Editor’s Note: Because we've been publishing more stories, some readers say they miss some that fly by. So, each month, we'll point out some special stories from the previous month.

Here is a selection from January 2009, focusing on the end of the Bush era and the start of the Obama era:

"Pity the Poor Neocons," by Robert Parry, looking at their slide from grace. (January 2, 2009)

"WPost Columnist Excuses Torture," by David Swanson, cataloguing the excuses for torture. (January 4, 2009)

"Israel's Looming Catastrophe" by Robert Parry, warning of Israel's dangerous course. (January 4, 2009)

"Bush Spins Scandalous Neglect of Vets” by Jason Leopold, noting George W. Bush's lies about veteran care. (January 6, 2009)

"WPost Finds Second Side to Gaza War" by Robert Parry, observing some journalistic one-sidedness. (January 8, 2009)

"Obama Picks a Conscience for CIA" by Ray McGovern, praising the selection of Leon Panetta. (January 8, 2009)

"How the CIA Handles the WPost" by Melvin A. Goodman, describing high-level media manipulation. (January 9, 2009)

"WPost Flacks Again for Bush's Crimes" by Robert Parry, recounting another example of media bias. (January 10, 2009)

"An Empire That America Can't Afford" by Ivan Eland, measuring the cost of America's unipolar moment. (January 13, 2009)

"Bush's Deficit May Doom America" by Robert Higgs, examining the danger for the soaring federal debt. (January 15, 2009)

"What's CIA Director Hayden Hidin'" by Ray McGovern, noting the pressure on Barack Obama not to look at torture. (January 15, 2009)

"Is Israel's Gaza War a New War Crime?" by Dennis Bernstein, examining the nature of war on a trapped population. (January 17, 2009)

"Bush's Only Gift to America" by Robert Parry, noting the bad ideas that George W. Bush has discredited. (January 17, 2009)

"Bush Sets New Standards for Failure" by Brent Budowsky, observing Bush's extraordinary incompetence. (January 18, 2009)

"Dangerous Words: War on Terror” by Christiane Brown, warning how words can lead to catastrophe. (January 19, 2009)

"Historical Mystery of Bush's Presidency," by Robert Parry, raising the question of how Bush got to lead the United States. (January 20, 2009)

"Jimmy Carter's Wise Counsel” by Ivan Eland, noting how the former President got things right. (January 21, 2009)

"Obama Frees Bush Historical Records” by Robert Parry, explaining one of Barack Obama's first acts as President. (January 22, 2009)

"A Different March on Washington” by Michael Winship, marveling at the spirit around Obama's inauguration. (January 24, 2009)

"George W. Bush's Sci-Fi Disaster” by Robert Parry, comparing Bush's arrival and departure with a disaster movie. (January 24, 2009)

"GOP Schools Obama on Partisanship” by Robert Parry, citing the evidence of Republican obstructionism. (January 29, 2009)

"The Bad Bank v. Good Bank Option" by Brian Barger, weighing the choices on solving the American bank crisis. (January 30, 2009)

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