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Cover Stories

Houston: A semisweet land of liberty

Houston: A semisweet land of liberty

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | The U.S. economy is bogged down, but Houston is growing rapidly, looking past problems, and proclaiming, ‘You CAN make it here.’

Cover Stories

Fargo: No longer Far-gone

Fargo: No longer Far-gone

by Daniel James Devine

Cover Story | Fargo, N.D., is a suddenly popular place to live for students, immigrants, and young families

Cover Stories

Finding cities of prosperity in a land of (unequal) opportunity

Finding cities of prosperity in a land of (unequal) opportunity

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | A recent study discovers surprising prosperity pockets in the United States where family and neighborhood makeup best determine a bright economic future

In this issue: "Houston: America's next great global city?," March 8, 2014

Features

Sidewalk speech

By Edward Lee Pitts

Abortion | Pro-life counselors take to the Supreme Court laws to restrict their quiet but effective work

Overcoming the headlines

By Dorothée Moisan

Somalia | The Somali-American community in Minneapolis—one of the largest in the West—takes on militancy and bad news from Somalia, even as terrorists work to…

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | Kiev burns Ukrainian police reportedly stormed on Feb. 18 protest barricades set up since November in Kiev’s city center. As fires engulfed the city of 5…

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Born A Canadian woman gave birth to a healthy boy six weeks after she was declared brain dead from internal bleeding. “It is with a heavy heart but also…

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | March 1 Government officials promise March 1 will be the turning point in Beijing’s critical pollution crises, known colloquially as the “airpocalypse.”

Death and life

By Sarah Padbury

Life | State laws and difficult choices confront families of brain-dead mothers

Heat seekers

By Emily Belz

Weather | Record-setting snow on the East Coast wearies residents and their budgets

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘States that like their Obamacare can keep their Obamacare.’ U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., on the Health Care Compact, legislation that would…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Playing like a girl Some say the Iranian women’s national soccer team is playing with an unfair advantage. Namely, many of their players are apparently men.

Reviews

Hollywood hustle

Hollywood hustle

By Megan Basham

Movies | Oscars show an industry that produces and honors hard-R films also likes high-handed moralizing

Winter's Tale

By Emily Belz

Movies | I’ll let Winter’s Tale (rated PG-13 for one sex scene and violent elements) speak for itself. Here is some of the dialogue: “We rise up into the sky…

House of Cards

By Sophia Lee

Television | House of Cards premiered its first season last year in February by riding a publicity wave as Netflix’s first all-original, all-release series. With a budget…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of Oct. 14-16 according to Box Office Mojo

A game of hearts

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Books offer test of one’s theology and philosophy

Notable Books

By Janie B. Cheaney

Books | Four Newbery honorees

History makers

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | One famous Western leader suffered from severe depression, another was a devout evangelical Christian, and a third is just plain mystifying, says pastor…

Buyers beware

Buyers beware

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Costly new box sets offer little value for a lot of money

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent pop-rock releases

Notebook

Walking through fire

By Tiffany Owens

Lifestyle | Despite dementia, Elisabeth Elliot Gren holds fast to Scripture

Watching you shop

Watching you shop

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | For some stores and cafés, mobile devices are a window into customer behavior

Waves of the future?

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Building dikes to combat sea rise appears cheaper than the alternatives

Village church

Village church

By The Editors

Houses of God | San Bernardino, Switzerland

Wages of federalism

By Andrew Branch

Money | State efforts will help us learn about the economic effects of minimum wage hikes

Beyond belief

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | English court orders Mormon leader to defend LDS doctrines at a hearing

Voices

Can we afford it?

By Joel Belz

Healthcare | The costs of Obamacare will involve far more than money

Cognitive schemes

Cognitive schemes

By Janie B. Cheaney

Faith & Inspiration | We know—or think we know—what we’re doing when we take up self-destructive behavior

On the street where you live

By Mindy Belz

Politics | An election year is a good time to remember all politics is local

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

‘Roe at 41’ Jan. 25  The cover image of little Vena is just captivating! She seems to be saying, “Didn’t you know that I was made in the image of…

Pink slip speech

Pink slip speech

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Religious Liberty | Count the cost before mentioning Christ in a work environment where policy forbids it

A rocky documentary debut

A rocky documentary debut

By Marvin Olasky

Documentary | How explicit about faith should a Christian filmmaker be?

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