It’s that time of year, folks, whether you’re trying to find the cheapest apple pie in the grocery store or battling parents for the last Turboman doll at a toy store, Phil and Cooper have a show for you! What’s on the horizon for the Middle East in the new year? What about Congress, and the presidential elections? And how about some year-end predictions from some of Al-Monitor’s columnists and contributors? Also, John McLaughlin rises again, and more surprises!