Newsweek

Newsweek is a weekly news magazine covering current events and politics in America. Newsweek magazine is published by Newsweek, Inc. and is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It has been published since 1933 and is currently owned by Sidney Harman. Newsweek covers national news and is the second largest weekly news magazine in the United States, behind Time Magazine. Newsweek was founded in 1933 as News-Week by Thomas J.C. Martyn, a former foreign Time magazine editor. At that time, the magazine cost 10 cents a copy and $4 per year. The name changed to Newsweek in 1937 and it merged with Raymond Moley's weekly magazine, Today. Moley was a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Brain Trust" and to distinguish itself from its competition, Time, which had a similar format, Newsweek carved a reputation for itself as being more liberal and serious in tone. It was the first to assign writer by-lines for its editorial columns. The Washington Post Company bought the magazine in 1961 and its liberal publisher, Katharine Graham, continued to set the publication apart from its two main competitors (Time and U.S. News & World Report). Starting in 2008, the company went through massive restructuring and suffered a reported 50 percent in subscriber rate loss in one year and $28 million in revenue in 2009. The magazine was sold to stereo pioneer Sidney Harman, who is husband to California Congresswoman Jane Harman, in August 2010. Newsweek's editor Jon Meacham's resignation from the magazine coincided with the sale. 52 percent of the readership are men and 47 percent are women. The average age of readers is 52 and 88 percent have either attended or graduated from college. The average personal income of its readers is $99,792.In the 1950s, Newsweek became a leader in in-depth reporting of racial diversity and in the 1960s, under then-editor Osborn Elliott, it became a voice for advocacy journalism, where subjective political positions are countebalanced with facts. In August 1976, Newsweek reported that federal investigators had enough evidence to prove that former Teamsters Union boss James Hoffa was strangled to death July 30, 1974, the day he disappeared outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. The article further reported that the murder was planned and executed outside Michigan. In 1998, Newsweek killed a story about White House intern Monica Lewinsky's sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. The story broke on news aggregate website, the Drudge Report, which reported that Newsweek's reporter, Michael Isikoff, had gathered enough evidence from sources to publish the story and name Lewinsky, when at the last minute the magazine decided to pull it. Newsweek eventually published the story after the Drudge Report made it public. The magazine is reknowned for its investigative war reporting, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel Klaidman is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 130, No. 19, November 10

A Fast Break in Boston: Can Pitino Restore the Celtics to Glory?
Can Pitino restore the Celtics to glory? RICK PITINO CROUCHES AT THE CORNER of basketball's most famous parquet floor and calmly gazes upcourt at what, for most rookie coaches, would be a harrowing sight. In Boston on NBA opening night, Pitino's...
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A Hermit Goes into the Deck
On trial for his life, Ted Kaczynski has a new haircut but his old words may come back to haunt him EVER SINCE FBI AGENTS stormed his squalid Montana cabin 19 months ago, Theodore Kaczynski has been a model prisoner. The suspected Unabomber appears...
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A Noise in Jiang's Ear
Last week's summit, dominated by the debate on human rights, demonstrates just how far apart Washington and Beijing remain on key issues IT BEGAN, AS POSTSUMMIT PRESS conferences are apt to, with a dry recitation of accords. But what followed tore...
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Bush's Legacy Thing
Torn as always between modesty and pride, the former president awaits the verdict of history GEORGE BUSH WAS CLEARLY UNCOMFORTABLE. Everywhere he looked in his $83 million presidential library, the images of his life peered back at him. His enlarged...
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'I Didn't Do Anything'
In a verdict that's roiling two nations, a jury disagrees and finds that a British au pair murdered her 8-month-old charge by shaking him to death. Inside the trial--and its aftermath. WHEN THE JURY'S VERDICT-- guilty of murder in the second degree...
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It's a Spice World. Again. A Second Album - and a Tidal Wave of Marketing
A second album and a tidal wave of marketing THE SPICE GIRLS MAY NOT HAVE much to offer musically, but they're smarter than you think. Unlike other successful pop acts who pay no attention to the business end and cry broke years later, the girls...
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Keeping Your Kids Safe: For Millions of Parents, Child Care Is an Enduring - and Scary - Problem. Here's How to Do It Smart
For millions of parents, child care is an enduring-- and scary--problem. Here's how to do it smart. THE WOODWARD TRIAL evokes working parents' worst fear: that the person looking after their kids is cruel or incompetent. While physical abuse is...
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Lara Croft, the Bit Girl: How a Game Star Became a '90S Icon
How a game star became a '90s icon. IT'S NOT EASY BEING Lara Croft. After the British aristocrat and adventure-seeking archeologist starred in last year's hit Tomb Raider, she appeared on the cover of 40 magazines, toured with U2, modeled Gucci...
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Louder and Prouder: Tweaking and Booming at the Car-Stereo Olympics
Tweaking and booming at the car-stereo Olympics THE LOUDEST CAR STEREO IN THE world does not belong to that teenager down the block. It belongs to a 62-year-old woman from Phoenix, Ariz. Alma Gates and her son Patrick, 20, have fit their 1988...
