The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from October 15, 2010

A Bold Plan to Solve America's Illegal Immigration Problem
We can end the political stalemate if we summon the courage to end illegal immigration, provide amnesty at a price, and be more selective about who we welcome into the country.As the debate on immigration policy intensifies, Americans are caught in a...
Abortion Debate Heats Up Brazil Election
Following a Brazil election debate that got heated over an exchange on abortion, Jose Serra's voter support climbed within several percentage points of ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff.Even though she narrowly missed out on winning an absolute majority...
Americans Split over Public Education for Illegal Immigrants, Poll Shows
Few favor government benefits for illegal immigrants, a Monitor/ TIPP poll shows. Less than half back admitting them to public schools.Maybe it's the recession. Maybe it's the fight over Arizona's tough new law to step up apprehension of illegal immigrants...
Are Iran Nuclear Program Talks Back On?
Iran's foreign minister said Friday that his country welcomes a proposal from the European Union's top diplomat to resume talks on its nuclear program. The invitation is for November, but no date set.A mid-November return to the diplomatic table is looking...
As Media Circus Wanes, Chile Miners' Families Turn Spotlight on Reporters' Antics
Sitting around a campfire in the Atacama Desert, family of the rescued Chile miners laugh about the media's excesses over the past 70 days.At 2 a.m. Thursday in Chile's Atacama Desert, family members of newly freed miners gathered around a campfire at...
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
Bill Bryson considers the history of household life - and just about everything else.Bill Bryson has the good fortune of living in an English rectorybuilt in 1851. And his readers are lucky to be able to tag along inAt Home, Bryson's delightful history...
Bacon Attack on an American Mosque: Prank or Hate Crime?
Strips of bacon spelling 'PIG' and 'CHUMP' were found in front of a South Carolina mosque Sunday. In post-9/11 America, pork - which is unclean in Islam - is a primary form of anti-Muslim protest.When he first spotted the strange graffiti, Mushtaq Hussain...
Budget Goblins Needlessly Scare off Infrastructure Spending
Tight state budgets prompt some politicians, such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to cancel or put off infrastructure investments in tunnels, roads, and rail. That's shortsighted.Today, Swiss drilling crews broke through the last bit of rock to create...
Can Wen Jiabao Reform the Communist Party of China?
A two-day plenum of the Communist Party opened amid calls for relaxing China's repressive one-party rule. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has called for political change in recent months.A new surge of demands for liberal political reform added an unexpected...
Chevy Impalas Recalled: A Really Simple Mistake
Chevy Impalas from 2009 and 2010 need to get their seat belts inspected. The fix is simple for the Chevy Impalas. Finding out about it on GM's website is not.After learning that a few seat belts in Chevy Impalas were threaded incorrectly, General Motors...
Conviction: Movie Review
Strong performances by Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver, and Sam Rockwell make 'Conviction' worth seeing.In "Conviction," based on real events, Hilary Swank plays Betty AnneWaters, a working-class Massachusetts high school drop-out whoseshort-fused older...
Disappointed Obama Isn't FDR? Let's Remember the Real Deal about the New Deal
High on hope, supporters heralded Obama as the new FDR. Two years later, many feel disillusioned. But FDR's actual record puts today's gripes about Obama into perspective.My brother recently e-mailed me to express his disappointment with President Obama,...
Heating Oil Could Cost a Homeowner $259 More This Winter
The price of crude oil is rising, pushing up heating oil costs. Natural gas prices are holding steadier.Consumers will probably have to set aside extra money to keep the house warm this winter.Within the past month, the price of crude oil has climbed...
Illinois Battle: Could Democrats Lose Obama's Old Senate Seat?
Despite fundraising appearances from the Obamas, Alexi Giannoulias (D), the state treasurer, is in a dead heat with Mark Kirk (R), who represents Illinois's 10th District.When Illinois voters go to the polls Nov. 2, they'll be choosing a senator - one...
India Worries That Troubled Commonwealth Games Wounded Its Reputation
The Commonwealth Games revealed lax security, poor sanitation, and shoddy building in the capital of India.Indian press was quick to proclaim the 19th Commonwealth Games the "best ever" following a spectacular closing ceremony Thursday, but the 12-day...
Is Joe Miller Too 'Tea Party' for Alaska?
