What happened on July 18, 2004
Time to Take On Schwarzenegger? Anthony York, Anthony York is editor of Political Pulse, a newsletter on state politics.
Cities Can Get a Better Deal -- Without Killing Prop. 13 William Fulton, William Fulton, a senior scholar at the School of Planning, Policy & Development at USC and president of Solimar Research Group, is an elected member of the Ventura City Council.
Counting Crows Deborah Blum, Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and the author of "Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection."
Civil Service Has Morphed Into U.S. Inc. Linda Bilmes, Linda Bilmes, an assistant secretary of Commerce during the Clinton administration, teaches public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is co-author of a forthcoming book on Civil Service reform, "The People Factor."
Colleges Have Little Incentive to Hold Down Costs Richard Vedder, Richard Vedder is distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University and adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of "Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much."
How the Left Lost Its Heart Thomas Frank, Thomas Frank is editor of the Baffler magazine and author of "What's the Matter With Kansas?" This article was adapted from that book by arrangement with Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Co.
The Things I Carry Joseph Honig, Joseph Honig writes for television. He last wrote for the magazine about his father's secret.
The Democrats' 'Poster Boy' Mark Z. Barabak, Mark Z. Barabak covers politics for The Times. He last wrote for the magazine about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
A Final Resolution Fred Dickey, Fred Dickey last wrote for the magazine about the reemergence of former California Gov. Pete Wilson
An Unsettling Racial Score Card GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, Gregory Rodriguez is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation and a contributing editor to The Times' Sunday Opinion section.
Family Reunion ADAM TSCHORN, Adam Tschorn last wrote for the magazine about shaving.
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Native cultures, imported myths Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Tiptoeing through the White House years Ronald Brownstein, Ronald Brownstein, The Times' national political correspondent in Washington, D.C., is the author of "The Power and the Glitter: The Hollywood-Washington Connection" and co-author of "Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival."
Coming of age with the Beats David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is the editor of "Another City: Writing From Los Angeles" and "Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology" and the author of the forthcoming "The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Faultline Between Reason and Faith."
Ah, but the land is unforgettable Daphne Merkin, Daphne Merkin is the author of a novel, "Enchantment," and a collection of essays, "Dreaming of Hitler."
The path to a new empire Anthony Pagden, Anthony Pagden is professor of history and political science at UCLA and the author of many books, including "Peoples and Empires" and "European Encounters with the New World."
Right diagnosis, wrong remedy Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn is a Los Angeles Times editorial writer and author of a forthcoming book on the history of neoconservatism.
The waning days of a bright star Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is a writer whose work has appeared in L.A. Weekly, the Village Voice and McSweeney's.