Do you know the facts behind Arizona's immigration law? Take our quiz.

Arizona’s tough immigration enforcement law was designed to convince illegal immigrants to pack up and go home. The measure sparked protests and boycotts against the state, and prompted the Obama administration to ask the courts to block the statute. On April 25, the legal battle arrives at the US Supreme Court, in a showdown that pits the federal government’s exclusive power to regulate immigration against a state government’s authority to police its sovereign territory. 

1. What is federal preemption?

An unreliable form of birth control used by bureaucrats in Washington.

It is what happens immediately before federal “emption.”

A legal doctrine that declares federal law to be the supreme law of the land, and recognizes that federal law trumps conflicting state laws.

What US soldiers did when called upon to assist racial integration at Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

Javascript is disabled. Quiz scoring requires Javascript.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.