What happened on January 29, 2006
Blood, bombs and ballots Nicholas Goldberg, NICHOLAS GOLDBERG is editor of the Op-Ed page and the Current section.
Box-office draw Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
His cup runneth over with annoyance Matt Welch, Matt Welch is assistant editorial page editor at The Times.
How do we add up? Dowell Myers and Hans Johnson, DOWELL MYERS, a professor of policy, planning and development, directs the California Demographic Futures research program at USC. HANS JOHNSON is a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.
The third California JOEL KOTKIN and WILLIAM FREY, Joel Kotkin is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of "The City: A Global History." Demographer William Frey is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. They are completing a report on the Third California for that institution.
Can fanatics become pragmatists? David Grossman, David Grossman is an Israeli novelist. This article was translated by Haim Watzman.
Bringing fresh air to this part of the sausage factory Catherine Seipp, CATHERINE SEIPP writes a weekly column for National Review Online and blogs at www.cathyseipp.net. She is also a columnist and a visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum.
Hitching a free ride with the U.S. Michael Mandelbaum, MICHAEL MANDELBAUM is the author of "The Case for Goliath: How America Acts as the World's Government in the 21st Century," from which this article is adapted.
California's exit exam fails employers Russell W. Rumberger, RUSSELL W. RUMBERGER is professor of education and director of the UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute at UC Santa Barbara.
Powell is America's nowhere man Fred Kaplan, Fred Kaplan is the national security columnist for Slate.
Throwing cold water on the 'hell' gripe Dennis Prager, DENNIS PRAGER'S nationally syndicated radio show is heard daily in Los Angeles on KRLA-AM (870). He may be contacted through his website: www.dennisprager.com.
Anesis and the L.A. Angels John Thorn, JOHN THORN is the author, most recently, of "Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame" and editor of "Total Baseball."
Goodbye Paris, hello Chad Walter Russell Mead, WALTER RUSSELL MEAD is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author, most recently, of "Power, Terror, Peace and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk."
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Nanny dearest Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Chaos theory Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich's first novel, "The Suitors," will be published in April.
When worlds collide Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Paying the price Vivian Gornick, Essayist and critic Vivian Gornick's most recent book is "The Solitude of Self: Thinking About Elizabeth Cady Stanton."
Tales of the city Phillip Lopate, Phillip Lopate is the author of "Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan" and editor of "Writing New York" and the forthcoming "American Movie Critics."
Dust to dust Art Winslow, Art Winslow is a former literary and executive editor of the Nation.
Storyville Jervey Tervalon, Jervey Tervalon, co-editor of "The Cocaine Chronicles," is finishing "The Pootbutt Survives: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Hood."
Fables of the reconstruction Judith Lewis, Judith Lewis is a senior editor at LA Weekly.
The perils of passing Lise Funderburg, Lise Funderburg, a Philadelphia-based journalist, is the author of "Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity."