{FD} Al Franken drags out Senate departure, only mentions ‘transition’ after replacement named

Despite his replacement being appointed earlier this week, Al Franken has not yet to said when he’ll empty his Capitol Hill office and return to Minnesota, as he vowed after his Dec.7 resignation speech on the Senate floor.

{FD} Scott Peterson: 15 years later, a look back at a case that gripped a nation

Fifteen years ago this Christmas Eve, the nation turned its eyes and attention to Modesto, Calif., where 27-year old Laci Peterson, 8 months pregnant and ready to welcome her unborn son she had named Conner, had seemingly vanished.

{FD} How to talk politics at your family Christmas gathering

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, everywhere we go, from the sight of inflatable reindeer on the neighbor’s lawn to the thought of Cousin Eddie in a dickey, drinking egg nog and talking politics at Christmas dinner.

{FD} University president: We know your kids are drinking and we need your help

This is the time of year when many college students return home to see family and friends, and to face nosy but well-meaning questions about school. Just as everyone at the holiday table will press them for information, students will be trying to assert some independence.