Table of Contents

Cover Story

Young gun

Young gun

by Emily Belz

Cover Story | Freshman lawmaker Aaron Schock could be a potent weapon for worn-out GOP

In this issue: "Schock factor," Jan. 31, 2009

Features

Blue Dog comeback?

Blue Dog comeback?

By Emily Belz

Politics | More Democrats in the House means more conservative ones, too. They caved on spending bills last session but look poised to fight in 2009

Breaking out the checkbook

Breaking out the checkbook

By Mark Bergin

Politics | Obama's plan for economic stimulus could reshape the nation, but not before several major players have a say

Permanent temporariness

Permanent temporariness

By Jamie Dean

Middle East | Civilians on both sides of the Israel-Gaza divide suffer in war

Farewell tour

Farewell tour

By Mindy Belz

Sudan | South Sudan president says goodbye to one administration with anxiety about what kind of friend the next will be

No good choices

No good choices

By Lynn Vincent

Afghanistan | With enemy spies in custody, Capt. Roger Hill faced an impossible situation; the choice he made is costing him his career

Turnabout play

Turnabout play

By Brian T. Johnson

Abortion | At a hearing in Kansas, late-term abortionist George Tiller attempts to put the trial against him on trial

Evangelical shift?

Evangelical shift?

By Mark Bergin

Religion | Some younger evangelicals may be taking non-orthodox views on same-sex unions

Activism@home

Activism@home

By Alisa Harris

Technology | Online tools are reshaping the way young Americans go about trying to change the world

A caregiver's lifestyle

A caregiver's lifestyle

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Patients are family to health aide Gwen Dickson

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | OF COUNSEL: Kenneth Starr, the former U.S. Solicitor General who led the investigation into the Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair, joined forces with Prop 8…

Profound witness

Profound witness

By Rusty Leonard and Warren Cole Smith

Charity | Giving money in tough times says much about Christian security

Sane reading

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | Some classic works are a good guide through today's financial insanity

Deeper into sin

Deeper into sin

By Marvin Olasky

Radicalism | A misguided search for meaning led a young radical to the Communist Party in 1972

Tainted love

By Timothy Lamer

Politics | Is Wall Street money for the presidential inauguration a gift or an investment?

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Man know not his time

Man know not his time

By Mindy Belz

Death | Richard John Neuhaus, 1936-2009

Houses of God

Houses of God

Houses of God | Children watch TV at a church in Fraijanes used as a temporary shelter for survivors of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica that struck in the mountains…

Dispatches

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Face time

Face time

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Hoffman and Thompson shine in Last Chance Harvey

Two weddings and a fight

Two weddings and a fight

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Hathaway, Hudson can't rescue Bride Wars

The bright side

The bright side

By Megan Basham

Movies | Is Hollywood moving away from darker films?

Collector of collections

Collector of collections

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | David DeBoor Canfield combines composing, teaching, and a classical record business into one busy career with a central theme

Sweelinck: Master of the Dutch Renaissance

By Jonathan Dimmick

Music | Style: Two hours of the organ music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), plus compositions by Byrd, Heinrich Schneidemann, and selections from the…

Shadow wonk

Shadow wonk

By Marvin Olasky

Books | For author and strategic thinker George Friedman, all geopolitics is inevitable and impersonal

Notable books

By Bernard Cornwell, Jonathan Friesen, John Darnton & Pablo De Santis

Notable Books | Four current novels reviewed by Susan Olasky

A faith too saturated?

A faith too saturated?

By Marvin Olasky

Books | DiIulio would leave the playing field tilted against thoroughly religious charities

Notebook

Passing glory

Passing glory

By Mark Bergin

Sports | A straight-edged approach to life has served Colt McCoy well

Voices

Power politics

Power politics

By Marvin Olasky

The tragedy of compassionate conservatism

Traveling mercies

Traveling mercies

By Mindy Belz

They visit even magazines in transition

Silent betrayal

Silent betrayal

By Andrée Seu

Public confession may be difficult, but it's half the gospel

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

The horror, the hope

The horror, the hope

By Janie B. Cheaney

Africa needs the transforming power of the Holy Spirit

Piles to read

Piles to read

By Joel Belz

Young writers and would-be authors provide a lot to sort through

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