Table of Contents

Cover Story

Pigging out

Pigging out

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | Democrats promised to change the practice of earmarking, and they have made some reforms. But Congress continues to produce massive amounts of pork, and…

In this issue: "Our pork," Dec. 8, 2007

Features

Vacant Lott

Vacant Lott

By Jamie Dean

Politics | No. 2 Senate Republican becomes No. 6 to head for the exit door. Why the GOP exodus?

Common word game

Common word game

By Mark Bergin

Islam | An effort for Muslim-Christian harmony says both religions can unite around a love of God-but which God?

The good jihad

The good jihad

By Priya Abraham

Books | Noted companion of persecuted believers, Brother Andrew has another way to fight terrorism

'Higher peace' dividends

'Higher peace' dividends

By Susan Olasky

Kenya | Counseling center helps African women overcome the effects of poverty, war, and disease-and produce beautiful holiday products

Separate and unequal

Separate and unequal

By Marvin Olasky

Interview | Author Rodney Stark compares world religions and finds they are not all the same

All or nothing

All or nothing

By Jill Nelson

Israel | Israelis and Palestinians leave Annapolis pledged to negotiate but without making needed compromises

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

Handicapping the GOP race

Handicapping the GOP race

By Marvin Olasky

Romney, Thompson falter in YouTube debate

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Notebook

Green makeover

Green makeover

By Edward E. Plowman

Religion | ORU reforms prompt billionaire to give millions

King of Queens

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Daniel Kanyaruhuru says the suffering of his past has made him a better runner and a better person

Columnists

Practical atheism

Practical atheism

By Joel Belz

Denials of God can be so quiet that they are easy to miss

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

Oh, for a thousand tongues

By Andrée Seu

Celebrating the 18th born child of Mrs. Susanna Wesley

Broken compass

Broken compass

By Janie B. Cheaney

Emails have been warning Christians to shun The Golden Compass because the author is a dedicated atheist with an avowed goal of "destroying God"

Liar, lunatic, Lord?

Liar, lunatic, Lord?

By Marvin Olasky

A careful reading knocks out the "it's propaganda" option, too

Culture

Grey's fantasy

By Megan Basham

Television | A popular drama buys into feminist sexuality and loses ratings

Enchanting film

Enchanting film

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Disney musical offers a genuine defense of marital love

Troubled teen

Troubled teen

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Juno captures the awkward development of teen maturity

Noteworthy CDs

By Gene Clark with Carla Olson, Miles Davis, Bo Diddley, Love & Various artists

Notable CDs | Five noteworthy reissues reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

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