Barack Obama? Gordon Brown? Michael Phelps? Click through the pros and cons of our finalists for Person of the Year and vote for the candidates you think are most deserving.
A collection of the best entertainment gifts to make your holiday shopping a simple task
A rundown of this year's most popular gift items, from the increasingly popular Blu-Ray player to good 'ole kitchen appliances.
While you're preparing, eating or sleeping off your Thanksgiving meal, ponder these bizarre Thanksgiving facts
A nun, a priest, a lover, a cattle drover, a man who grows younger, a wrestler who won't quit, an interviewer and a former President, a bluesman, a gay activist, a happy couple and a band of brothers. By Richard Corliss.
Nearing the end of his tenure as President, George W. Bush granted several pardons on Nov. 24 including that of Grammy-Award-winning rapper John Forte. TIME takes a look at some of the most controversial pardons of past presidencies
Sean Penn stars as Harvey MilkAmerica's first major openly gay politicanin Gus Van Sant's new biopic Milk. TIME looks back at 80 years of "Based on the life of..." films.
When Japanese knuckleballer Eri Yoshida became the first woman drafted by a professional baseball team on Nov. 17, she joined an elite club of female athletes who have broken sport's gender barrier
The eggheads at MIT and Caltech have an illustrious history of upstaging rival schools and government officials
Nov. 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald at least, that's what the government wants us to think. A look at 10 of the world's most enduring conspiracy theories
TIME's annual alphabetical roundup of a sampling of those stories gives you an overview of the year behind and a hint of what might be in the one ahead.
A complete guide to the people, places and products that are changing our perception of luxury while influencing and inspiring savvy consumers around the world
On Nov. 15, Somali pirates seized a Saudi supertanker and $100 million worth of crude oil. TIME takes a look at the worst (or is it best?) pirates in history
The new First Family's codenames have been revealed. How do they stack up against some of history's better monikers?
Sometimes those purported to be the best and the brightest are anything but. In the spirit of not making the same mistakes twice, TIME examines some of modern history's less-than-fabulous Cabinet appointments
Nov. 17 marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of President Richard Nixon's his famous "I am not a crook" line at the height of the Watergate scandal. Flip through TIME's collection of other devastating political quotes
He's saved the world two dozen times, all the while flirting and cracking jokes, sipping martinis and playing cards. On the eve of Quantum of Solace, we take a look back at the age of Bond, James Bond
In the more than 20 years I've practiced orthopedic surgery, I have come to recognize some common problems that plague patients, many of which are generally preventable. Here are 10 pitfalls to avoid.
As the President-elect and his transition team think about whom to tap for top jobs in the Obama Administration, TIME looks back on a group of 20th-century Cabinet members who distinguished their offices
The Kennedy Center posthumously awarded this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to George Carlin. TIME takes a look at some of the legendary comedian's most memorable lines
On April 23 2009, Microsoft posted its first profit decline since the company went public in 1986. TIME looks back at some of Microsoft's biggest wins and its worst mistakes
There's no telling if the budding recovery in credit markets will stick, and at this point a recession appears all but certain. Here are 10 things to do right now to protect your financial future
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.