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Cover Story


by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | COVER STORY: War stories from Iraq in their own words-American soldiers' diaries and America's wounded heroes

In this issue: "Soldiers in harm’s way," Nov. 15, 2003


Bowl crisis system

By John Dawson

National | VIRGINIA TECH'S THROTTLING of Miami on Nov. 1 ensured another controversial year for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), college football's method of picking…


By John Dawson

National | More and more, even casual NBA fans are tuning into the LeBron-a-thon as the ready-made star finally takes his game to the hardwood and not just Madison…

Around the horn

By John Dawson

National | Knee tendinitis and persistent criticism didn't keep rap star Sean Combs, called "P. Diddy" in the hip-hop community, from completing the New York City…

The Blaine game

By Jennifer Marshall

National | THE BANE OF BLAINE FELL MAINLY ON THE PLAINS-and spread from there to dominate the national debate over church-state relations today. In 1875, James G.

Friend and foe

By Jennifer Marshall

National | You can tell a man by his enemies," says Lance Izumi, Director of Education Studies at the Pacific Research Institute. Education reformers like Mr. Izumi took…

Report card

By Jennifer Marshall

National | Tightened visa procedures for foreign students have slowed the rate of growth in the number of international students attending U.S. colleges, according to a…

Duck and cover

By Bob Jones

National | TEN COMMANDMENTS: The Supreme Court refused the Alabama Ten Commandments case, but with about two dozen similar cases unresolved across the country, the court…

Baptism by fire

By Lynn Vincent

National | WILDFIRES: Southern California churches add a little "shoe leather" to their faith by pitching in to help disaster victims

The last straw?

By Edward E. Plowman

National | RELIGION: After months of unheeded warnings, liberal Episcopal churchmen consecrate openly gay bishop Gene Robinson; conservatives in the ECUSA now have the…

Name dropping: Episcopal school weighing a change

National | Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry, a refuge for conservative seminary students, may change its name. "We would just drop the word Episcopal from our name,"

Hands off: Florida consecration illustrates depth of frustration

National | It was a cross between a coronation and a wedding. A musical prelude. The brass quartet played "Marche Royale." An acolyte in white robes swung high the…

Three for three

By The Editors

National | POLITICS: After two key statewide elections on Nov. 4, the GOP now has a perfect record in gubernatorial races this year. It's an early test of a Democratic…

The solid South? GOP eyes open Senate seats to boost majority

By Bob Jones

National | Some weeks, nothing seems to go right. It's as true for political parties as it is for individuals: The Democrats, already faced with the prospect of losing…



By The Editors

IRAQ WAR Attacks on American forces and Iraqi allies continued during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. In the most deadly single attack on U.S. forces,

Matrix devolutions

By Andrew Coffin

If the final episode in the Matrix trilogy were a lot more coherent, one might feel some pressure to make sense of the Wachowski Brothers' epic. As it stands,


By The Editors

Saddam's Somalia strategy? Some leftist bloggers are attempting to label combatants in Iraq as "insurgents" instead of "terrorists" as long as they target…

Quick Takes

A doll with an attitude Here's a stocking stuffer that only political animals could love: the Ann Coulter talking action figure. The collectible doll comes…


It's a racist symbol, but I also think the Democratic Party has to be a big tent. Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, defending his comment that he…

Statistical oversight

By Joel Belz

Relying on the wrong numbers, in baseball and other areas of life, can lead to the wrong conclusions


Spitting image

By Andrée Seu

It's in community with others-such as Terri Schiavo-that we bear God's image and experience the fullness of being human

Getting their goat

By Marvin Olasky

While millions of Indians sacrifice animals to placate mythical gods, a California group is pointing them to the Light of the world


Faithful servant I met Paul McNulty at my first Christian Legal Society national conference in 1987 and am delighted that our paths have crossed occasionally…


Brand names

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | Taking pop culture to a new level, some Americans are naming their children after consumer products

Good writer, bad director

By Andrew Coffin

Culture | Richard Curtis knows how to make love seem important. He's also quite funny, and these are both admirable qualities for a screenwriter specializing in…

Hatchet job axed

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | The CBS miniseries The Reagans stirred up so much controversy that studio heads backed down. Following the postmodern assumption that it's OK to make up…

Oh, brother

By Andrew Coffin

Culture | Ignore, for a minute, the ridiculously romanticized view of "Native American" culture. Forget about the watered-down mysticism, animism, and nature worship.

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