What happened on October 21, 2007
It's small, but it's a keeper Gordy Slack, Gordy Slack is the author of "The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything."
Oh, and some laws were passed Bill Whalen, Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, was chief speechwriter for former California Gov. Pete Wilson.
Eyes on the prize Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Making peace with ourselves Charles A. Kupchan and Peter L. Trubowitz, Charles A. Kupchan is a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Peter L. Trubowitz is a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin and a senior fellow at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law.
A bachelor nation Joshua Kurlantzick, Joshua Kurlantzick is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of "Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World."
The blue you don't see Robert C. J. Parry, Robert C. J. Parry is a businessman working on a book about his experiences in the Army National Guard in Iraq.
Mr. Shanker's lesson Richard D. Kahlenberg, Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, is the author of "Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy."
In the beginning Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a columnist for the opinion pages, is director of the California Fellows Program at the New America Foundation and author of the just-published "Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America."
Giving, with strings attached Scott Sherman, Scott Sherman is a contributing writer of the Nation and a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review.
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The mother of all cons Kit R. Roane, Kit R. Roane has covered conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The road to humility Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Deconstructing Chuck Rich Cohen, Rich Cohen is the author, most recently, of "Sweet and Low: A Family Story."
Life lines Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
Echoes of Tolstoy Natasha Randall, Natasha Randall is a critic and the translator, most recently, of Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We" for Modern Library Classics.
Suburban sinners Carolyn Kellogg, Carolyn Kellogg hosts the literary blog Pinky's Paperhaus at www.pinkyspaperhaus.com.
A shark, and his appetites Heather Byer, Heather Byer is the author of the memoir "Sweet: An Eight-Ball Odyssey."
Too much too young Steve Almond, Steve Almond's new book of essays is "(Not That You Asked)."