Table of Contents

Cover Story

Commands & control

Commands & control

by Edward Lee Pitts

Cover Story | Concerns over executive orders grow as President Obama tries to implement parts of his jobs bill without congressional approval

In this issue: "2012: The Year Ahead," Jan. 14, 2012

Features

A long way to go

A long way to go

By Marvin Olasky

The Year Ahead | The political and economic outlook for 2012 appears murky

Eating our broccoli

Eating our broccoli

By David Skeel

The Year Ahead | With last year's Keynesian stimulus not working, Americans in 2012 may be ready to accept some short-term pain for long-term gain

Race for the White House

Race for the White House

By The Editors

The Year Ahead | As 2011 wound down, the 2012 presidential campaign appared to be shaping up as a four-man race among President Obama, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron…

States to watch

States to watch

By The Editors

The Year Ahead | The races for president and 33 U.S. Senate seats will highlight the 2012 political calendar. The next year will also see fallout from fights between two…

Around the world

Around the world

By The Editors

The Year Ahead | The year 2012 could be a turning point in many places across the globe, politically in Latin America and Europe, militarily in the Middle East, and…

Risky regulations

Risky regulations

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Will the EPA's new mercury rules do more harm than good?

Setting their own limits

Setting their own limits

By Grace Howard

Education | 'Unschooling' and traditional Christian homeschooling are two very different things

Web of grace

Web of grace

By Angela Lu

China | A burgeoning presence on the internet is helping Christians spread the Word in China

Bittersweet farewell

Bittersweet farewell

By Jill Nelson

Immigration | A Christian couple returns to Mexico ahead of their visa expiration date and grateful to America, but their complicated case highlights problems with…

Dispatches

Payroll games

Payroll games

By Edward Lee Pitts

House Republicans retreat on tax holiday as the main event looms in 2012

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Joan's birthday Joan of Arc, French heroine of the Hundred Years' War, was born 600 years ago on Jan. 6. Anniversary events honoring the Maid of Orleans are…

Personhood politics

Personhood politics

By The Editors

And other news briefs

On the docket

On the docket

By Emily Belz

Supreme Court | Healthcare, television, and immigration highlight the upcoming Supreme Court term

Human Race

By The Editors

Convicted A French court on Dec. 15 found former President Jacques Chirac guilty of embezzlement during his tenure as mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. The…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

"Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That's critical." Vice President Joe Biden, saying the United States would support reconciliation between the…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Toxic swarm Beachgoers near Pompano Beach, Fla., may want to stay out of the water for the time being. On Nov. 30, boaters noticed and took pictures of a…

Reviews

Fairy-tale breakthrough

Fairy-tale breakthrough

By Megan Basham

Television | ABC finds an unexpected but deserved hit with Once Upon a Time

<em>Downton Abbey</em>

Downton Abbey

By Megan Basham

Television | During the four episodes screened for this review, the show avoids the brief racy moments that marked its beginning

<em>Margin Call</em>

Margin Call

By Michael Leaser

DVD | Filmmakers have been trying to cash in on the effects of the 2008 financial crisis

<em>We Bought a Zoo</em>

We Bought a Zoo

By Rebecca Cusey

Movies | Tender film offers something for every member of the family

Looking backward?

Looking backward?

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Try two works of historical fiction

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky, Dava Sobel, Larry Taunton & Alisa Harris

Notable Books | Four nonfiction books

Border reformer

Border reformer

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | The father of a pioneering education policy in Arizona is now bringing ideas for conservative reform to Washington as a congressman

Resting on laurels

Resting on laurels

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Tony Bennett's Duets II has pleasant moments, but it's an album only record sellers and Grammy voters could truly love

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Notable CDs | Five new pop releases

Notebook

Health & dignity

Health & dignity

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | Texas clinic offers medical care to the uninsured in a way that isn't demeaning

Private eyes

Private eyes

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Surveillance industry is learning to infiltrate tech devices, and making billions

Wind damage

Wind damage

By Daniel James Devine

Science | From Holland to Hawaii, wind power has proved expensive and difficult to support

St. Peter's Church

St. Peter's Church

Houses of God | Karachi, Pakistan

Crystalline Ball

Crystalline Ball

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Will sports in 2012 provide more sparkle?

One CEO's story

One CEO's story

By Angela Lu

Money | David Kim has learned, and teaches others, not to turn great success in business into an idol

Voices

The other elitists

The other elitists

By Joel Belz

Shallow and vulgar discourse can now be found across class lines

Ill will toward men

Ill will toward men

By Janie B. Cheaney

A warm-hearted atheist is difficult to find

The other unreached people group

The other unreached people group

By Mindy Belz

The 10/30 Window will be the one to watch in 2012

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Living consciously

Living consciously

By Andrée Seu

Surrender control and experience a new year of freedom in Christ

College bubble

College bubble

By Marvin Olasky

Advice for many students and parents: Explore non-college options

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