Table of Contents

Cover Stories

What they believe

What they believe

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | The United States has had presidents from unorthodox religious groups before, and after the election it will again: Mitt Romney and Barack Obama court…

Cover Stories

Splintering bloc

by Daniel James Devine

Cover Story | Romney hopes Jews, usually an overwhelmingly Democratic constituency, will enter voting booths in November with the Middle East in mind. The prime minister of…

Cover Stories

Up for grabs

by Angela Lu

Cover Story | Asian-Americans could be key voters in a close election, and they've proven to be open to Republican ideas. But Mitt Romney will have to make an effort to get…

Cover Stories

Old reliables

by Emily Belz

Cover Story | Millennials and African-Americans, two groups hardest hit by Obama-era recession and unemployment, are (mostly) sticking with the president

Cover Stories

Vote your priorities

by Emily Belz

Cover Story | Megachurch pastor Tony Evans criticizes Democratic positions on family and Republican spirit on limited government

In this issue: "Inside Election 2012," Oct. 20, 2012

Features

There to serve

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | Shaped by his mother, his mentor, and his faith, Congressman Tim Scott has broken barriers in seeking public service

Beating the system

By Sophia Lee

North Korea | For the first North Korean to receive asylum in the United States under a 2004 human-rights law, a life of freedom comes through danger and cost, attended by…

Dispatches

Measuring the menace

By Daniel James Devine

Middle East | Experts say Netanyahu's red line on Iran is dead on

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | Al-Qaeda on trial   Defendants accused of planning the 9/11 terrorist attacks will face a U.S. military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for another…

Late on Libya

By The Editors

News | And more news briefs

Taxpayer-funded drugs without a prescription

Taxpayer-funded drugs without a prescription

By Daniel James Devine

Healthcare | New York public high schools give Plan B to students 14 and up

Water wars

By Jordan Lee

Asia | A dispute over a small island chain in the East China Sea threatens Pacific ties

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | Died Eugene Genovese, 82, esteemed Civil War and slavery historian who penned Roll, Jordan, Roll , died Sept. 26. A former “avowed Marxist,” Genovese and his…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

‘The surge was a sprint. And America got winded too quickly.’ Former State Department official Kael Weston, who spent seven years in Iraq and…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Bitten but unbeaten Rather than memorize a description or take a picture, a hiker in Western Massachusetts tracked down and captured the snake that had just…

Reviews

No average Joe

By Megan Basham

Movies | Blood-soaked but riveting, Looper wrestles with weighty moral questions

Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie

By Emily Whitten

Movies | Just in time for Halloween on the heels of Paranorman and Hotel Transylvania , Tim Burton is back with a remake of his 1984 short film, Frankenweenie . One of two…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Sept. 28-30, according to Box Office Mojo

Elementary

Elementary

By Emily Whitten

Television | Keen powers of deduction, razor-sharp wit, and fine British sensibilities—just a few reasons Sherlock Holmes became a household name, and why CBS hopes its…

Won't Back Down

By J.C. Derrick

Movies | Two years ago director Davis Guggenheim’s documentary Waiting for “Superman” stirred the public education pot and drew the ire of teachers unions…

Powerful prescription

Powerful prescription

By Marvin Olasky

Books | John Goodman offers a cure for what ails American healthcare

Notable Books

By John Ottinger III

Books | Four science fiction books

Healthcare hubris

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | No social system is more complex than healthcare, says economist John Goodman, and the president’s attempts at centralized reform will backfire

Lyric harmony

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Hal David and Joe South were masters of the songwriting craft

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Five new or recent jazz CDs

Notebook

Pop religion

By Sophia Lee

Lifestyle | Korean pop industry boom may boost Christian mission work but it’s harming its young stars

Ballistic breakdown

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | The U.S. missile defense system may be inadequate against future foreign firepower

Losing cool

Losing cool

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Sea ice is melting at the North Pole, but climate activists may be overreacting

The Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God

The Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | Tallinn, Estonia

Game of chicken

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Adversarial labor disputes send sports leagues hurtling toward head-on crashes—and for what?

Cash advance

Cash advance

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | QE3 gave at least a short-term boost to stocks but will it prompt companies to spend?

Canon shot

Canon shot

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Papyrus fragment purports to show Jesus talking about a wife

Voices

Not having what it takes

Not having what it takes

By Joel Belz

Politics | Neither Obama nor Romney seems to possess the full skill set to be a good president

Citizenship test

Citizenship test

By Janie B. Cheaney

Without an obligation to God, citizens stand naked before those in power

Uncertain trumpets

Uncertain trumpets

By Mindy Belz

Politics | Global battles loom and debate season presents an opportunity to hear more substance than stump

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Key turning point

Key turning point

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Faith & Inspiration | A very little act can reveal a lot about a civilization

Liberty Hill

Liberty Hill

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | In church, remember that it's Sunday, but Tuesday's coming

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