Table of Contents

Cover Story

Sparks fly

Sparks fly

by John Dawson

Cover Story | She survived 20 weeks and 74 million votes to win the biggest U.S. music competition, but does American Idol 2007 winner Jordin Sparks have what it takes to…

In this issue: "Ideal Idol," June 2, 2007

Features

Deal or no deal?

Deal or no deal?

By Mark Bergin

Immigration | A backroom compromise on immigration reform has outraged lawmakers and citizens of every political stripe

'Weird and wonderful'

'Weird and wonderful'

By Marvin Olasky

Interview | Writer Zev Chafets explores the controversial love-hate relationship between Jews and evangelicals

Ready or not

Ready or not

By Mindy Belz

Middle East | Lebanese are nothing if not used to bombs and rubble, but a new same old conflict is underway

Casino combat

Casino combat

By Russ Pulliam

Culture | Gambling opponent Tom Grey fields a small coalition that's slowing the spread of big-time gaming

Human catastrophe

Human catastrophe

By Lynde Langdon

Public Health | Far from going the way of the sanitarium and the tenement house, tuberculosis has found a drug-resistant new life of its own

Dispatches

Quotables

Memorable things they said

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

Turning right

Turning right

By Cal Thomas

Polls show Olmert sinking and Netanyahu rising

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Reviews

Third time's a dud

Third time's a dud

By Priya Abraham

Movies | Once upon a time Shrek's fairy tale genre was fresh

All in the family

All in the family

By John Dawson

Movies | Deadpan routine returns in The Wendell Baker Story

No joy

No joy

By John Dawson

Video | Try to romanticize a post-hippie reunion

Bestselling CDs

By Simply Red, George Benson & Al Jarreau, Norman Brown, Kenny G & Dave Koz

Notable CDs | Five best-selling contemporary jazz albums according to Billboard

Notebook

Fast turns

Fast turns

By John Dawson

Sports | The Floyd Landis doping case takes a bizarre path

Millions served

Millions served

By Edward E. Plowman

Religion | China: Publisher picks up pace to meet rising demand for Bibles

Voices

The new rules

The new rules

By Joel Belz

Campaign 2008 | Two predictions about this unprecedented presidential campaign

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

A symbol of glory

A symbol of glory

By Andrée Seu

One woman says yes to God

Writes of passage

Writes of passage

By Janie B. Cheaney

The SAT and ACT are the major factor in whether students are accepted to the university of their choice

It's a big world, after all

It's a big world, after all

By Marvin Olasky

Religious and cultural differences are on the rise

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