Editor’s Note: Because we've been publishing more stories, some readers say they miss some that fly by. So, each month, we'll point out some special stories from the previous month.

Here is a selection from July 2009, focusing on the challenges and the missteps of the Obama administration:

"Iraq: A Bitter Strategic Failure," by Robert Parry, assessing the U.S. pullback. (July 1, 2009)

"The Bible's Odd Idea of Marriage," by Howard Bess, commenting on some strange rules. (July 2, 2009)

"FBI Ignored Bush-Hussein Ties" by Robert Parry, lamenting an historical oversight about 1980s' arms sales. (July 2, 2009)

"Wealth Inequality Destroys US Ideals” by Don Monkerud, assessing an economic challenge to democracy. (July 4, 2009)

"Republicans, a Threat to the Republic?" by Robert Parry, noting how risky Sarah Palin's VP nomination was. (July 5, 2009)

"Judging the Iranian Election" by William Blum, criticizing the U.S. media's lack of objectivity. (July 6, 2009)

"Obama's Iran Peace Talk Dilemmas" by Robert Parry, describing Iran's peace plan and President Obama's political concerns. (July 7, 2009)

"Is Texas Harboring Torture Decider?" by Ray McGovern, questioning President Bush's comfy retirement. (July 7, 2009)

"Ancient Israeli Myths Deter Peace" by Robert Parry, debunking old legends that hurt chances for peace in the Middle East. (July 8, 2009)

"CIA's History of Lying to Congress," by Lisa Pease, recounting the CIA's sorry record of telling the truth. (July 10, 2009)

"The CIA's Ghosts of Tegucigalpa," by Jerry Meldon, recalling the violence unleashed on Central America. (July 14, 2009)

"Cheney Sweats Out the Summer" by Ray McGovern, describing ex-Vice President Cheney's reasons to worry. (July 14, 2009)

"Bush's Hit Teams" by Robert Parry, explaining how loose military rules of engagement permitted murders. (July 15, 2009)

"Cronkite's Unintended Legacy” by Robert Parry, revealing the late newsman's impact on the Right and the Left. (July19, 2009)

"To Save the Republic, Tax the Rich?" by Robert Parry, looking at how progressive taxation helps a democratic Republic. (July 20, 2009)

"Christ's Teachers v. US Health Care" by Howard Bess, lamenting how many Christians forget Jesus's commitment to the poor and sick. (July 21, 2009)

"Obama Lawyers Shield Cheney on Leak,” by Jason Leopold, describing Obama's novel theories to protect Cheney's secrets. (July 22, 2009)

"Dallas: Into the Belly of the Beast” by Ray McGovern, recounting his speech to ex-President Bush's neighbors. (July 23, 2009)

"Recalling the Downing Street Minutes," by Ray McGovern, reflecing on the significance of the hard evidence on the Iraq deception. (July 24, 2009)

"Obama's Health-Care 'Waterloo'" by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, tracking the bare-knuckle brawal on health reform. (July 25, 2009)

"Obama, the Great Wealth Creator?” by Robert Parry, explaining the media double standards on President Obama. (July 27, 2009)

"Obama Faces Carter/Clinton Parallels” by Robert Parry, comparing the travails of three Democratic presidents. (July 29, 2009)

"US Judge Orders Afghan Youth Freed” by Jason Leopold, describing the rejection of Bush/Obama arguments. (July 31, 2009)

"Christians Largely Mum on Torture” by Ray McGovern, lamenting how Jesus's followers betrayed his sacrifice as a torture victim. (July 31, 2009)

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