What happened on June 10, 2007
Hiding behind `free will' Susan Partovi, SUSAN PARTOVI is a staff physician at the Venice Family Clinic and an assistant professor at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. She is also the medical director for Homeless Health Care Los Angeles.
Laying it on the line Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Al Qaeda's new enemy Frederick W. Kagan, FREDERICK W. KAGAN is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of "Finding the Target: The Transformation of the American Military."
Don't make me watch! Joe Queenan, JOE QUEENAN writes frequently for Barron's, the New York Times Book Review and the Guardian.
The national audition Ronald Brownstein, RONALD BROWNSTEIN is The Times' national affairs columnist.
California steamin' Cary Lowe, CARY LOWE is a land-use lawyer and urban planning consultant who has served as an advisor to state and local government in California.
Romney's cross to bear Sally Denton, SALLY DENTON is the author of "American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857."
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He whose laughs last Jerry Stahl, Jerry Stahl has written several books, including "Permanent Midnight: A Memoir" and the novel "I, Fatty." His short-story collection, "Love Without," will be published next month.
State of Grace Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Jane's addiction Ella Taylor, Ella Taylor is a writer and film critic for LA Weekly.
Dark forces Art Winslow, Art Winslow, a former executive editor and literary editor of the Nation, writes frequently about books and culture.
The history boys Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors."
The advocate Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an editor for Booklist, creator of the anthology "In Our Nature" and host of Open Books (www.openbooksradio.org), a radio program in Chicago. Her author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air: Conversations About Books."
Magic and maggots Denise Hamilton, When not reading to her boys, Denise Hamilton writes crime novels for adults. She also edited and contributed to "Los Angeles Noir," a short story anthology.