Matthew Philips

Fast Chat: Tiger Woods

If Tiger Woods had to have knee surgery, he picked an ideal time: while he recovers, he gets to spend all day with his 14-month-old daughter, Sam—and his new videogame, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09.

Closure: Cubs Fan Steve Bartman

News stories captivate us for a moment and then vanish. We revisit those stories to bring you the next chapter. STARTING POINT Oct. 14, 2003: The Chicago Cubs are just five outs away from their first trip to the World Series since 1945 when 26-year-old superfan Steve Bartman interferes with a foul ball that Cubs left fielder Moises Alou appears primed to catch.

We Feel Your Pain, But We Also Have a Plane to Catch

When disaster strikes in an election year, candidates are never far behind. How Obama and McCain handled their visits to the flooded heartland: Where They WentObama: Quincy, lll., on June 13, two days into the crisis and four days before two of the area's three levees were overtopped.McCain: Columbus Junction, Iowa (population: 1,900), on June 19, a week into the crisis, the same day President Bush visited the state.

States Of Emergency

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a jam. Even after $10 billion of proposed cuts, California still faces a $17 billion budget gap. Most voters and lawmakers don't like his plan to fix it by borrowing billions against the state's lottery, meaning the Governator will likely have to resort to raising taxes, something he vowed never to do, and bump the state's sales-tax rate by one cent.Arnold isn't the only governor facing a killer budget crunch.

Analogies: Clinton v. Nixon

The Comparison Despite increasing calls for her to drop out of the Democratic nomination race, Hillary Clinton insists that she's staying in because she's "never been a quitter." Her defiance brings to mind the protestations of Richard Nixon, who in his day leaned into such head winds—once successfully, and once to no avail.

How About We Settle This in Private?

The Comparison With the fate of the Clinton-Obama contest all but in the hands of the party's superdelegates, history buffs are reminded of another close election in which the outcome was decided by politicians: 1824, when Andrew Jackson won the popular vote but lost the election in the House after Henry Clay agreed to support John Quincy Adams.

Win One for the Huckster

The Comparison Mike Huckabee's insistence on staying in the primary race against John McCain, despite calls from his own party to quit, resembles Ronald Reagan's doomed GOP bid in 1976.