Table of Contents

Cover Story

Battle within

Battle within

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | For years Iran has been hostile to the West and Arab neighbors. Now with election results in question and unrest lingering, the fight for the future of the…

In this issue: "Crackdown," July 18, 2009

Features

Overturning Sotomayor

Overturning Sotomayor

By Emily Belz

Supreme Court | Likely future high-court colleagues rule in firefighters' favor

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | REPRIEVE: Illinois prosecutors ruled June 19 that Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., will not face perjury charges after a local investigation found "insufficient…

Giving account

Giving account

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Gov. Mark Sanford's spiritual mentors saw a lack of accountability in his life, and their worst fears were realized

Raising Illinois

Raising Illinois

By Mark Bergin

Politics | Corruption runs deep in the Land of Lincoln, where legislative efforts at reform have failed. A new approach aims to change hearts

Not settled

Not settled

By Jill Nelson

Middle East | Obama wants a halt to Jewish building that Israel is in no position to grant

Clenched fists

Clenched fists

By Jamie Dean

Foreign Policy | As President Obama prepares for G8 meeting, Iran and North Korea grow more defiant

Ownership stakes

Ownership stakes

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Lawsuit tests how far companies can go in patenting our genes

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Artful journey

Artful journey

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Karelyn Siegler has trod down some unusual paths in finding her calling as a painter and entrepreneur

Accessories by force

Accessories by force

By Amy Henry

Healthcare | Moves against conscience protections threaten more than pro-life doctors and pharmacists

Madness centered on God

Madness centered on God

By Marvin Olasky

Radicalism | Fighting communism, and my own impetuousness. Part six of a pilgrim's slow progress

Treasure troves

Treasure troves

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Going online can help with studying the Bible, learning about the Civil War, and getting a grasp on mammoth deficit spending

Sharing and caring

Sharing and caring

By Warren Cole Smith & Rusty Leonard

Charity | Health care sharing ministries seem to work, if they can survive

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | Founded by German immigrants in 1894, St. Paul United Church of Christ is a small and active rural congregation. The church building, located on a hill six…

No time for fine print

No time for fine print

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | Lawmakers fast-track energy and health legislation without warning labels for taxpayers

Dispatches

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurences

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Individual tragedies

Individual tragedies

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Orlando Figes compellingly tells of lives and families destroyed by Stalin's brutal reign

A spare life

A spare life

By Megan Basham

Movies | My Sister's Keeper doesn't do justice to the serious issues it raises

A smashing hit

A smashing hit

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Noisy blockbuster will be fun for those who like robots

Cinematic killing spree

Cinematic killing spree

By Meghan Keane

Movies | The Hurt Locker deftly shows the chaos of war

Doing good

Doing good

By Megan Basham

Television | The Philanthropist explores the heart and mind of charity

Notable books

By John Lescroart, Dana Stabenow, Louise Penny & S.J. Rozan

Notable Books | Four mysteries with a strong sense of place reviewed by Susan Olasky

The king is dead

The king is dead

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Michael Jackson gained the whole music world but lost his reputation

Somber mood

Somber mood

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Moby's message isn't obvious in Wait for Me

Notable CDs

By Colin Andrews, The Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Till Fellner & Frederick Swann

Notable CDs | Four new classical CDs reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Notebook

To tell the truth

To tell the truth

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Steroid confession helps Giambi's reputation

Voices

Lie to me

Lie to me

By Mindy Belz

In Islam it is expected

Manual underdrive

Manual underdrive

By Janie B. Cheaney

Society mindlessly denigrates the 'work of our hands'

Eleventh-hour faith

Eleventh-hour faith

By Amy Henry

What comes when all hedge funds run dry

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

No glib utterances

No glib utterances

By Andrée Seu

Some advice from the chair of faith

Freedom from fear

Freedom from fear

By Joel Belz

Elderly Christians could have a unique voice in the healthcare debate

Riptide

Riptide

By Marvin Olasky

Sometimes we realize we're swimming into a deadly current

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