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Cover Stories

Speaking the new language of politics

by The Editors

Cover Story | Poor Missouri. Despite boasting more than one-fourth of the total delegates up for grabs on Feb. 3, the Show Me State couldn't get a single candidate to show…

Cover Stories

IT'S KERRY'S RACE TO LOSE

by Bob Jones

Cover Story | John Kerry remains the front-runner, but because of John Edwards's strong showing in South Carolina and surprise finish in Oklahoma-earning the title…

In this issue: "John Kerry: On a roll," Feb. 14, 2004

Features

Religion

By Edward E. Plowman

National | Tar heels dug in For years, liberals in the 2.4 million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have chafed at scrutiny by The Layman, the conservative newspaper…

Sports

By John Dawson

National | Tossed salad Famed college basketball coach Bob Knight has waged verbal war with media, fans, and school officials in just about every imaginable venue. So…

'They will press ahead ... or give their lives trying'

By Mindy Belz

International | IRAQ: Even as the president OKs a probe of "intelligence failures" over Saddam's WMDs, Iraqi Kurds-victimized by weapons now believed not to exist-lose even…

The circle of war

International | AFGHANISTAN: U.S. casualties rise again but so does military optimism

Risking the roadmap

By Mindy Belz

International | ISRAEL: Sharon settlements bombshell could topple his government, bring new violence, or ... it just might work

The new persecutors

By Priya Abraham

International | SPECIAL REPORT: Many countries outlaw minority religions and jail their adherents. Yet somehow they manage to avoid the stigma of appearing on the U.S.

Five for fighting

By Priya Abraham

International | Eritrea About half the population is Christian, but only Muslims, Orthodox Christians, Catholics and members of the Evangelical Church may worship without…

'Disgusted' Cuban-Americans expose Bush's vulnerabilities

By Mindy Belz

National | If there's one thing Bush-Cheney '04 would like to script into this calliope of an election season, it'd be this: a win in Florida. But if the president's…

Dispatches

The Buzz

By The Editors

POLITICS Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) last week received the backing of the 1.3 millionÐmember American Federation of Teachers. The big union endorsement…

May in Massachusetts: Ruling may light a fire under President Bush

By Marvin Olasky

My way or the highway! The great and powerful Oz (a.k.a. the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court) has spoken! The high court ruled on Feb. 4 that only full…

Blogwatch

By The Editors

The Super Bowl of online punditry In the heat of the primary season, the big news of the week turned out to be the Super Bowl halftime show. Mickey Kaus…

Quicktakes

By The Editors

Falling Boulder Many American schools have sponsored pro-gay speakers, allowed pro-gay art displays, and sanctioned clubs called "Gay-Straight Alliances." But…

Quotables

By The Editors

"It was the finale of something that was offensive." FCC chairman Michael Powell, arguing that the entire Super Bowl halftime show "really crossed a heinous…

Mailbag

By The Editors

Truth in labeling "Lawmakers, lawbreakers" (Jan. 17) was excellent. The bishops should excommunicate politicians and others who support abortion and refuse to…

Reviews

Pop singers: Idol; Songwriters: Idle

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | American Idol, now in its third season, kicked off a concept-a combination of Star Search, Amateur Hour, and The Gong Show-that has proven to be enormously…

Fox's big, fat Greek drama? 24 is real-time TV

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | For the Greeks and Romans, drama had to follow rules. Violence could not be shown onstage. Characters must be treated with proper decorum. And, most…

Baptist brawl

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | Baylor's old guard doesn't like president Robert Sloan's attempt to integrate faith and learning, but his plan may save the university from intellectual…

Voices

Intel outside

By Andrée Seu

Our national security depends on having more "human intelligence" based on foreign languages and customs-and we had better hurry

Doubts about "W"

By Joel Belz

But perhaps the uncertainty is what an election year is all about

Teach the 10

By Marvin Olasky

Display? Of course. But the real goal should be to have the law of God written on our hearts

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