FROM Mark Bittman
Overconsumption: The American Way This is the holiday when gluttony is not just acceptable, it’s almost required if you try to taste everything on the Thanksgiving table. But ask yourself: is this the only time you eat more than you ought to? Obesity is a national epidemic, and over-consumption of another kind is on the rise. Credit card debt is up by 66 percent since last year and by 368 percent since 2009, when the Great Recession made Americans try to be frugal. Why do we want so much more than we can afford and, probably, more than we need? Is there a relationship between mindless eating and manic buying?
Historic Thaw in US-Cuban Relations and 2016 Presidential Contenders Hillary Clinton is still playing it coy when it comes to another run for the White House. Jeb Bush has beat her to the punch, becoming the first major player to say he'll “actively explore” a possible campaign. We hear early assessments of what's in store between now and 2016.