BUSINESS

WORLD

Can Bin Laden Be Caught?

After a year of silence, al-Qaeda's leader resurfaces. But with his health in question and his inner circle shrinking, the U.S. hopes it may not be for long

A Rebel Crack-Up?

How splits among insurgents in Iraq are erupting in violence and putting al-Qaeda on the defensive

SCIENCE

Whodunit, Doggone It?

Inside a four-legged genetics lab, where forensic scientists fight crime with tooth, claw--and DNA

SOCIETY

Where The Real Action Is... (Abortion)

For all the debate in Washington, the battle over abortion is actually in the states, which are imposing more limits than ever. MISSOURI is a case study

BRIEFING

It's Easy to Be Hard and Hard to Be Smart (Notebook / In The Arena)

In a Democratic Congressional primary that could have implications for the mid-term elections this Fall, an amateur's bluster squares off against an old political pro

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

Fun with Fractionals (Time Bonus Section February 2006: Global Business / global life)

Resorts are rebuilding with luxury time shares to attract second-home buyers

banking: The Bank That Ate the World (Time Bonus Section February 2006: Global Business / banking)

After a huge expansion in mature markets, HSBC is speeding efforts to tap the pocketbooks of the new »‚ň∆»ť√®lite developing throughout the globe

Economy: Losing Our Faith (Time Bonus Section February 2006: Global Business / Economy)

At the World Economic Forum, leaders will try to understand why people no longer trust authority

NATION

When George Met Jack

White House aides deny the President knew lobbyist Abramoff, but unpublished photos shown to TIME suggest there's more to the story

Hey, Big Spender ...

With the next budget he sends to Congress, Bush wants to remake himself as a fiscal disciplinarian. Will anyone believe him?

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

How the West Was Won Over (Movies)

It's a love story (sigh) between men (yikes!) and a western (yawn). So why is everybody talking about Brokeback Mountain?

YOUR TIME

PEOPLE

LETTERS

ESSAY

Beautiful Losers

The name of the show is American Idol. So why is it the bad singers we love?