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Cover Stories

How to guard your guardians

by Bob Jones

Cover Story Sidebar | All states agree that parents can merely nominate guardians; the final appointment is up to the courts and the child-welfare bureaucracy. But family law…

Cover Stories

In Loco Parentis

by Bob Jones

Cover Story | A triple murder. A suicide. A 2-month-old orphan. A mentally ill mother caused the tragedy, but it took a state bureaucracy to turn tragedy into travesty. The…

In this issue: "Bureaucratic burial," June 29, 2002


They scream over ice cream

By Mindy Belz

Pakistan | Argument with an ice-cream man gives rise to blasphemy charges and lands two Pakistani Christians in prison. Why does this American ally in the war on terror…

From rogue to riches

By Mindy Belz

Sudan | Rebels in Sudan fight on after the Bush administration declares peace with a one-time enemy in the war on terrorism

Top News

By The Editors

This Week | The Top 5 news stories as measured by coverage in The Washington Post, USA Today, and NBC Nightly News over a one-week period from June 11 to 18

Cloture war

Cloning | Senate rejects Brownback amendment

Try, try again

By Tim Graham

Abortion | Partial-birth ban is rewritten and ready for action in July


In Brief

News highlights from around the world


He was a Depression-era kid, and he respected his job like a lot of people don't these days. Joe Buck in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on the work ethic of his…


We don't carry red tape Home Depot provided free lumber to help the Pentagon rebuild after the 9/11 attacks, but if Uncle Sam had tried to buy the goods, he…


Flash Traffic

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Flash Traffic | Political Buzz from Washington


The real abusers

By Joel Belz

Clergy abuse of bodies and minds is rooted in denial of truth

Independence years

By Marvin Olasky

Reforming the Social Security system is a moral issue

Dependence days

By Andrée Seu

As the pop-culture infotainers sedate us, we need Bible-based skepticism


Driven to read Andree Seu's June 1 column on busyness, "Death by detail," lay unread until I snatched a moment during a hectic car ride. As my husband…


Caesar's due

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | The state has a God-given authority of its own, and priests and pastors are not above the law of the land

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