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Everything Gold Is New Again

In stormy times, investors look for something solid to hang onto—something like gold. The World Bank president himself, Robert Zoellick, suggested in November that the world's economies could use the old reliable metal to help stabilize their currencies. For these and many other reasons, professional gold-fund manager Shayne McGuire argues that gold has nowhere to go but up. The following essay is adapted from McGuire's latest book, Hard Money: Taking Gold to a Higher Investment Level.

Massachusetts Offers Preview of Obamacare

If you want a preview of President Obama's health-care "reform," take a look at Massachusetts. In 2006, it enacted a "reform" that became a model for Obama. What's happened since isn't encouraging. The state did the easy part: expanding state-subsidized insurance coverage. It evaded the hard part: controlling costs and ensuring that spending improves people's health.

The Ten Most Dynamic Cities

If America is the world capital of reinvention, then Las Vegas is its heart. Every year it attracts tens of thousands of new residents, looking for a new life, a big break, a second chance.

Mr. Breyer's 'Modesty'

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's new book is more interesting than its author probably intended. "Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution" demonstrates how a posture of judicial "modesty"--Breyer's word--can empower a judge to wield immodest power in cutting down constitutional impediments to a--his--political agenda.Breyer begins by asserting a distinction between what he considers two kinds of liberty--"modern liberty," meaning freedom from government coercion, and...

'Slivers of Good News'

Regarded as one of the foremost commentators on U.S. foreign policy, Michael Novak is the author of 25 influential books on the philosophy and theology of culture.

The Art Of Summer

Two centuries ago any serious European art tour's main destination was Rome: home to a couple of millennia of golden-stoned architecture, a lion's share of the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and fresh and beautiful paintings by artists from everywhere else in Europe.

Lovin' Spoonfuls

WHILE JERRY SEINFELD glibly humored ""Larry King Live'' last week, one CNN viewer sat at home, steaming. ""I'm calling to order him to apologize!'' hollered Al Yeganeh, the famed ""Soup Nazi'' who inspired an insta-classic ""Seinfeld'' about the surly proprietor of a takeout brothery.

'Your Baby Has A Problem'

THERE IS A PROBLEM," THE doctors say. But even before the words are out you've seen it in their eyes, sensed it in the way they peered at the baby as it struggled into life, bearing the mark of a moment when, in the twining dance of chromosomes that we call conception, something microscopic stuck or came undone.

The National Health Care Phobia

IN THIS YEAR OF HEALTH REFORM, HARDLY ANYONE IS uttering the most important words on the subject: "national health care." President Clinton will soon propose a plan based on a new theory widely called "managed competition," though Clinton no longer uses the term.

Is It Apocalypse Now?

Slip the floppy disk into your Macintosh. Your mission: explore how the future of the world can unfold, without bringing the planet to the brink of apocalypse.

Why Byatt Possesses

Once every year or so, the book world hunkers down to consider a phenomenon: an intelligent novel, in which ideas and literary references are batted about, that somehow manages to become a best seller.