Daren Briscoe

CROSSING OVER: BUSH'S OTHER BATTLE

Rep. Tom Tancredo was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on his way to the Capitol one Friday morning in April 2002 when his cell phone rang. Though the caller ID read unidentified, Tancredo had no trouble recognizing the voice on the other end of the line: it was White House adviser Karl Rove, and he was seething.

MAIL-ORDER MISERY

Nataliya Derkach just wanted a husband. In 1998, she was a 26-year-old college student in Kiev, divorced and disenchanted with the Ukrainian dating scene.

MUSLIMS: HAJJ HEADACHE?

Muslim advocates are concerned that thousands of American Muslims now in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the annual hajj pilgrimage may be subjected to what they consider unfair scrutiny upon return.

CRIME: MACDONALD WANTS OUT

Reversing his longtime legal strategy, former Green Beret Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald has filed for parole. It's been nearly 35 years since MacDonald's wife and two young daughters were slain at Fort Bragg, and more than 25 since MacDonald was convicted of the murders.

Q&A: LANI GUINIER

Harvard professor Lani Guinier raised eyebrows last summer by asking whether the high percentage of West Indian and African immigrants at Harvard showed that the school's affirmative-action policy was leaving African-Americans behind.

'You Have the Power'

Thirty-one hours into the get-out-the-vote bus tour across Florida last weekend, Rep. Corrine Brown showed why she's sometimes referred to as "Queen." Brown, a Florida Democrat, was one of the movers and shakers on the four-day, seven-city tour brimming with Congressional Black Caucus members, leading African-American Hollywood actors and organized-labor bigwigs.

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