First-Time Mom Receives Gifts in Giving Life ALLISON JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Allison Johnson, 39, was a budget analyst for Mazda Motor of America and Universal Studios. She is staying at home to raise her daughter; this is her first published article. and
State's Economy Relies on the 'Idea' of California Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips, publisher of the American Political Report, is the author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "Boiling Point: Republicans, Democrats and the Decline of Middle-Class Prosperity" (Random House)
A Tale of Two Africas Michael Clough is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "Free at Last? U.S. Policy Toward Africa and the End of the Cold War" (Council on Foreign Relations).