The unspoken fear of Islam.
Another strike against the electoral college: the race is narrowed down to literally only mattering in one or two states.
* Despite setbacks, BBC analysis finds al Qaeda remains a valid threat.
* Council on Foreign Affairs reports on what went wrong in Iraq. (Courtesy Stephen Notley.)
* So, what did Cheney do for Halliburton? (Also courtesy Stephen Notley.)
* Man, Edward Kennedy is getting feisty. Not that I'm disagreeing.
* David Brooks sees a class war in the donations to each party by profession.
* Nicholas Kristof wonders why no one is doing anything about the Sudan.
* Ted Rall essay on how both candidates only offer depressing visions of the future.
* Maryland dig seeks to prove humans got to this continent earlier than we originally thought.
* What if they manufactured cars to be safer for pedestrians?
Have doctors in Zurich isolated the part of the brain that governs dreaming?
Review of the new work by Art Spiegelman (author of Maus), this one on the post-9/11 world.
Gene Weingarten takes on the new poet laureate.