What happened on March 18, 2007
Politics on speed Stuart Rothenberg, STUART ROTHENBERG is editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report, an independent, nonpartisan political newsletter based in Washington.
You can't slap Google around Fred Vogelstein, FRED VOGELSTEIN is a contributing editor at Wired magazine.
North Korea from the inside Mark Edward Harris, MARK EDWARD HARRIS is the author of "Inside North Korea," which will be published in April by Chronicle Books.
Doing them justice Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The boosters are back Matt Welch, Matt Welch is The Times' assistant editorial pages editor.
A fertile valley for the GOP Kenneth P. Miller, KENNETH P. MILLER is an assistant professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. Miller, along with researcher Justin Levitt, is the author of the study "The Dimensions and Limits of Realignment in California's Central Valley."
A wealth of cheapskates Gregg Easterbrook, Gregg Easterbrook is a fellow of the Brookings Institution. His recent books are "The Progress Paradox" and a novel, "The Here and Now."
Why the best schools can't pick the best kids -- and vice versa Barry Schwartz, Barry Schwartz is a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College. His most recent book is "The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less."
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Just Trust That Luck Has a Mind of Its Own John A. Klein, Writer-producer John A. Klein did the extras casting for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and is currently developing a feature film, "The Blue Pineapple."
In Sights Janet Fitch, Janet Fitch is the author of the novels "White Oleander" and "Paint It Black."
The monster examined Sarah Weinman, Sarah Weinman, a New York-based freelance journalist and book critic, writes about crime fiction on her blog, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.
Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org
Man of the air Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is the author, most recently, of "A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization."
The humanist condition Matthew Price, Matthew Price is a journalist and critic in New York.
The demons in the details Joanna Scott, Joanna Scott is the author of many works of fiction, including the novels "Liberation," "Tourmaline" and "Make Believe" and a new collection of stories, "Everybody Loves Somebody."
True believer Charlotte Innes, Charlotte Innes is a poet whose work was recently anthologized in "The Best American Spiritual Writing 2006." She writes about books for several publications and teaches English and journalism at Brentwood School.
Android dreams M.G. Lord, M.G. Lord's latest book is "Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science."
Her Iranian revolution Ella Taylor, Ella Taylor is a writer and film critic for LA Weekly.
Vision things Susan Kandel, Susan Kandel is the author of the Cece Caruso mysteries, including "Shamus in the Green Room" and the forthcoming "Christietown."
If I were you ... Jesse Cohen, Jesse Cohen is the series editor of "The Best American Science Writing 2006."
Sex and self-deception Christine Smallwood, Christine Smallwood is the assistant literary editor at the Nation and co-editor of the Crier magazine.