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Cover Story

Cellblock campaign

Cellblock campaign

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | Sam Brownback launches an unorthodox presidential campaign in an unusual way-by spending a night in a prison cell

In this issue: "Cellblock campaign," Dec. 23, 2006

Features

Who owns the steeple?

Who owns the steeple?

By Edward E. Plowman

Religion | Litigation looms over church property as conservative congregations and dioceses consider leaving mainline denominations

Keeping tabs

Keeping tabs

By Priya Abraham

Russia | Clamping down on "foreign" influences, the Kremlin forces churches to report attendance and even cash donations

Still in service

Still in service

By Lynn Vincent

Compassion profiles | A Midwestern political junkie; a Ph.D. from Buffalo; a first-generation American born in East L.A. Three very different personalities traveled different roads…

House calls to the homeless

House calls to the homeless

By Noel Piper

Charity | Missionary doctor Ken McMillan is a one-man ministry among Native Americans in Minnesota

Homeward bound

By Jamie Dean

Military | Soldiers on leave find a place to relax at USO airport centers

Aped decision

Aped decision

By Mark Bergin

Law | Last year's judicial blow to intelligent design came straight from ACLU attorneys

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

The latest on the week's biggest stories

Pentagon attacked

Pentagon attacked

By Mindy Belz

This time, it's a 'radicalized evangelical' incursion

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Reviews

Apocalypse then

Apocalypse then

By Megan Basham

Movies | Apocalypto is an excellent film with an unpopular type of violence

Hard rocks

Hard rocks

By Priya Abraham

Movies | Blood Diamond takes a swipe at diamonds both clean and conflicted

One day at a time

One day at a time

By Mary Hopkins

Television | Day Break suffers from intense conflict, unsympathetic characters

Bestselling CDs

By The Beatles, Josh Groban, Il Divo, Bob Dylan & Daughtry

Notable CDs | Five bestselling internet albums according to Billboard magazine

Notebook

No easy cure

No easy cure

By Timothy Lamer

Money | Drug company comes up short on a pill for the love of money

Head of the class

Head of the class

By Mark Bergin

Sports | LaDainian Tomlinson could be the best running back ever-but he'd never say so

Voices

Far as the curse is found

Far as the curse is found

By Joel Belz

All brokenness is just a yardstick for the blessings of God

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

We shall have spring again

We shall have spring again

By Andrée Seu

The lifelong winter is giving way to everlasting Christmas

The mark of Cain

The mark of Cain

By Marvin Olasky

Louisiana warden would welcome a true exposé of his prison

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