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Cover Story

NICE TRY

NICE TRY

by Bob Jones

Cover Story | Concerned about scaring off swing voters, Democrats - mostly - put on a friendly face at their national convention

In this issue: "Democrats are all smiles," Aug. 7, 2004

Features

Marabout face

Marabout face

By Courtney Russell

Religion | A different kind of Islam dominates the West African nation of Senegal, where voodoo is a regular part of life

Trafficking cop

Trafficking cop

By Priya Abraham

International | Prosecutions against international slave traders are up three-fold in the last three years, and even some liberal human-rights activists give credit to…

Status symbols

By Mark Bergin

Politics | Activists are trying to revoke the tax-exempt status of churches involved in politics-conservative politics, that is

Science's fairy tales

By John Dawson

Science | BIOETHICS: Emotional appeals, sympathetic victims shroud the stem-cell debate

Aborted language

Aborted language

By Lynn Vincent

Abortion | ABORTION: Does the Democratic platform read pro-lifers out of the party?

Dispatches

Sister act

Sister act

By Mindy Belz

John Kerry's sister works for President Bush as a salaried State Department employee assigned to the U.S. Mission to the UN

The Buzz

Politics Democrats gathered in Boston last week to nominate John Kerry for president. Although nearly two million fewer viewers watched this year's event,

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Morbid message Pranksters in Nigeria seem to have accomplished what movie theater managers cannot: They persuaded a large number of people to turn off their…

Quotables

Quotables

"I think he should be put in a timeout." Twelve-year-old Ilana Wexler, the youngest speaker at last week's Democratic National Convention, on Vice President…

Notebook

Business

Business

By Dan Perkins

Business | Adolph Coors and Molson plan to combine two century-old, family-run breweries to create the world's fifth-largest beermaker

Sports

Sports

By John Dawson

Sports | During the final days of his sixth Tour de France victory, Lance Armstrong left open the possibility he might skip next year's race

Technology

Technology

By Chris Stamper

Technology | Spyware is catching up with spam as the internet's biggest annoyance

Voices

Required reading

Required reading

By Joel Belz

Voters should know the contents of The 9/11 Commission Report

Mailbag

Ray of hope I read the Summer Books Issue, (July 3/10) as soon as it arrived, and it was right on! As a 16-year-old reading addict, I have been disappointed…

House of mourning

House of mourning

By Andrée Seu

Funerals are opportunities to hear the best, and worst, of theology

Glorious Greece

By Marvin Olasky

Uncommon displays of God's common grace abound in Athens

Hearts of stone

Hearts of stone

By Gene Edward Veith

Millions of Americans accept that life begins at conception and still support legalized abortion

Culture

Virtual smite

By Jamie Dean

Culture | The "Christian game market" heads toward an edgier, more-violent style

Bourne again

Bourne again

By Andrew Coffin

Movies | Director Paul Greengrass brings a grittiness that serves as a nice contrast to overproduced action extravaganzas of recent years

Knowledge in jeopardy

Knowledge in jeopardy

By Gene Edward Veith

Television | Ken Jennings, who is being called the Michael Jordan of game shows, claims 38th straight win on Jeopardy!

Best-selling books

Notable Books | The top five best-selling novels as of July 25

Coughing up a hairball

Coughing up a hairball

By Gene Edward Veith

Movies | Halle Berry's lines are so lame that she cannot even deliver the repartee ("Cat got your tongue?") without self-conscious awkwardness

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