Table of Contents

Cover Story

For better or for worse

For better or for worse

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | Big spenders who run away from war and immigration reform-and that's just the Republicans. If the choices in this season's elections look bewildering and the…

In this issue: "Red & blue all over," Sept. 23, 2006

Features

Conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories

By Mindy Belz

Entertainment | They may explain political protest of ABC's 9/11 film but rarely describe how networks work

Low fidelity

Low fidelity

By Priya Abraham

AIDS | International experts deride U.S. abstinence-based fight against AIDS while local experts say it's working

Balmer's lament

Balmer's lament

By Marvin Olasky

Interview | How others see us: An evangelical liberal lashes out at the religious right

Battle ready

By Cal Thomas

Election '06 | In Oval Office interview, President Bush defends his Iraq strategy and dismisses Democratic hopes for victory in November

Taking it to the states

By Jamie Dean

Election '06 | Democrats hold just a 21-seat advantage nationwide in state legislatures-a less glamorous but fertile ground for parties, voters, and local lawmakers seeking…

Washington wobble

Washington wobble

By Mark Bergin

Election '06 | A 13-year-old DUI arrest has marred the chances of a pro-abortion Republican to unseat a pro-war incumbent Democrat

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

The latest on the week's biggest stories

Walking by sight

Walking by sight

By Mindy Belz

Al-Qaeda takes the guesswork out of war

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Reviews

Baylor boot

Baylor boot

By Mark Bergin

Education | Academia is no friend to conservative Christian views-even at a Southern Baptist university

Skeptic vs. mystic: It's Sophie's choice

Skeptic vs. mystic: It's Sophie's choice

By Arsenio Orteza

Movies | The Illusionist will draw in viewers and keep them debating

Daily grind

Daily grind

By Priya Abraham

Movies | An intimate view of Iraq brings hardships closer

A rocky path

A rocky path

By John Dawson

Television | Docudrama tells a story that Clinton-era officials still want to avoid

Bestselling books

By Scott Smith, George Pelecanos, Sara Gruen & Anna Quindlen

Notable Books | Four bestselling hardback novels

Notebook

Bush league decision?

Bush league decision?

By John Dawson

Sports | Houston takes heat over draft choice

Whose to give?

By Timothy Lamer

Money | Reform law may bar Chapter 13 filers from tithing

Voices

Missionary maps

Missionary maps

By Joel Belz

Enlarge these diagrams and stretch the vision of young Christians

Nutty professor

By Gene Edward Veith

Once-respectable publisher prints conspiracy theorist's wild accusations

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

The vanishing schoolboy

The vanishing schoolboy

By Janie B. Cheaney

The educational neglect of young men will not be without consequence

Corruption and providence

Corruption and providence

By Marvin Olasky

The rest of the story of an ex-governor's sentencing

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