Joe Miller, the 'tea party'-backed Republican candidate for Senate in Alaska, is trying to turn traditional Alaska politics on its head. It might not work.By the calculus of traditional Alaska politics, Joe Miller did something odd at the conclusion...
Israeli Settlement Building Surges as US Pushes for a New Freeze
Israeli settlement monitors estimate that construction has begun on 500 new units - nearly one-quarter of the number for all of 2008 - as settlers try to make up for lost time.In the two and a half weeks since Israel's settlement freeze expired, there's...
Marijuana in California: Prop. 19 Won't Stop Federal Drug Enforcement
Even if voters pass Proposition 19 on Nov. 2, which would legalize use of marijuana in California, the Justice Department will continue to enforce federal drug laws there, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.Should California voters approve Proposition...
Mistaken Identity Theory Gains Traction in Falcon Lake 'Pirate' Attack
An intelligence firm suggests that Americans David Hartley and Tiffany Hartley, who were attacked on Falcon Lake along the Texas- Mexico border, were mistaken as drug cartel spies by junior members of a rival Mexican gang.Officials on the US side of...
Nine 'Tea Party' Candidates Who Stand a Good Chance of Winning
Here's something both Democrats and the GOP establishment in Washington are going to have to come to terms with: Tea party candidates will win some elections this fall. The only question is, how many? There is already a tea party caucus in Congress,...
Nobel Prize Sparks Norway-China Row, Petitions for Reform in Beijing
Norway faces a diplomatic backlash from China after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed democracy activist Liu Xiaobo. The greater fallout may be within China itself.Norway has been hit with the first wave of diplomatic backlash after awarding...
Now, US Can Get Tough with China on Currency
Changing economic conditions in China and the US have made it possible for the US government to take action on China's manipulation of the yuan.To promote its exports, China has been cheating economically by keeping the value of its yuan artificially...
Out-of-Staters Fuel Fight over Arizona Immigration Law
Arizona is attracting millions in out-of-state donations to defend its tough immigration law. Far-flung immigrant rights groups, too, are helping to make the state a test bed for the reform fight.Wyoming resident Timothy Mellon has no special ties to...
Pakistan Arrests Suspected Militants in Assassination Plot
Pakistani police arrested seven men in a suspected plot to kill the prime minister and other senior officials, as Pakistan rethinks its historic policy of sheltering militants.Pakistani police have arrested seven men suspected of plotting to kill top...
Pentagon to Federal Court: Give Us Time to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Its lawyers warned that the military could be 'irreparably' harmed by a court order to stop enforcing the ban on openly gay troops. Still, around Pentagon halls, it's clear an end to 'don't ask, don't tell' is coming.Defense Department lawyers warned...
Q&A with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
At a Sept. 30 Monitor breakfast, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act, misinformation about health-care reform, and the dangers of anonymous campaign cash.Health and Human Services...
Red: Movie Review
Helen Mirren stars as an aging action hero in 'Red.'If you're like me, you'll put up with a lot of malarkey in a moviejust to see Helen Mirren wielding a semiautomatic weapon. You mayargue that Helen Mirren wielding a semiautomatic weapon is alsomalarkey....
Want Votes? First, Candidates in Election 2010 Must Make a Pledge
Grass-roots groups, mostly on the right, insist that House and Senate candidates in Election 2010 make specific pledges, before giving their thumbs' up. Spending cuts and repeal of the federal health-care law are often on the pledge list.Call Election...
Was Tyrannosaurus Rex a Cannibal?
Gouges on the bones of Tyrannosaurus rex fossils suggest that the prehistoric giant may have made a habit of snacking on members of its own species.The monstrous Tyrannosaurus rex was not only a danger to other dinosaurs, but to itself.Scientists have...
Why 13 Percent of Germans Would Welcome a 'Fuhrer'
A new survey signals that Germany, where the term 'Fuhrer,' or leader, is explicitly linked to Adolf Hitler, is not immune from the far-right sentiments that are spreading across Europe.A new survey in Germany shows that 13 percent of its citizens would...
You Are Made to Shine
A Christian Science perspective.There is a call for greater transparency throughout the world in government and individual actions. The US housing market is still suffering from a lack of forthrightness in the trading of mortgage securities. Slow aid...
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