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What happened on October 14, 2007

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  • Hybrid democracy Mark Baldassare and Cheryl Katz, Mark Baldassare is president of the Public Policy Institute of California, where he directs the institute's statewide surveys. Cheryl Katz is a journalist and independent public opinion researcher. They are the coauthors of "The Coming Age of Direct Democracy."

  • Steroids: Take one for the team Kate Schmidt, Kate Schmidt participated in the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympics, winning bronze medals in the javelin throw in '72 and '76.

  • Constitutional questions

  • The $190-billion question Winslow T. Wheeler, Winslow T. Wheeler is the director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information.

  • The $190-billion question 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."

  • The $190-billion question Anthony H. Cordesman, Anthony H. Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies is the author of "Iraqi Force Development: Conditions for Success, Consequences of Failure."

  • Seeing the light

  • Fun and Games

  • No shortage of water ideas

  • An insult to the faithful

  • Preemption, Israeli style Joshua Muravchik, Joshua Muravchik is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

  • Burmese nightmare Thant Myint-U, Thant Myint-U is the author of "River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma."

  • Barbs and Spears Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.

  • China doesn't own the future Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of "God and Gold: Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World."

  • A victim or a fraud?

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  • Surreal cinema Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel's new book, "Film on Paper," will be published early next year.

  • Bestsellers

  • Her dark pages Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.

  • Murder on tour Nick Owchar

  • Head trip Lizzie Skurnick, Lizzie Skurnick edits Old Hag, a literary blog. Her reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World and other publications.

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • Partnerships Nicholas Delbanco, Nicholas Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University professor at the University of Michigan. His most recent novel is "Spring and Fall."

  • How we blew it Nicholas Thompson, Nicholas Thompson, a senior editor at Wired magazine, is writing a book about Paul Nitze and George Kennan.

  • Painting with words Richard Eder, Richard Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.

  • This Week in Calendar

  • The neural hit parade Mark Coleman, Mark Coleman is the author of "Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money."

  • The fairy trail Sonja Bolle, Sonja Bolle is a freelance book editor and children's book reviewer. Her "Word Play" column appears monthly at www.latimes.com/books.

  • The Otto factor Liz Brown, Liz Brown's reviews have appeared in Bookforum, Newsday, the New York Times Book Review and other publications.

  • In the beginning Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a 2007-08 Fulbright Scholar in Berlin.

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