In honor of Bernie Mac's last performance, in Soul Men, TIME looks back at the most memorable posthumous movie performances of all time.
As Washington wrangles over a housing fix, evidence grows that there's a way to succeed
Obama's victory generates new hope and greater expectations
It may be President-elect Obama's most important early decision
There's no second place in American politics, but there's often a second life. TIME takes a look at what happened to some of history's most famous runners-up
You don't hoard political capital in a crisis. Here are five steps that would help get America back on track
A black nominee. A presidential spouse on the trail. This campaign created more firsts than any other in U.S. history.
If Barack Obama wins, investors are already trying to scope out what industries and companies might be the growth sectors
Sure, the outcome is remarkable. But how will the '08 campaign hold up to history? Can any President shape a country like Lincoln? Save the U.S. like F.D.R.? From Washington to (surprise?) McKinley to Bush 43, these winners left an indelible legacy.
From a genetic testing service to an invisibility cloak to an ingenious public bike system to the world's first moving skyscraper here are TIME's picks for the top innovations of 2008
Who's got the best record of predicting election results? Forget the pundits. TIME takes a look at 10 strange (but sometimes true) presidential election predictors
By Alyssa Fetini and Frances Romero
Voters may need to bring study guides into the booth with them on Election Day. Thanks to well-funded and persistent special interest groups, about 150 ballot initiatives and propositions are up for consideration in more than 30 states
From live cable news broadcasts to e-mailed YouTube links, a look at the most unforgettable video from the 2008 campaign
In 24 hours, either Barack Obama or John McCain will quickly turn to taking over the most powerful government on earth. So what does the winner do first?
From war-torn battlefields to creaky mansions and ghostly ships, TIME looks at the lore behind the world's most haunted places
Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken is fighting to become Minnesota's next Senator, but he's far from the first person to turn celebrity into a run for office
How on earth did YouTube get by before Alaska governor Sarah Palin was tapped as the Republican vice-presidential candidate? TIME surveys the cream of the spoofs crop
Yes, it was an unforgettable political campaign. But what people recall most depends on whom you ask. A gallery of voices on the legacies of Campaign 2008
Much has been written about the differences between McCain and Obama, but the race remains a contest of issues. Here are side-by-side comparisons of both candidates on seven key issue, in their own words.
With the 7th annual Rock Paper Scissors World Championship playing out Oct. 25 in Toronto, TIME takes a look at some of the strangest championships in the wide world of sports
TIME takes a look at the top 10 teen idols of all time.
The latest research helps turn thousands of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors
Stylish jet setters dish their best tips, from a chef's preferred city for food (Bologna) to Claridge's most loved concierge (Martin)
With the outlook gloomy for the U.S. economy, TIME takes a look back at what it was like during some of the nation's darkest days through the eyes of those who were there
From flawless pitching performances to titanic home runs (and a misplayed ground ball), TIME has your bases covered on this tour of October's greatest moments
When 130 million people vote, what do they get? Long lines, ID checks and court challenges. A guide to the potential chaos on November 4
John Updike's The Widows of Eastwick arrives almost a quarter century after its predecessor. Yet it ranks relatively low on the list of all-time greatest waits for sequels. TIME rounds up the longest hiatuses in cinematic and literary history.
TIME's look at the 10 worst console-to-screen adaptations is like shooting fish in a barrel with a plasma cannon.
Which religious leaders are most likely to achieve sainthood over the next few years?
Orrin Hatch, the Mormon Senator from Utah, has released a festive holiday song about Hanukkah. From Richard Nixon's piano-playing to Janet Reno's soul singing, here's some more of American leadership's greatest musical hits
Financial pros offer their advice on five different situations
Believe it or not, the 2008 election isn't only about the White House. Many critical House and Senate seats are up for grabs as well. Here's a guide to the most crucial races
The candidates are jockeying to get their messages across. But which ones sink in, and which ones fizzle? How do you ultimately decide? A TIME survey of American attitudes on the eve of a historic election yields some surprising answers
Ever notice how movies almost always make the Central Intelligency the bad guy? Ridley Scott's new Body of Lies is no different. TIME looks back at some of the most memorable flicks starring the secretive organization
As outcry grows over executives who reap millions in severance bonuses in the face of their companies' downfalls and bail-outs, TIME takes a look at other golden parachutes and the people who opened them
In honor of the latest hound flick to become a box office hit Beverly Hills Chihuahua grossed $29 million over the weekend TIME takes a look back at film history's most memorable dog adventures
From Naked Shorts to TED Spreads, a quick primer on the jargon that has emerged from the recent financial crisis
Faith leaders of all flavors have discovered the video pulpit
The housing bubble burst. Wall Street collapsed. Now the aftershocks are radiating throughout Main Street. TIME explores how this initially insular financial crisis went national.
While Jaycee Lee Dugard has been reunited with her family after being abducted 18 years ago, plenty of disappearances remain unexplained. A look at 10 of the most infamous
As Sarah Palin and Joe Biden prepare for their first showdown, TIME presents the moments, mistakes and milestones of vice-presidential debate history
TIME looks back at the most absurd, ill-planned and disastrous TV-show spawn of the past few decades
The largest one-day point drops in Dow Jones history
As publishers print a new version of Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn without racial slurs, TIME takes a look at other books that have been bowdlerized
Paul Newman, the great actor and humanitarian, died at the age of 83. Richard Corliss looks back through his most memorable movie roles
New, exciting designers like Tom Ford take inspiration from their own sartorial needs rather than an idealized fantasy of what they should be wearing
The political leaders, entrepreneurs, activists and scientists leading the fight to save our planet
From gaffes to zingers, TIME looks back at the debate lines that changed the presidential race
In honor of NBC's new Knight Rider remake, TIME takes a look at entertainment's best automobiles and why we wish they really existed
A call goes out with 21 ways you can give back and pay it forward to current and future stewards of the country