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Cover Story

2006 News of the Year

Cover Story | A look at the stories that shaped the past year

In this issue: "News of the Year," Dec. 30, 2006

Features

Departures

Departures

News of the Year | June Allyson, 88, July 8-sunny, raspy-voiced actress who played the "perfect wife" of James Stewart, Van Johnson, and other movie heroes in 1940s and '50s…

Transitions

Transitions

News of the Year | He came to embody not only the deteriorating situation in Iraq but the squandered political fortunes of the Republican Party at home. So within hours of the…

End of story

End of story

News of the Year | After 76 years of running with the big boys, Pluto's failure to "clear its neighborhood" (as astronomers might say) ultimately led to its demotion from one of…

New day

New day

News of the Year | Justice Samuel Alito (pictured) joined the Supreme Court in January. Though he may not be joined by another Bush nominee, he still makes the court more…

Dogs that did not bark

Dogs that did not bark

News of the Year | And what more shall we say? For time would fail us to tell of storms withheld, terror strikes averted, pandemics not unleashed, and innocents snatched from…

He who digs a pit falls into it

He who digs a pit falls into it

News of the Year | In another age, Michael Richards would still be a comedian and Virginia Sen. George Allen would still be a powerful politician. But when Richards fell into a…

Democracy

Democracy

News of the Year | When November 2004 postelection analysis pinpointed religious folks as a key swing bloc that had swung even further to the right, Democrats quickly set out to…

Defiance

Defiance

News of the Year | At 10:36 in the morning local time Oct. 9, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test in a mountainous area northeast of Pyongyang. The U.S. Geological…

Wars and rumors of war

Wars and rumors of war

News of the Year | In Iraq there are the stories that are told and those that are not

Dispatches

The Buzz

The latest on the week's biggest stories

Cruel & unusual?

Cruel & unusual?

By Cal Thomas

Justice against killers may go the way of rights for the unborn

Columnists

Any new recipes?

By Joel Belz

Without them, experts are left to humble pie

Hello hardship, my old friend

Hello hardship, my old friend

By Marvin Olasky

Pain and suffering are the gifts that keep on giving

Epiphany Magic

Epiphany Magic

By Bill Boyd

Americans in 2007 and the wandering Magi have much in common

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

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