What happened on March 30, 2008
Why LBJ bowed out James R. Jones, James R. Jones was appointments secretary to President Johnson in 1968. he later served in Congress, as U.S. ambassador to Mexico and as chief executive of the American Stock Exchange. He is now a partner at the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.
Do the time, lower the crime James Q. Wilson and James Q. Wilson teaches public policy at Pepperdine University and previously taught at UCLA and Harvard University. He is the co-editor of the new book "Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation."
Vision, luck and legacy Joseph S. Nye Jr. and Joseph S. Nye Jr., a professor at Harvard University and member of the board of directors of Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, is the author, most recently, of "The Powers to Lead."
Prison rape isn't a punch line Ezra Klein and Ezra Klein is an associate editor at the American Prospect. His blog is at EzraKlein.com.
California's shifting axis John Howard, John Howard is the managing editor of Capitol Weekly, a newspaper of California government and politics.
Snooze alarm Gayle Greene and Gayle Greene, a professor of literature and women's studies at Scripps College, Claremont, is the author of "Insomniac," a first-person account of living with insomnia and an investigation of what is known about the disorder.
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Divided we love Lisa Fugard and Lisa Fugard is the author of the novel "Skinner's Drift."
Power and style Ross King, Ross King is the author of many books, including "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" and, most recently, "Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power."
True identities Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch's next book, due out this fall, is "The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God."
She, shell Susan Salter Reynolds, Times staff writer
The art of the stat Mark Lamster, Mark Lamster is writing a book about the political career of Peter Paul Rubens.
Gained in translation Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a critic whose reviews appear in a variety of publications including Newsday and the Boston Globe.
Language, straight up Nathaniel Rich, Nathaniel Rich is the author of "The Mayor's Tongue" and an editor at the Paris Review
Time to tango Karla Starr, Karla Starr writes about arts and culture for the Village Voice, the Believer and Entertainment Weekly.
How we went wrong Kit R. Roane, Kit R. Roane is a journalist who has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Stepping up to the plate David Davis, David Davis is a contributing writer at Los Angeles magazine.