updated 11/29/2005 11:08:50 AM ET 2005-11-29T16:08:50

Still full from a weekend of turkey, the President returns to Washington today trying to avoid a meal of a less flavorful bird--crow.

Calls for an exit plan or complete withdrawal are growing louder, and it seems that the "stay the course" mantra is no longer a sufficient answer on the Hill.

Yet the White House seems to only have one response for critics--you supported us two years ago, therefore you are a hypocrite.  For example, Senator Joe Biden published a three step plan for withdrawal this weekend in the Washington Post, and the White House then released a memo entitled "Setting the Record Straight" which pointed out that Biden endorsed the President's plan at one point.

There was a time when I wanted a mullet.  That doesn't make it right.

We'll be joined by Jonathan Alter and John Fund today for a conversation about the end game in Iraq.

And we'll also take on a new trend in marketing--bringing the Bible to pop culture.  Do "60 Second Bibles" and Bible dolls bring a new audience to faith, or do they just cheapen and dumb down religion?

Also, with Black Friday behind them now, retailers are pinning new hopes on online sales today--the day that some are calling Cyber Monday.  Online sales are expected to increase 25 percent over last year, and today will likely be the busiest day for internet shopping.

Did you know that you can save up to 70%, and sometimes more, by shopping online?  And you also get to avoid all of those lines and crowds.

I remember Christmas shopping back in Cleveland.  We would search for a parking spot at the mall for nearly an hour and end up parked about a mile from the store entrance.  Then, burdened with shopping bags and slipping and sliding on the ice, we'd have to hunt to find the car later.

Those days are over.

There are other advantages to online shopping, as well.  For example, you can frequently find clearance sales or discounts on a store's online site that are not available in the bricks and mortar store.  Or, you'll find unique merchandise that is exclusively online.

Wal-Mart has a $10,000 yellow diamond ring on its website.  If you have that kind of money to drop on a ring, chances are you're not shopping at Wal-Mart, but you get the picture.

There are essentially three kinds of shopping sites.  You have the retailers like Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, etc.  Then, you have wholesale sites like Overstock.com that sell the excess merchandise from retailers at a discount.  Finally, the new generation of shopping sites--sites that hunt to find bargains.  At Shopzilla.com, for example, you would type in a search for the item you want to buy and they provide a list of the best prices on the Internet.

I'll talk about online shopping today.  In the meantime, check out a few of my favorite sites:

Overstock.com: A wholesale website that sells products from other merchandisers at a deep discount.  Everything from cashmere sweaters to Persian rugs to vacation packages.  And the best part:  Standard shipping is just $2.95, no matter what you buy.

Smartbargains.com: Not as much stuff as Overstock, but great deals and known for being user friendly.  They don't hassle you on returns.

Pricerunner.com: This is a bargain finder.  You can literally type in "I-Pod" and it will find you all the lowest prices on the Web.  It even warns you if a retailer is a little bit undependable.

Shopzilla.com:  This one also locates the best prices on a product on the Web.  It finds good deals, but also gives you user ratings and some information about the merchant before you buy.

Bluefly.com:  I am mentioning this one because it is so popular and so many of my friends use it, but I am not a fan.  It's great for finding serious labels--Dolce & Gabanna, Prada, but good luck finding your size.  Serious clearance sale feeling but an occasional bargain.

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