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 March 14

An Arabian Spring; Democracy: Many Arabs Are Fed Up, and Want Their Freedom. Can People Power Prevail?
Byline: Christopher Dickey (With Kevin Peraino in Beirut, Babak Dehghanpisheh in Baghdad, Eve Conant in Washington, Carla Power in London and bureau reports) The raucous noises of newfound freedom ricocheted through the late-night streets of Lebanon's...
Back to the Front; Soldiers Who Lost Limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan Are Doing the Unthinkable: Going Back into Battle
Byline: Pat Wingert and T. Trent Gegax Army S/Sgt. Daniel Metzdorf figured his career as an infantryman was over when he lost his right leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq in January 2004. But back at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, Metzdorf saw other...
Condi's Clout Offensive; Rumsfeld Used to Roll Right over Her. Now It's Rice Who's Doing the Talking. Inside Her Path to Power
Byline: Michael Hirsh and Daniel Klaidman (With Eve Conant in Washington) Just two years ago, Donald Rumsfeld was the big man on George W. Bush's campus--the "matinee idol," as the president once called him--and Condoleezza Rice was just another...
Give Ballots to Felons? Do Liberals Who Oppose State Laws Denying Felons the Right to Vote Also Oppose Laws Denying Felons the Right to Own Guns?
Byline: George F. Will Under the stopped-clock principle--even a stopped clock is right twice a day--let the record show that Sens. Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Democrats from California, New York and Ohio, respectively,...
Green and Still Chic; Forget Birkenstocks. the New Generation of Ecofashion Even Works with Blahniks
Byline: Sarah Childress and Ginanne Brownell Here's a peek into your closet of the future. That sleek bodysuit? Woven from bamboo threads. The orange sheath? Corn fiber. The sequins on that red bolero jacket? Recycled Coke cans. All of these one-of-a-kind...
Heavenly Metal; 'Robots' Is an Animated Ode to the Machine Age-And a Testimony to Its Creators' Obsession
Byline: Malcolm Jones When William Joyce met Chris Wedge in 1996, they hit it off right away. They had been introduced by an executive at Twentieth Century Fox who thought the studio's Blue Sky computer-animation division might be the shop to turn...
History Is Going, Going, Gone; We Risk Losing the Thrill of Viewing and Touching the Actual Papers Handled by Geniuses
Byline: Steven Levy Almost 30 years ago I came to possess a little piece of computer history. At the time, it seemed to me a fairly straightforward handwritten letter acknowledging my request to terminate an apartment lease, with instructions on...
How to Be a Card Shark; Here's the 5 Zillion-Point Question: Do You Really Want Rewards from Your Credit Card? after All, the Cleanest Reward Deal Is 'Cash Back' on Purchases
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld) Zero percent interest on credit cards is so yesterday. You've heard it all: get a new credit card, run up big bills, don't pay in full (please ) and ride interest-free for six or 12...
Interview: 'People Are More Hopeful'
Byline: Jon Meacham In his office in Houston, still on an antimalarial- pill regimen from his trip to tsunami-ravaged Southeast Asia, former president George H.W. Bush turned from his desk to his credenza to find a note that had just come in. "Here's...
Letter from Prison: 'Did I Take Democracy Too Seriously?'; an Opposition Leader in Egypt Sends Us a Missive about Liberty-From Jail
Byline: Ayman Nour On Jan. 29, Egyptian security forces snatched me as I was leaving my seat in Parliament amid the cries of my political allies and the suspicious indifference of my opponents. I was dragged away and assigned to a new seat, at Tora...
Long after the Alarm Went off; the Statistics, So Worrisome about Blacks Then, Would Eventually Describe Reality for Whites. A Third of American Births Are to Single Women
Byline: Ellis Cose Late in life, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan complained that big ideas were no longer the special province of the Democratic Party. But in the '60s, the party had big ideas aplenty. And none were bigger than those championed by...
