Table of Contents

Cover Story

The house that Ben built

by Warren Cole Smith

Cover Story | Behind Washington fights between the White House and Congress over taxes and spending, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has pursued a high-risk strategy…

In this issue: "Moneymaker," March 23, 2013

Features

Cut and dried

By Edward Lee Pitts

Politics | The March sequester created no crisis, but may yet shape budget politics for the rest of the Obama era

Trying to forget Sandy

By Emily Belz

Superstorm Sandy | Businesses rebound, homeowners struggle, and churches prove themselves as the recovery from last year’s superstorm wobbles forward

Conviction and controversy

By Edward E. Plowman

Health | Man knows not his time: U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

Dispatches

The polio threat

By Jamie Dean

Medicine | Health workers are making a push to eradicate the virus worldwide, but Islamic militants threaten to end their work

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | Arms treaty talks  After failing to come to an agreement last year, the United Nations Conference on an Arms Trade Treaty will try again beginning March…

Change in China

By The Editors

News | And more news briefs

Working while waiting

By Mindy Belz

Iran | The wife of Iranian-American captive Saeed Abedini leaves no opportunity lost in the quest to free her husband

Itinerary: Israel

Itinerary: Israel

By Jamie Dean

Israel | First presidential visit to key U.S. ally will also focus on its Mideast neighbor

'Times change'

By Emily Belz

Supreme Court | Justices consider ongoing need for a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as leading civil-rights activist receives surprise apology in Alabama

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Cured Doctors announced March 3 that a baby has been cured of HIV for the first time. The Mississippi infant began receiving antiviral treatment within 30…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘He’s just a great guy.’ Former NBA star Dennis Rodman on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The former athlete—who visited the reclusive Communist…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Armed and hungry At any other pizza parlor, flashing your weapon might earn you some trouble. But at All Around Pizza in Virginia Beach, Va., showing off your…

Reviews

Riveting raiders

Riveting raiders

By Megan Basham

Television | With less objectionable content, The Vikings could pillage even more viewers from the networks

Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful

By Emily Whitten

Movies | It’s turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas, and Oz The Great and Powerful (James Franco), the Harry Houdini of middle America, is up to his usual…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

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

Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack the Giant Slayer

By Alicia M. Cohn

Movies | Hollywood’s latest attempt to reinvent the fairy tale, Warner Brothers’ Jack the Giant Slayer , steers clear of subversive interpretation but does not…

The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers

By Michael Leaser

Documentary | The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has generated more than its share of war-weary, soul-drained participants, including several former directors of Shin Bet,

Persevering through persecution

By Marvin Olasky

Books | God will provide for His people’s needs—but never more than we need for the moment

Notable Books

By Susan Olasky

Books | Four notable works of fiction

Journey of grace

Journey of grace

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | From lesbianism to the parking lot to church: An interview with author Rosaria Butterfield

In their faces

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Elton John’s China rebuke stands in a long line of singer statements of dubious value

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent classical releases

Notebook

Rapper rebirth

By Angela Lu

Lifestyle | Asian-American rapper relaunches career with ‘change your life music’

Bad connections

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | One mobile service provider made it big thanks to government handouts

Ill treatment

Ill treatment

By Daniel James Devine

Science | For troubled children, some hospitals offer to suppress gender

St. Matthias Anglican Church

St. Matthias Anglican Church

By The Editors

Houses of God | Igloolik, Canada

Hot Curry

Hot Curry

By Mark Bergin

Sports | The Warriors’ emerging superstar is part of a resurgence of authentic Christian faith in the NBA

Roger's dodge

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Cardinal admits ‘mistakes’ in dealing with predator priests but plans to attend conclave

Voices

Sowing confusion

Sowing confusion

By Joel Belz

Politics | When it comes to an Obama-led sequester and its aftermath, it’s not just fallout, it’s a strategy

Bound and released

Bound and released

By Janie B. Cheaney

Faith & Inspiration | Letting go of anger and hatred is important, but it takes two to make peace

Model behavior

By Mindy Belz

Poverty | In hard times it’s still possible to focus on human flourishing

Lament for a bride

Lament for a bride

By Christa Sutherland

Religion | The church is looking more and more like the world, with less and less priority on worship

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

A great delusion

A great delusion

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Culture | When perversity proliferates, our very fundamentals perish

Remember their chains

Remember their chains

By Marvin Olasky

Religion | An evangelism strategy for a generation that yearns for freedom

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