Fred Thompson's "Trophy Wife"

- Susan Saulny, July 8.

A Respite from Tony Blair's "Apocalyptic View of Terrorism"
"In a somewhat wooden address to the nation on Saturday and in an interview with the BBC on Sunday, Mr. Brown played down the threat, treating the episodes as a crime rather than a threat to civilization. Yet, his minimalist approach seemed to strike a reassuring chord with Britons, many of whom had expressed fatigue with Mr. Blair's apocalyptic view of terrorism." - Alan Cowell on new British PM Gordon Brown's mild response to the recent terror-attack attempts in London and Glasgow, July 4.

Nativist, Hateful Talk Radio Doomed Immigration Reform
Jennifer Steinhauer, July 1.
"When the Senate scuttled the bill on Thursday, after three weeks of debate, supporters said lawmakers had caved in to hateful, nativist, xenophobic sentiments whipped up by conservative talk radio." - Robert Pear, June 30.

"Lockstep" GOP Revolting from Bush

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, June 30.

Hillary Forgives Republicans of Their Sins
"Her Methodist faith, Mrs. Clinton says, has guided her as she sought to repair her marriage, forgiven some critics who once vilified her and struggled in the bare-knuckles world of politics to fulfill the biblical commandment to love thy neighbor." - Michael Luo, July 7.

Low Taxes Cause Child Abuse
"But in a low-tax, low-spending state where, advocates say, care for troubled young offenders is a low public priority, abuses have persisted." - Adam Nossiter on allegations of sexual abuse in a Mississippi state reform school for troubled teenagers, July 12.

A "Charismatic" Terrorist Leader
"When Arafat died, it lost its defining symbol, the one charismatic man who combined the idea of war and politics in his tiny, uniformed self, his kaffiyeh carefully tied in the shape of British Mandate Palestine, and who could gather together the many strands of Palestinian politics." - Jerusalem bureau chief Steven Erlanger in his July 15 Sunday Magazine profile of a former member of Arafat's anti-Israeli terror group Fatah.