones. Your child can be a rock star with VTech's 3-in-1 Strum & Jam KidiBand ($19.99)--a...
War! What Is It Good For?
While some researchers have claimed that war among nations is in decline, a new analysis suggests we should not be too quick to celebrate a more peaceful world. The study finds that there is no clear trend indicating that nations are less eager to...
What We and Our Children Can Learn from Great Literature
AT THE END of C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy assume their rightful thrones as kings and queens of Narnia. Lewis dedicates only one sentence to describing how they governed during the Golden Age of Namia,...
Young Adult Literature's Sorry State
ON JUNE 4, 2011, the number-one trending topic on Twitter was the Anthony Weiner scandal. I happen to remember that, because the number-two topic on Twitter that day--almost as frenzied, though a lot less humorous--had to do with an outrageous, intolerable...