What happened on June 20, 2004
Skeletons in Playa Vista's Closet J. William Gibson And Chester King, J. William Gibson is a professor of sociology at Cal State Long Beach and author of "Warrior Dreams: Violence and Manhood in Post-Vietnam America." Archeologist Chester King advises the National Park Service on Native American cultural resources.
Open Road in '04 Race Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips' most recent book is "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush."
The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Legislature Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior scholar in the school of policy, planning and development at USC and a political analyst for KNBC.
Economic Amnesia Buoys Incumbents Larry M. Bartels, Larry M. Bartels directs the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
The Dream in Transition Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr is university professor of history at USC and state librarian emeritus. His "Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003," will be published in September by Alfred A. Knopf.
A Kurdish State Within Iraq Would Benefit the Region Henri J. Barkey, Henri J. Barkey, chairman of the international relations department at Lehigh University, was on the State Department's policy planning staff (1998-2000).
Kerry: a Lighter Shade of Bush William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The truth as he knew it Francie Lin, Francie Lin is an occasional contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review and former deputy editor at the Threepenny Review.
Skulduggery and whodunits Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Dissenters held in a listless grip Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Maverick minds, kindred spirits Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is a contributing writer to Book Review and the author of "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
A fable for wartime, for our time Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short-story collection "Stealing the Fire," a contributing editor to Parade magazine and will be distinguished writer in residence at Knox College this fall.
The dame in Spain Nicholas A. Basbanes, Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of "A Splendor of Letters."
Filling in facts when what we crave is legend Douglas Johnson, Douglas Johnson is emeritus professor of French history at the University of London.
Matters of perception Michael Bracewell, Michael Bracewell is the author of "England Is Mine: Pop Life in Albion From Wilde to Goldie" and "When Surface Was Depth."