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My Own Son Didn't Listen
If he had just worn a seat belt as I'd always begged him to do, Nik might not have died AS A FLIGHT NURSE EMPLOYED BY A HOSPITAL-BASED aeromedical helicopter service, I regularly respond to life-and-death situations. For 18 years I have flown to...
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No Desperate Hours: Behind the Scenes with the Administrations's Main Money Man as the Market's Turmoil Unfolded
Behind the scenes with the administration's main money man as the market's turmoil unfolded TREASURY SECRETARY Robert E. Rubin was the Clinton administration's point man last week as the government sought to contain the turmoil on Wall Street and...
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Outrage Is Not a Policy
President Clinton did well to resist pressures to turn the summit into a one-issue meeting on human rights. PRESIDENT JIANG ZEMIN'S VISIT TO WASHINGTON HAS evoked America's fundamental ambivalence about the nature of foreign policy. From the point...
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Pop's Bid for Broadway: Songwriters like Paul Simon Turn to Staging Musicals
BROADWAY IS BRACING FOR THE ATTACK of the Platinum Pop People. A phalanx of superstar songwriters is hoping to recharge musical theater with its commercial savvy. Everyone from Paul Simon to Jimmy Buffer to Frank Wildhorn (Who? We'll get to that ...)...
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Rake's Progress: The '70S Revival Isn't Just about Nostalgia for Bell-Bottoms. It's about Sex. from 'Boogie Nights' to 'The Ice Storm,' the Rogue Male Is Back
The '70s revival isn't just about nostalgia for bell-bottoms. It's about sex. From 'Boogie Nights' to 'The Ice Storm,' the rogue male is back. EARLY IN THE FILM "BOOGIE Nights," the character Dirk Diggler gets his big break in the dirty-movie...
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Reality Bites
Some folks thought the economy and the stock market would soar forever. Maybe now they know better. NOW WE KNOW THAT stocks really do go down as well as up, don't we? But wait a minute. Aren't horrific market days like Monday's 554-point drop in...
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Red Corner
A Chinese star risks her country's wrath with 'Red Corner' BAI LING'S FRIENDS IN CHINA TELL her that the Chinese government hates her new movie, Red Corner. In it Richard Gere plays an American lawyer framed for murder in Beijing, and Bai Ling--...
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The AIDS Predator
THE WAY HIS NEIGHBORS ON THE streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., tell it, Nushawn Williams has never had it easy. Their charges: His grandmother smokes crack. He has no idea who his father is. His mother has prostituted herself and even made his little sister...
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The Globe Shudders
IT WAS JUST HOURS AFTER A SECOND, TUMULTUOUS day in the U.S. stock market had come to an end. To the relief of investors around the world, the market last Tuesday had risen sharply, the first blessed evidence in three trading days that stocks weren't...
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The Great Cell Invasion: Americans Love Wireless Phones but Hate the Ugly Antennas Needed to Make the Gadgets Work
Americans love wireless phones but hate the ugly antennas needed to make the gadgets work FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE AFFLUENT Timberly South residential community in McLean, Va., this past Columbus Day was no picnic. That was when they got a new neighbor:...
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The Secret Computer Trade: Did Clinton Let Banned Technology Get to Moscow?
Did Clinton let banned technology get to Moscow? AT THE IBM OFFICE IN Moscow, the heat was on. The big, new Russia market beckoned, free from most of the Western export controls that kept high technology out of the Soviet Union for decades. By the...
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The Victims' Stories: He Charmed the Lost and the Unwanted
He charmed the lost and the unwanted, SHE KNEW HIM AS "FACE" AND thought he was cute. "He was like, 'What's up, baby? You look so good, you are so pretty'." This was sometime in October 1996, a month after Nushawn Williams was told he was HIV-positive....
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Through the Eyes of Testino: Diana's Last Portraits Bring the Artist Fame
Diana's last portraits bring the artist fame MARIO TESTINO HAS SHOT AD CAMPAIGNS for Gucci, the Gap and Versace. He is a favorite contributor to the Big Four fashion magazines: American, Italian, British and French Vogue. Though little known outside...
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What's That Black Box Doing under My Hood?
IN ANN ARBOR, MICH., THERE IS A family with a Ford F150 pickup truck. In the last two months they've taken it on 465 trips, for a total of 2,000 miles. They've moved the gearshift lever 1,200 -- times, sped down a highway at 87 miles per hour and let...
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Where Credits Are Due: Kyle Cooper's Eerie Designs Drag Movie Openings Kicking and Screaming into the 21st Century
Kyle Cooper's eerie designs drag movie openings kickin8 and screamin8 into the 21st century THE OPENING CREDITS ARE THE first thing you see when the lights go down at the cineplex, but they're often an afterthought in the filmmaking process. So...
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