What happened on October 07, 2007
San Diego's backroom 'reform' Steven P. Erie and Norma Damashek, Steven P. Erie, professor of political science at UC San Diego, is completing "Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Political Turmoil in San Diego." Norma Damashek is vice president of the San Diego League of Women Voters.
The great smoke-out Laurie Garrett and Jane C.S. Long, Laurie Garrett, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for her reporting on the Ebola virus, is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Jane C.S. Long is associate director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Call us status-conscious Dinah Lenney, Dinah Lenney plays nurse Shirley on "ER" and is the author of "Bigger Than Life: A Murder, A Memoir."
Do we need faith? Believe it Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel is the author, most recently, of "Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television." His "Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob" will be published in January.
Seriously funny Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
An awkward ally in Colombia Michael Shifter, Michael Shifter is vice president for policy at Washington's Inter-American Dialogue and teaches Latin American politics at Georgetown University.
It's who you know Fred Vogelstein, Fred Vogelstein is a contributing editor at Wired magazine.
The Darfur deception David Rieff, David Rieff is the author of many books, including "At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention" and "A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis."
Judging by the laughter, they're guilty Brad Dickson, Brad Dickson is the co-author of "Race You to the Fountain of Youth."
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Alpha and omega Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, author of, most recently, "A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization," is at work on a history of the Inquisition.
Fire in the flesh Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is a New York-based critic and the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Hurdles in the path Kai Maristed, Kai Maristed is the author of several books, including the novels "Broken Ground" and "Belong to Me."
Easy's blues Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen is an editor at large for The Times.
Monster smash Michael Sims, Michael Sims' latest book is "Apollo's Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination."
Subject to fate Maud Newton, Maud Newton is a writer, blogger and former tax lawyer living in Brooklyn.
Big-book man Douglas Brinkley, Douglas Brinkley is professor of history at Rice University and author of "The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast."