Table of Contents

Cover Story

Bargaining hunting

Bargaining hunting

by Emily Belz

Cover Story | After doling out $450 million in 2008 to elect Democrats in Washington, unions are looking for payback

In this issue: "Save the unions," Oct. 24, 2009

Features

Paying the price

Paying the price

By Alisa Harris

Economy | Teen unemployment is on the rise, and a minimum wage hike may be part of the reason

Comeback candidates

Comeback candidates

By Edward Lee Pitts

Elections | Off-year elections in Virginia and New Jersey test the potential for GOP revival in 2010

Common census

Common census

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Critics wonder why the 2010 census isn't going to find out whether respondents are U.S. citizens

Pro-Palestinian junta

Pro-Palestinian junta

By Jill Nelson

Middle East | It may be coming to a U.S. campus near you

Day in court

Day in court

By Edward E. Plowman

Religion | Churches facing legal battles over property remain dependent on state-by-state rulings

The jailer goes on trial

The jailer goes on trial

By Paul Chesser

Cambodia | Comrade Duch awaits the verdict for Khmer Rouge crimes against humanity but professes to know a better verdict awaiting him

Stem cell freeze

Stem cell freeze

By Daniel James Devine

Science | A lawsuit on behalf of "plaintiff embryos" could halt federally funded research

Three more

By Marvin Olasky

Hope Award | From hundreds of entries, we've picked nine effective poverty-fighting groups

Keeping parents sane

Keeping parents sane

By Alisa Harris

Hope Award | Snappin' comes to help when the families of disabled children are about to snap

Roving retirees

Roving retirees

By Emily Belz

Hope Award | Seniors trade golf clubs for hammers to help Christian nonprofits

Welcome home

Welcome home

By Jamie Dean

Hope Award | Children with severe disabilities, many of them abandoned, find more than just a place to live at Galilean Children's Home

Religious nuts

Religious nuts

By Warren Cole Smith

Charity | ACORN over the years has received strong support from mainline churches

Telling the truth

Telling the truth

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Sen. Jim DeMint wants to stop the nation's 'slide into socialism'

Breaking down barriers

Breaking down barriers

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Gifted Hands volunteers use art to share God's love with those suffering from the "leprosy of modern times"

Higher impact

Higher impact

By Jamie Dean

Disaster | Acts of God have hit several nations, but acts of man could have prevented some of the destruction

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | DIED: Conservative columnist William Safire, 79, died of pancreatic cancer on Sept. 27. A college dropout who first worked in public relations, Safire helped…

Rugged cross

Rugged cross

By Edward Lee Pitts

Supreme Court | Mojave veterans memorial goes before Supreme Court

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

Sister act

Sister act

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Solo sailor's 15-year-old sister plans a voyage of her own

Culture

Notable CDs

By Led Bib, John Scofield, Tim Sparks & Brian Bromberg

Notable CDs | Noteworthy new jazz releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Big Star rising

Big Star rising

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Seventies band comes into its own with 2009 re-releases

Notable books

By Bodie & Brock Thoene, Christa Parrish, Susan Meissner & Lynn Austin

Notable Books | Four new novels from Christian publishers reviewed by Susan Olasky

Forward glimpse

Forward glimpse

By Megan Basham

Television | New show offers an entertaining look at deep questions of sin and free will

Serious change

Serious change

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Coen film allows characters to rail against their dark, dour world

Surface treatment

Surface treatment

By Emily Belz

Movies | Gingriches don't dig deeply into religion in civic life

Agenda comedy

Agenda comedy

By Megan Basham

Movies | Ricky Gervais loses his humor with The Invention of Lying

Questions & answers

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Current books explain the whys of recent and not-so-recent history

Calvin cornucopia

Calvin cornucopia

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Recent books regarding John Calvin

Columnists

Opportunity knocks twice

Opportunity knocks twice

By Marvin Olasky

Christians can help shape the next great era of American journalism

Enemies within

Enemies within

By Janie B. Cheaney

The demonization of mere opponents is a dangerous practice

Strange collocation

Strange collocation

By John Piper

Bertrand Russell's 'firm foundation of unyielding despair' was tragically odd

Chaosistan

Chaosistan

By Mindy Belz

Political will, along with troops, needed in Afghanistan

Pioneering spirit

Pioneering spirit

By Andrée Seu

Thein Htay's unknown works in Burma are well known in heaven

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Not for sale

Not for sale

By Joel Belz

Government should stay out of the newspaper business

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