This x That:
- Canada announces plans to withdraw from Kyoto Protocol, becoming first nation to do so; decision may be tied to “booming oil sands sector.”
- NATO sets December 31st as end date for training mission in Iraq.
- Newt Gingrich, who reportedly cheated on his first two wives, signs the Family Leader’s controversial fidelity pledge.
- Rick Perry’s latest gaffe: Mispronounces “Solyndra,” calls it a “country.”
- Lawmaker furious at Lowe’s for pulling ads from All-American Muslim; company kinda-sorta apologizes, but won’t reinstate ads; Russell Simmons buys All-American Muslim spots, tells Lowe’s to keep its money.
- New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and former Russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin vie for support of anti-Putin protesters.
- North Korea threatens South with “unexpected consequences” over Christmas lights display near border.
- Latest Chris Paul trade deal falls apart.
- James Sallis has written a sequel to Drive.
- James Franco reviewed Breaking Dawn for The Paris Review.
- NewsFeed: Recep Tayyip Erdogan: People’s Choice for TIME’s 2011 Person of the Year.
- Tea x Time List: Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks of 2011.
- Above: From Kelly McCollam’s Salt of the Earth: Van Gogh’s Starry Night recreated with spices and food coloring.