What happened on February 20, 2005
A Year-Round Party for Blacks Al Franken, Al Franken is the host of "The Al Franken Show" on Air America Radio, which can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon on KTLK-AM 1150 in Los Angeles.
The Times Quotes Firebrands and Convicts the City's Cops Jack Dunphy, Jack Dunphy is a pseudonym for a Los Angeles police officer who writes for the National Review Online.
The Forecast for Mainz: Chilly Jeanne Rubner, Jeanne Rubner is a reporter and editorial writer with the Sueddeutsche Zeitung in Munich.
Dubya Does Europe Ivo H. Daalder and Charles A. Kupchan, Ivo H. Daalder is senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Charles A. Kupchan is professor of international affairs at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
A Second-Term Shift? Nancy E. Soderberg, Nancy E. Soderberg, a senior national security advisor in the Clinton administration, is the author of "The Superpower Myth, the Use and Misuse of American Might."
A Soviet Memorial Etched by Ambiguity D.J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie is the author of "Where We Are Now: Notes From Los Angeles" (Angel City Press, 2004).
Labor's Lost Love Jonathan Tasini, Jonathan Tasini, president emeritus of the National Writers Union, is president of the Economic Future Group.
Schwarzenegger's Risky Scribble Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe is a senior scholar in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at USC and a political analyst for KNBC.
We Aren't Fighting to Win Anymore Andrew J. Bacevich, Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of international relations at Boston University and author of "The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War" (Oxford University Press, 2005).
Yeaaaaa arrrrgg ghhhh!!! Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
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Failed visions of civic virtue Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is the author of, most recently, "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
In the absurdist corners of contemporary life Richard Eder, Richard Eder, the former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
L.A. novels: a coming-of-age story Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer and contributes the Discoveries column in Book Review.
Compromise. How's that for a revolutionary concept? Matthew Scully, Matthew Scully is the author of "Dominion" and, until recently, served as special assistant and deputy director of speechwriting for President Bush.
The eternal theater of Arthur Miller Carlos Fuentes, Carlos Fuentes is the author of more than 20 books, including "The Death of Artemio Cruz," "The Old Gringo" and, most recently, "This I Believe: An A to Z of a Life." This tribute was translated from the Spanish by Alfred Mac Adam.
Suddenly, Africa Erin Aubry Kaplan, Erin Aubry Kaplan is a staff writer at the L.A. Weekly.