Table of Contents

Cover Story

States' fights

States' fights

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | While House and Senate races are getting a lot of attention, this year's gubernatorial races may do more to shape American politics over the next decade;

In this issue: "2010 Election: The Governors," Oct. 23, 2010

Features

Job security

Job security

By Alisa Harris

Politics | It's job No. 1 for the nation's teachers unions, and they are willing to oppose education-reform-minded politicians to preserve it

Citizen watchdogs

Citizen watchdogs

By Emily Belz

Politics | As concern mounts about lapsed Justice Department enforcement of voting rights laws, local groups step up to monitor voting themselves

Politics of health

Politics of health

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | The known costs plus the unknowns put clinics in jeopardy in the communities Obamacare was supposed to help

Frontier reformer

Frontier reformer

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | With an East Coast resumé and Tea Party credentials, the GOP nominee for Senate from Alaska is not your average Joe

Pulpit partisans

Pulpit partisans

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Prodded by President Obama and his office of faith-based initiatives, some churches are being drafted into White House policy promotion

A different calling

A different calling

By Megan Basham

Entertainment | Director Randall Wallace tells stories from the big screen he says he couldn't tell from the pulpit

Dispatches

Drone wars

Drone wars

By Mindy Belz

On the anniversary of the Afghan war, a new kind of war heats up

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Global evangelism The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization convenes Oct. 17 in Cape Town, South Africa. The first congress took place in 1974 in…

Thought police

Thought police

By The Editors

And other news briefs

Submit, or else

Submit, or else

By Marvin Olasky

New federal regulations threaten private colleges and universities

Wins & losses

Wins & losses

By Warren Cole Smith

Even in politics, falling down can lead to a new kind of strength

Human Race

By The Editors

Accused Four individuals have accused Atlanta megachurch pastor Eddie Long, 57, of sexual coercion. Long, who built his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church…

Quotables

By The Editors

"All I can say is 'wow'-this is a game changer." Robert Lanza, stem-cell researcher at Advanced Cell Technology in Worcester, Mass., on a new way to reprogram…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Swiffer defense The Swiffer Wet Jet: Perfect for mopping up a floor without drips or buckets. Perfect too for fighting off an armed assailant who wanders into…

Reviews

Renegades' religion

Renegades' religion

By Megan Basham

Movies | God in America gives more weight to the fringes of faith-based culture than to its roots

The Social Network

The Social Network

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Yes, all right, it's hard to care about the Facebook movie. To those of us who used the website during our formative years, the movie feels like a bunch of…

It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's Kind of a Funny Story

By Sam Thielman

Movies | The writers of It's Kind of a Funny Story have made it difficult to describe the film without making it sound like a complete downer. It's the hilarious tale of…

I Want Your Money

I Want Your Money

By Megan Basham

Documentary | It's difficult to say who deserves more credit for what works in I Want Your Money , Ray Griggs or Ronald Reagan. On the one hand, Griggs hurdles the biggest…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Oct 1-3, according to Box Office Mojo

Sweet surprise

Sweet surprise

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Acoustic recordings show sensitive introspection from a profane comedian

Notable CDs

Notable CDs | Four new or recent pop-rock releases

Time for a bargain

Time for a bargain

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Author offers a useful reexamination of race and drugs in America

Notable books

Notable Books | Four books about God and suffering reviewed by Susan Olasky

Don't forget Obamacare

Don't forget Obamacare

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Possible presidential candidate Rick Santorum says America's future depends on stopping disastrous healthcare overhaul

When Disney was Disney

When Disney was Disney

By Megan Basham

Movies | In Secretariat the family movie kingpin has finally made a movie for all ages again

Notebook

Where did they go?

Where did they go?

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Debate rages over the fate of the Neanderthals

Siberia

Siberia

By The Editors

Houses of God | Baptist Church of Surgut

A touchdown for Sam

A touchdown for Sam

By Mark Bergin

Sports | One football team's most meaningful points were not those scored but those surrendered

Flying together

Flying together

By Joseph Slife

Money | Texas-based Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest low-cost carrier, announced a friendly takeover of Florida-based AirTran Airways

Making the grade

Making the grade

By Lauren Sneed

Law | Los Angeles student lambasted by professor over religious speech

'In the thick of it'

'In the thick of it'

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | Fighting terrible pain and now breast cancer, Joni Eareckson Tada fights to persevere: "I don't want to tarnish His name."

Cookie trails

Cookie trails

By Alissa Wilkinson

Technology | Investigation reveals that children's websites are tracking kids' internet use

Voices

Mailbag

By The Editors

Riding the rapids (Sept. 11) Marvin Olasky deserves our thanks for encouraging a respectful dialogue in the Christian community between old-earth advocates…

78 Degrees

78 Degrees

By Andrée Seu

The wonderful improbability of a perfect autumn day

Gentle professionals

Gentle professionals

By Marvin Olasky

A depressing and impressive trip to an emergency room in New York

A good guidebook

A good guidebook

By Joel Belz

Get involved in the political arena, say two former Bush aides, but do so biblically

Crisis avoidance

Crisis avoidance

By Mindy Belz

The president's failure to lead on relief and development could open the door to future conflicts

A precipice up ahead

A precipice up ahead

By Janie B. Cheaney

As differences harden, politics becomes a choice between solid ground and empty air

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