Throughout America's history, there have been some years that simply rolled into the next without much notice or fanfare. Then there are the years that come along once in a generation -- the kind that mark a clean break from a troubled past, and set a new course for our nation.


This is one of those years.


We start 2009 in the midst of a crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetime -- a crisis that has only deepened over the last few weeks. Nearly two million jobs have now been lost, and on Friday we are likely to learn...

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