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. 150, No. 17, October 22

A Dark and Stormy Life
Byline: Sharon Begley The 'Peanuts' kids were vulnerable, poetic and ageless. A new biography reveals that their talented creator was much loved but unfaithful, drawing artistic inspiration from failure. FROM TOP: [c] UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE...
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A Fight over an Ugly Past
Byline: Michael Isikoff The House Committee vote to label Turkey's mass killing of Armenians during World War I as a "genocide" followed one of the most intense, and unusual, battles on Capitol Hill in recent memory. The measure passed despite a...
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An Inconvenient Price
Byline: George F. Will Economics is "the dismal science," in part because it puts a price tag on the pleasure of moralizing. This is pertinent to the crusade, often masquerading as journalism, aimed at hectoring developed nations into taking "strong"...
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A River Runs through Me
Byline: Molly Schachner; Schachner Lives In Pittsburgh. If I wanted to see more of my boyfriend, I knew I had to make a change. So I got on the water. For a mildly claustrophobic person, enclosing oneself in five feet of sealed plastic and rubber...
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Before We Bomb Iran --
Byline: Jonathan Alter Debra Burlingame says there's got to be a better way to confront Iran. Her brother Charles F. (Chic) Burlingame was the captain of American Airlines Flight 77, the airliner hijacked and flown into the Pentagon on 9/11. Since...
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Dems Are the New Republicans
Byline: Daniel Gross Don't take this the wrong way. But everything you know about the link between business and politics is incorrect. For nearly the entire 20th century, a simple formula held: business people like Republicans and don't like Democrats....
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From Barricades to Blogs
Byline: Jennie Yabroff; With Martha Brant and Eve ConantWith and As the architects of the 1970s women's movement age, they wonder if anyone will march in their place. In 1978, 100,000 women marched on Washington demanding equal rights. Over the...
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Love and War
Byline: Christopher Dickey And Jessica Ramirez; With Larry Kaplow In BaghdadWith In Baghdad What's striking about this conflict is not that Americans and Iraqis have met on the battlefield and fallen in love and married. It's that so few have. In...
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Love Thy (Gay) Neighbor
Byline: Lisa Miller He is the nicest right-wing evangelical powerhouse you've never heard of. Jim Daly grew up the last of five children in what anyone would call a broken home. His mother died when he was 10 and he lived with, in turn, a stepfather,...
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Ms. Hilton Gets Serious. Please Stop Laughing
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Rich girl. Party animal. Jailbird. America's No. 1 heir-head wants to get out of the bimbo business. Paris Hilton needs a new face. That's not an esthetic judgment. It is, at the moment, an occupational necessity. Hilton...
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Perspectives
"America is living a nightmare with no end in sight." Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, former commander in Iraq, in a speech on the Bush administration's "desperate" surge strategy, which he says will not achieve long-term stability in the country....
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Polarizing Bears No More
Byline: Tony Dokoupil In "common ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America," conservative columnist Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel, a liberal political consultant, offer a road map to peace in Washington after decades of mudslinging....
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Surviving the Water Bored
Byline: David Ansen 'Rendition' doesn't just torture its characters. Nothing if not timely, "Rendition" arrives days after the Supreme Court said it would not take up the case of an innocent German who claimed he was abducted by the CIA and tortured...
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Take A Literary Field Trip
Byline: Anna Kuchment Last summer Bill Busse, a retired architect from Palo Alto, Calif., took a trip down the Mississippi River and through the pages of his favorite childhood stories. In the Mark Twain Mississippi River Tour (from $5,495; literarytraveler.com),...
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The Case for Chutes and Ladders
Byline: Sharon Begley Considering that there is nothing to the "Mozart effect," in which playing classical music to babies supposedly improves their "spatiotemporal reasoning," it has had amazing staying power. Along with similar cases of a gullible...
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The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham We have two pieces of news close to home: a redesign of the magazine and of NEWSWEEK.com. Our renovations come at an interesting time for journalism. As the number of news outlets expands, it is said, attention spans shrink;...
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The End of Exceptionalism
Byline: Fareed Zakaria Good news doesn't sell. You are unlikely to see a newspaper headline that says no fires in New York City last night. But it's worth pointing out that there are important positive trends afoot in the world. Large majorities...
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The Latte Era Grinds Down
Average Americans were living like the Riches, thanks to easy credit and the real-estate bubble. Now they're trading down instead of trading up. Brian LaCroix, a 34-year-old computer engineer, developed a taste for expensive coffees. Earlier this...
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The Man Behind Blackwater
Dutiful and intense, son of a self-made billionaire, Erik Prince is an adventure seeker and conservative true believer. An exclusive. Erik Prince likes to point out that in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, stand the statues of four military...
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The Opportunity They Never Had
Byline: Monica Campbell Mexican migrants in the United States fund scholarships back home. Maria Rojas begged her five brothers to let her go with them to the United States. They all were fed up with stunted corn harvests and the prospect of...
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The Oscar Goes to -- the Top Bidder
Byline: Ramin SetoodehRamin Setoodeh Wanna buy an Oscar? Because of a rule established in 1950 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which allows the organization to buy back unwanted statues for $1 before the public gets a shot, the...
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Throwingthe Book at Him
Byline: Mark HosenballMark Hosenbal The federal investigation of Bernard Kerik, former New York police commissioner and Rudy Giuliani sidekick, appears to be edging toward a denouement. But legal sources familiar with the inquiry, who asked for...
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Troubled 'From Day One'
Byline: Joan RaymondJoan Raymond in 1983, Michael Grassie was a marine stationed in Beirut when terrorists bombed his barracks. Badly injured, he returned to the United States with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star and took a job at a pulley factory....
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Unlucky Charms at Lunch
Byline: Daniel Mcginn And Roxana PopescuAnd This is National School Lunch Week, so be sure to ask your children what tasty cafeteria food they've been eating lately -- and if they mention Trix or Cocoa Puffs, don't be too surprised. Even as legislators...
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What's Chemo, Mommy?
Byline: Mary Carmichael There are no easy answers when parents with young kids become seriously ill. How new strategies help families cope. Lily Wilson is 4 years old and likes to pretend she's a nurse. When real nurses come to her house in Worcester,...
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William Baldwin, on the Cheap
Byline: Nicki Gostin William Baldwin, a.k.a. the cutest Baldwin, stars in ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money." He talked to Nicki Gostin. Where are you? I borrowed my mother-in-law's car while mine was being repaired, so I have to clean hers, gas it...
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Your Child Was out of Line
Byline: Kathleen Deveny When I was waiting to buy ice cream at a beach community near New York two months ago, I overheard something I haven't been able to forget. A 10- or 11-year-old boy standing in front of me made a smirky comment to his friends...
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