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February 18, 2008

Vol.198 / No.5
Current Comment
The EditorsFebruary 18, 2008

An Upside of Dynasty The United States has been well served by dynasties in both parties throughout its history and continues to be. Note the Romneys, the Dodds and the Kennedys. And consider the Udalls. In 1880 David King Udall established a Mormon community in St. Johns, Ariz., where the family se

Letters
February 18, 2008

Legalese What a pity that your otherwise intelligent, if somewhat idealistic editorial Migration, the Larger Picture (1/7) was marred by a final bit of unworthy wordplay. Of course there are no such people as illegal people, but there are millions of noncitizens who are in this country illegally, an

Books
Thomas R. MurphyFebruary 18, 2008

As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaches we also anticipate the 75th anniversary of a remarkable transformation in the historiography of the abolition of American slavery In the late 1930s the Works Progress Administration decided to conduct interviews with the last surviving former s

Columns
Margaret SilfFebruary 18, 2008

How readily we conform ourselves to deformities and distortions

Faith The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonFebruary 18, 2008

“Where then can we get this living water?”

Faith in Focus
Lea PovozhaevFebruary 18, 2008

I glanced at the clock on the small table between the bed and the rocking chair: 6:45 a.m. It was Saturday of Labor Day weekend, but every day felt drowned in the monotony of motherhood. The baby would need to be nursed soon. I rolled onto my back to say my morning rule of prayer, at least the parts

Editorials
The EditorsFebruary 18, 2008

The withdrawal of former Senator John Edwards from the Democratic primary field following his third-place finish in his native South Carolina deprives the national political debate of an uncommon degree of honesty and intelligence. Early in the campaign, contrary to conventional political practice,