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Cover Stories

Security breach

Security breach

by Timothy Lamer

Cover Story | A large, looming shortfall faces the Social Security system, and members of Congress have several options for dealing with it: cut and paste, tax and spend,

Cover Stories

Fertility trouble

by Timothy Lamer

Cover Story Sidebar | Politicians tend to talk about Social Security's shortfall as if it is a force of nature like a hurricane or a tornado, something that will happen independent…

Cover Stories

Crisis proportions

by Timothy Lamer

Cover Story Sidebar | In his State of the Union speech, President Bush was like the lookout man on the Titanic who yelled, "Iceberg, right ahead!" Unless Washington acts soon, he…

In this issue: "Social Security breach," Feb. 19, 2005

Features

Surgical strike

By Bob Jones

Politics | President's budget applies the first knife domestic spending has felt in years

Operation seduction

By Bob Jones

International | Europeans make nice with Condi in lead-up to Bush visit

From breadbasket to basket case

From breadbasket to basket case

By Priya Abraham

Africa | Waiting for tyranny to exhaust itself, Zimbabweans look next door

Tormented genius

Tormented genius

By Roberta Green Ahmanson

Culture | With paint as his medium, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio displayed the darkness of the human soul, but also the power and hope of forgiveness

From mental disorder to civil-rights cause

By Marvin Olasky

Interview | Psychiatrist and Princeton law professor traces the advances of the gay-rights agenda in science and the law to a common source: political intimidation

Abortion by race

Abortion by race

By Anthony Bradley

Politics | With two in five African-American pregnancies ending in abortion, are black voters beginning to look beyond loyalty to Democrats and vote pro-life?

Dispatches

Quotables

By The Editors

"First of all I'd like to thank God." New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch after he was named Super Bowl MVP. "I don't fathom the argument that…

From cupidity to treachery?

By Marvin Olasky

Several journalists have come under fire from the media for their lack of ethical standards, but CNN's Eason Jordan has not

The Buzz

By The Editors

White House President Bush continued his national campaign for Social Security reform, barnstorming through Pennsylvania and North Carolina on Feb. 10 to drum…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

In the driver's seat What Sgt. Jay Osga saw at about 1:30 a.m. gives new meaning to signs in car windows that read "Baby on Board." During the policeman's…

Reviews

Ray

By Andrew Coffin

Video | Jamie Foxx gives a career-making performance as music great Ray Charles

J.A.G. vs. N.C.I.S.

By Gene Edward Veith

Television | Although these two military shows sound like clones of each other, J.A.G. is far superior

Constantine

By Andrew Coffin

Movies | Full of biblical imagery, the latest Keanu Reeves film is a muddled jumble of supernatural spirituality

Bestselling books

By The Editors

Notable Books | The five bestselling hardback nonfiction books as of Feb. 7

Notebook

Money makers

Money makers

By Dan Perkins

Business | Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve raise interest rates again

Patriots reign

Patriots reign

By John Dawson

Sports | Conventional NFL wisdom would have dictated that coach Bill Belichick's assistants would have been hired away years ago

Voices

'Let there be wealth'

'Let there be wealth'

By Joel Belz

Social Security reform pits wealth creators against wealth dividers

Science's new heresy trial

By Gene Edward Veith

A Smithsonian-backed editor is defrocked by the priesthood of science for publishing an article on Intelligent Design

Eating as entertainment

Eating as entertainment

By Andrée Seu

Americans have the same problem with food that Imelda Marcos had with shoes

A tough test of citizenship

A tough test of citizenship

By Marvin Olasky

Let's welcome "true and patriotic" immigrants who arrive legally and wish to build up, rather than tear down, American culture

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters, feedback, etc.

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