What happened on January 13, 2008
It doesn't add up Michael Shermer, Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, a columnist for Scientific American and the author of "The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Lessons from Evolutionary Economics."
Train wreck James Moore and Tom Rubin, James Moore is chairman of the Daniel J. Epstein department of industrial and systems engineering and director of the transportation engineering program at USC. Tom Rubin is a transit consultant.
Cornered in square one Steven Weber and Bruce W. Jentleson, Steven Weber is professor of political science and director of the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley. Bruce W. Jentleson is professor of public policy studies and political science at Duke University.
Off the trail Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The empty promise Timothy Noah, Timothy Noah is a senior writer at Slate.
Front man or side man? Joe Queenan, Joe Queenan is a New York-based writer.
The only constant Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein are the authors of "Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes."
Can the Dems cash in? Robert Kuttner, Robert Kuttner, co-editor of the American Prospect, is the author of "The Squandering of America: How the Failure of our Politics Undermines our Prosperity."
China's dark triumph Ian Buruma, Ian Buruma is a contributing editor to Opinion. He is a professor of human rights at Bard College, and his most recent book is "Murder in Amsterdam: The Killing of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance."
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Spiritual swerve Michelle Huneven, Michelle Huneven is author of the novels "Jamesland" and "Round Rock."
Undead Jessica Winter, Jessica Winter writes for Time Out London, Slate.com and the Boston Globe.
Family curse Tayt Harlin, Tayt Harlin works for New York magazine.
Objects of desire Louisa Thomas, Louisa Thomas has written for the Washington Post and the New York Times Book Review.
Our primitive selves Jesse Cohen, Jesse Cohen is the series editor of "The Best American Science Writing."
Bound by tragedy Laila Lalami, Laila Lalami is the author of "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits."
A new wave Robert Faggen, Robert Faggen is writing a biography of Ken Kesey. He is the editor of "Selected Poems of Herman Melville" and is the Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College.
Profile in courage Eloise Klein Healy, Eloise Klein Healy's most recent poetry collection is "The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho."
Mile-high luxury Jane Engle; Vani Rangachar; Chris Erskine
Cozy NYC John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Sweet, affordable dreams Christopher Reynolds; Jane Engle; Vani Rangachar; Susan Spano; Hugo Martin; Chris Erskine; Rosemary McClure; Mary E. Forgione; Catharine Hamm