What happened on August 26, 2007
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Boomerang reforms John J. Pitney Jr., John J. Pitney Jr. is a professor of American politics at Claremont McKenna College.
A not-so-secret mission David Wise, David Wise writes frequently about intelligence and espionage. He is the author of "Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America."
Making water Marc B. Haefele and Anna Sklar, Marc B. Haefele is a commentator for KPCC and writes for Citybeat, Citywatch and Nomada magazine of Buenos Aires. Anna Sklar is a former NPR reporter and former public affairs director for the city Department of Public Works. She is the author of "Black Acres," a history of the city sewer system.
Toy story Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Misinterpreting the Mideast Moshe Ya'alon, MOSHE YA'ALON is a fellow at the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center. He served as the 17th chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces.
I'll take Manhattan -- and Pasadena William Fulton, William Fulton is the publisher of the California Planning & Development Report, the president of Solimar Research Group and a senior scholar at the School of Planning, Policy and Development at USC.
History can sing too Richard Pells, Richard Pells is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include "Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated and Transformed American Culture Since World War II." A longer version of this article appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Mirror men Susan Salter Reynolds
Exquisite journey Arthur Phillips, Arthur Phillips' "Prague" won the 2003 Los Angeles Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. His most recent novel is "Angelica."
Unequal education Erin Aubry Kaplan, Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributing editor to The Times' Opinion page.
Homeland security Ruth Andrew Ellenson, Ruth Andrew Ellenson received the National Jewish Book Award for her anthology "The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt."
Over-full Monty Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of the new essay collection "(Not That You Asked)."
Adrift in the shadowlands Edward Champion, Edward Champion is a Brooklyn writer and host of the literary blog Return of the Reluctant at www.edrants.com.
Fleshed out Sylvia Brownrigg, Sylvia Brownrigg's new novel, "Morality Tale," will be published next year.