Table of Contents

Cover Story

Sarah surge

Sarah surge

by Mark Bergin

Cover Story | Months and months into our long presidential campaign, a small-town hockey mom turns establishment politics on its head. Those who know her best say Americans…

In this issue: "Northern light," Sept. 20, 2008

Features

Forecast: High pressure system

Forecast: High pressure system

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Palin and Gustav take Republican convention by storm, but political experts say it will take hurricane strength for McCain ticket to weather the general…

The other candidates

The other candidates

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Third-party contenders appear ready to fight on

The weathermen

The weathermen

By Mark Bergin

Campaign Issues | Obama and McCain both think they can curb climate change, but their environmental policies are not identical

Cleaning up the mess

Cleaning up the mess

By Lynn Vincent

Disaster | Gulf Coast storm survivors have a different idea of devastation since Hurricane Katrina

Let's make a deal

Let's make a deal

By Jill Nelson

Middle East | It's U.S. military action in Iraq that holds the main stage, but elsewhere in the region dealmaking is breaking out

Aftershocks

Aftershocks

By Tom Pfingsten

China | World attention turns to Beijing but Sichuan quake victims struggle toward recovery

He who hesitates is saved

He who hesitates is saved

By Marvin Olasky

Health | September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and a grisly statistic is in the news: Some 32,000 Americans kill themselves in a typical year, about twice…

Elections and your investments

Elections and your investments

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | The market already is calibrating itself to a new presidency

'Locavores' rising

'Locavores' rising

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | The Slow Food movement gains adherents

Parting ways

By Rusty Leonard and Warren Cole Smith

Charity | With latest United Way scandal, cracks in century-old cooperative become gaps

Houses of God

Houses of God

Houses of God | Tree limbs and part of the church bell tower facade lie around the grounds of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church after Hurricane Gustav stormed through Houma,

Shades of 1828

Shades of 1828

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | This isn't the first time cultural differences have loomed large in a presidential campaign

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Russian reprise

By Mindy Belz

International | Do Putin and Medvedev have their eyes on other prizes?

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | RESIGNED: After only a year at the helm, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda announced Sept. 1 he is resigning. The 72-year-old leader, who succeeded Shinzo…

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Notebook

History repeats

History repeats

By John Dawson

Sports | It's hard to imagine an unlikelier hero for the New England Patriots than Matt Cassel

Culture

Notable CDs

By Various ensembles, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marek Konstantynowicz, Cikada Ensemble, Norwegian Radio Orchestra & Joan Lippincott

Notable CDs | Four new or recent classical CDs reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Brothers grim

Brothers grim

By Megan Basham

Movies | Joel and Ethan Coen take their misanthropy to another level

A world apart

A world apart

By Sam Thielman

Television | Fringe has all the strangeness of a J.J. Abrams series

Puerile and Pro-Life

Puerile and Pro-Life

By Kenan Minkoff

Television | South Park crudely slays liberal views

Teenage trash

Teenage trash

By Megan Basham

Television | Struggling CW tries to sell sex again with its new 90210

Belief matters

Belief matters

By Stan Oakes

Books | "Moral freedom" may leave nothing left to lose

Western ties

Western ties

By David Tubbs

Books | Jay Winik captures the splendor and sordidness of the "old order"

Notable books

By Jennifer Haigh, David Wroblewski, Nicola Upson & Julia Spencer-Fleming

Notable Books | Four recent novels of mystery and misery reviewed by Susan Olasky

Doubter's prison

Doubter's prison

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Faith is reasonable, say authors J.P. Moreland and Klaus Issler, and Christians need not wallow in lack of confidence or lack of belief

Glen again

Glen again

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Campbell successfully covers a surprising list of songs

Ireland and beyond

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Faith of Our Fathers celebrates a religious heritage

Columnists

Unscripted moment

Unscripted moment

By Joel Belz

Campaign 2008 | The Palin nomination was so rewarding because it was so unexpected

The introvert's dilemma

The introvert's dilemma

By Tony Woodlief

Christ gave all despite His discomforts

Give us a robust public square

Give us a robust public square

By Mindy Belz

Campaign 2008 | And one where a few household rules apply

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

A family affair

A family affair

By Andrée Seu

The Pents' crazy chronicle is a story of God's faithfulness

If not college, what?

If not college, what?

By Janie B. Cheaney

Often-lucrative alternatives to the four-year degree abound

Interfaith liberals

Interfaith liberals

By Gene Edward Veith

Campaign 2008 | Denver may be a signal of things to come

War of the centuries

War of the centuries

By Marvin Olasky

We need to understand the strong historical memory of Muslims

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