Table of Contents

Cover Story

The challenger's challenge

The challenger's challenge

by Edward Lee Pitts

Cover Story | Marco Rubio and his conservative ideas have shaken up the Florida GOP. Now he's in a neck-and-neck race for a U.S. Senate seat and a chance to shake up…

In this issue: "Crossing the Rubiocon," Aug. 14, 2010

Features

Silence equals death

Silence equals death

By Jamie Dean

Human Rights | Activists say the downplaying of human rights concerns by the Obama administration has not led to better relations with the world's most violent regimes

Bad connections

Bad connections

By Emily Belz

Politics | A former lawmaker pleads guilty to illegally lobbying on behalf of a charity with terrorism ties-and sweeps up the Fellowship in the controversy

Breaking up is easy to do

Breaking up is easy to do

By Alisa Harris

Divorce | As New York completes the no-fault divorce revolution, both conservatives and feminists voice concerns about the effects on women, children, and the…

Clouding the debate

Clouding the debate

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Meteorologist and former NASA scientist Roy Spencer believes global warming alarmists may be asking the wrong questions

Love, internet style

Love, internet style

By Megan Basham

Technology | Popular matchmaking websites may be blinding singles with the pretense of science

Dispatches

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Appointed The appointment of Carte Goodwin to the Senate seat left vacant by the late Robert C. Byrd means the nation's youngest senator will fill the shoes…

Rangel's tangle

Rangel's tangle

By The Editors

Campaign 2010 | Republicans plan to push ethics charges against U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

"Their lives will be in danger now." Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Afghans who acted as informants or otherwise cooperated with NATO forces in the country…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Gods and Mammon The elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha may not actively trade stocks in India's stock market, a Bombay High Court ruled July 16. After…

Oil change

Oil change

Nearly 100 days after oil began gushing into Gulf Coast waters, BP announced plans aimed at plugging its own corporate problems: The company said embattled…

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Rwandan elections More proof that all politics are local: Rwandan President Paul Kagame is widely expected to win another seven-year term on Aug. 9 despite…

Grim conditions

Grim conditions

By Jamie Dean

As tensions with the South grow, North Korea descends into internal chaos

Notebook

The Chapel of the Holy Dove

The Chapel of the Holy Dove

By The Editors

Houses of God | Flagstaff, Arizona

Role change

Role change

By Mark Bergin

Sports | It will be a terrible blow to many people if it turns out that cycling great Lance Armstrong was a doper, but there could be a silver lining

Bank shot

By Joseph Slife

Money | The Dodd-Frank bill brings a massive transfer of power from the private sector to the government

Sound & fury

Sound & fury

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | The vuvuzela craze has been far-reaching and profitable, but college football doesn't want to hear the horns

Cash for content

Cash for content

By Alissa Wilkinson

Technology | YouTube hopes grants will spur the making of high-quality movies for its site

Prayer patrol

Prayer patrol

By Lauren Sneed

Law | Lawyers fight back after police bar students from quietly praying on the Supreme Court steps

Culture

The Last Station

The Last Station

By Megan Basham

DVD | Rather than delve into Tolstoy's late writings or the intellectual movement it inspired, The Last Station focuses on the marriage between Leo and Sofya Tolstoy…

Charlie St. Cloud

Charlie St. Cloud

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | Anyone who has lost a loved one will recognize the feeling. You would give anything, do anything, just to see your beloved one more time. In Charlie St. Cloud ,

Get Low

Get Low

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Aaron Schneider's clean, laid-back drama Get Low has a great advantage: a meaty part for Robert Duvall. Duvall plays Felix Bush-a cranky old cuss who keeps a…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of July 23-25, according to Box Office Mojo

Staying afloat

Staying afloat

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Adrian Otterman is a rock musician unlike any other

Notable CDs

Notable CDs | Five new or recent classical releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Action Angie

Action Angie

By Megan Basham

Movies | In Salt , Jolie plays another tough, vengeful warrior, a type as popular with young males as it is untethered from female reality

The race is on

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Books analyze the crises within both Islam and the continent it is trying to subdue

Notable books

Notable Books | Four Christian novels reviewed by Susan Olasky

More than a brain

More than a brain

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Controversial theologian N.T. Wright is also a father, a pastor, and a teacher

Columnists

A need-to-know basis

A need-to-know basis

By Janie B. Cheaney

At the foundation of Western science is a theological warrant to be curious

Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk

Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk

By Mindy Belz

Recovering the lost art of true and civilized conversation

The disappointment of the double helix

The disappointment of the double helix

By James Le Fanu

Its simple structure belies its profound mystery

Meditation on a fig tree

Meditation on a fig tree

By Andrée Seu

The production of leaves cannot hide a fatal lack of fruit

Thank you, subsribrs

Thank you, subsribrs

By Marvin Olasky

How much trouble can three missing letters cause?

The missing quality

The missing quality

By Joel Belz

The iPad is an amazing, culture-changing tool-as long as you don't drop it

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

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