President Obama, joined by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (third from left), Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (center) and various senior Defense Department and military officials, discusses the Defense Strategic Review and a military strategy that will include large defense cuts at the Pentagon on Thursday. (Associated Press)
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta stands by President Obama as he explains changes to military force and strategy that will result in the biggest defense cuts since the end of the Cold War. (Associated Press)
Newt Gingrich's girth surely could be a target in the race to be the Republican presidential nominee. Will it cost him? "Study after study after study shows the same thing. Weight bias is a highly prevalent form of discrimination, more common than other forms that have protection within our laws," says Yale University's Rebecca Puhl (Associated Press)
Artwork created by former patients is on display in the building's seven museum rooms, which also exhibit the superintendent's books and nurses' logs. They have to be put away in winter, when the unheated building is cold and damp. (Associated Press)
Heather Goode served then candidate Barack Obama a slice of pie and a cup of tea when he stopped at the Smokey Row Coffee House while campaigning in late 2007. Iowans have rubbed elbows with many candidates over the years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
Theater: Dr. Dolittle
When Hugh Lofting was fighting for the Irish Guard in World War I, he could not bring himself to write to his children about the horrors of war. Instead, he told them about a doctor who treated only animals. These letters became the basis for the Doctor Dolittle series and the inspiration for Janet Stanford´s production of Dr. Dolittle, which tells the classic tale through a Lewis Carroll-like double-world in which Lofting´s letters are acted out by soldiers with animallike qualities.
Protesters interrupt Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul as he delivers a speech highlighting veterans at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA, Wednesday, December 28, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)