From New York, provocative former president Jimmy Carter shadows Obama as a walking McCain talking point, but having lived longer than he ever imagined possible, Carter has no interest in reining himself in; Gitty Grunwald fled the pious world of her mother to return to the secular city of her grandparents — there’s only one problem: The Satmars kept her daughter; and Spartan warriors in the YouTube Age; Or, the legend of Legend, Spider, and Science. Many military officers are pushing back against Defense Secretary Gates' focus on preparing for more "asymmetric" fighting rather than for a large, conventional conflict. Dangers of "the best military": When did American troops become "warfighters" instead of citizen-soldiers? Michael Shermer on how anecdotal evidence can undermine scientific results. PBS' "The War of the World" proves we're now ready to look back on the 20th century as we would any other. On Sundays she is a Pentecostal preacher; during the week Leah Daughtry is planning the Democratic convention. An interview with Grover Norquist on the Leave Us Alone Coalition. Glazed America: Anthropologist Paul Mullins examines doughnut as symbol of consumer culture. Stoooopid: Why the Google generation isn’t as smart as it thinks. When is a novel for adults really a novel for children? When a publisher and its marketing department decide it is.

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