Table of Contents

Cover Story

Heartland hustle

Heartland hustle

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | In a wide-open field, Iowa state fair and straw poll are fertile ground for lesser-known GOP candidates

In this issue: "All's fair at the fair," Aug. 25, 2007

Features

Picks, pans, and peculiarities

Picks, pans, and peculiarities

Culture | Reviews: A fanciful portrait of Alaska and two fanciful attacks on Christianity

One-man offensive

One-man offensive

By Lynn Vincent

Military | Attorney activist Mikey Weinstein is making war on evangelicals-and the Pentagon

Crisis averted

Crisis averted

By Mark Bergin

Education | Baylor avoids repeating an anti-ID purge from years before

Fields of drama

By Marvin Olasky

New York Journal | Shakespeare in the park, in the parking lot, on the run...

Brand Beckham

Brand Beckham

By Priya Abraham

Sports | The world's best-known soccer player breathes life into the U.S. game

Business proposition

By Paul Chesser

Thailand | To persuade women to leave Bangkok's sex trade, ministries look for economic incentives along with spiritual care

Arrests and accusations

By Jill Nelson

Egypt | A once protected-and ancient-Christian community in Egypt faces new threats

Dispatches

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

Boy Genius retires

Boy Genius retires

By Marvin Olasky

Karl Rove reimagined politics but not governance

Reviews

Becoming fiction

Becoming fiction

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Jane Austen flick makes fans want more of . . . her novels

Stardust gazing

Stardust gazing

By Megan Basham

Movies | This fairy tale is for adults only

Broken again

Broken again

By Priya Abraham

Movies | Take off on Ten Commandments only proves them right

Noteworthy CDs

By James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Kingston Trio: Nick, Bob & John, John McLaughlin & Loudon Wainwright III

Notable CDs | Five noteworthy new releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Notebook

Bugged out

By Daniel James Devine

Science | More oxygen means bigger bugs

Get serious

Get serious

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Fans want athletes to quit fixing games and start fixing cheating

Voices

Finding a front-runner

Finding a front-runner

By Joel Belz

Campaign 2008 | Are we already tired of '08 favorites?

Shock reporters

Shock reporters

By Janie B. Cheaney

Controversy surrounds recent series of articles in The New Republic

Not time to worry yet

Not time to worry yet

By Andrée Seu

Trust Jesus one more day, and one more day

The August drumbeat

The August drumbeat

By Marvin Olasky

Whose agenda matters most? Mine, yours, or God's?

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

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