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NATION

My Mother, My President (Viewpoint)

So they've called each other names. These two are pros. And they get along fine

Searching for an Iraq Exit Strategy

A new team, made up of some old Bush family friends, will try to help the President find a way out of the Iraq mess. Will this family intervention succeed?

HEALTH & MEDICINE

Ahead Of Their Time (Health)

How doctors are rethinking the growing problem of preterm births--by focusing on the moms, not the babies

SOCIETY

BRIEFING

WORLD

The Secrets of Iraq's Death Row (Middle East)

With Saddam the latest to face the gallows, critics accuse Baghdad of hiding the real number of prisoners who are executed

Ortega's Encore (Profile)

How anti-U.S. cold warrior Daniel Ortega made his way back to power in Nicaragua

The Things They Carry (Middle East / Middle East)

Photographer Yuri Kozyrev captures the tokens of faith that help Marines face battle in Iraq

BUSINESS

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Hooray For Holy-wood (Movies)

Movie studios, usually pegged as disciples of Mammon, are now trying to reach the faithful

YOUR TIME

PEOPLE

LETTERS

My Person Of The Year (Forum)

To help us make this year's selection, TIME asked people who were chosen in previous years for their 2006 nominations. The first installment:

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