Money: Running Away to Retire
***** CORRECTION: In "Running Away To Retire" (Tip Sheet, March 14) we misattributed a statement to Donald Walter, a Seattle C.P.A. Walter did not claim that "Some countries will even tax your Social Security benefits." This fact was acquired from...
Motorola's Good Call; the Hot-Selling Razr Phone Launched a Comeback for Moto. Up Next: More Cool Designs and iTunes Phones
***** CORRECTION: In "Motorola's Good Call" (March 14) we misidentified Mike Zafirovski as Motorola's former CEO. He is the former COO. NEWSWEEK regrets the error. ***** Byline: Brad Stone CORRECTION APPENDED Robert Brunner never expected...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Jac Chebatoris Q&A: John Stamos John Stamos has had quite a career on the small screen. Rebel soap star Blackie, rockin' Uncle Jesse on "Full House," and now he's a New York City publicist on "Jake in Progress." He spoke...
Penmanship, the Newest SAT Worry
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Grammar and algebra are topics you'd expect high-school juniors facing the SAT to be reviewing. But all of a sudden, 16-year-old Jennifer Chang and her classmates at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., are obsessing...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources: CNN, Las Vegas Sun, L.A. Times, ABC News, The Washington Post, CNN'S "Inside Politics," Boston Globe, Fox News, Reuters, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, New York Daily News "It feels great to be home." Lifestyle guru Martha...
Racing on the Edge; Bode Miller Could Become the First American to Win the World Cup Title in More Than Two Decades
Byline: Mark Starr and Tracy McNicoll If Lance Armstrong has come to define the American champion abroad--single-minded, unwavering, respected but not loved--then Bode Miller is the anti-Armstrong. The 27-year-old American skier is, above all, not...
Rebirth of the Blues; Jason Moran Breathes New Life into the Classics
Byline: Malcolm Jones For most of his career, the jazz piano player Jason Moran, who is only 30, has been hailed as one of jazz's most thoughtful performers. The sheer clarity of his playing dispels, if only for a few minutes, the buzzing confusion...
Showing off a Little (Inner) Cleavage; Who Are We, the Women Who Have Traded Breasts for the Chance to Live? We Are the True Beauties
Byline: Geralyn Lucas (Lucas lives in New York City.) I understand why Melissa Etheridge bared her bald head at the Grammys a few weeks ago. After all, I wore bright, red lipstick to my mastectomy. It was my way of saying I knew I would still be...
The Brutal Price of Justice; A Judge Finds Her Husband and Mother Murdered. Was It a Random Crime, or White Supremacists out for Revenge?
Byline: Dirk Johnson (With Andrew Murr, Hilary Shenfeld and Daniel I. Dorfman) Joan Lefkow could have taken the easy way out. In 2003, the Chicago federal judge was presiding over a case involving white supremacist Matthew Hale, leader of the World...
The CIA Chief Steps into It. Yet Again
Byline: Mark Hosenball Bush critics and veteran intel operatives alike were amazed when CIA Director Porter Goss, in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Library last week, apparently said he found his job overwhelming. The embarrassing report only reinforced...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker Was George W. Bush right all this time about how to produce more democracy in the Arab world? That's the question even many critics of the administration have been asking themselves as they've watched the recent moving events...
The Gift of ADHD? Two New Books Look at the Upside of a Disorder
Byline: Anne Underwood Sam Grossman grew up thinking he was stupid, lazy and irresponsible--"a screw-up," as he puts it. Struggling with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), he constantly disappointed his parents and teachers alike....
Tricks of the Trade; Republicans Are Worried. Can Stagecraft Save Bush on Social Security?
Byline: Holly Bailey, Richard Wolffe and Tamara Lipper The White House likes to call them "regular folks"--people with real-life questions about the president's agenda. Only some are more regular than others. Carlos Huertas was billed as a concerned...
Troubadour Next Door; Have You Met the Mighty, Modest M. Ward? Listen Up
Byline: Devin Gordon Growing up in San Luis Obispo, Calif., singer-songwriter M. Ward, 31, logged hundreds of hours on car trips along the Pacific coast in the family Pontiac. Control of the radio was a dear privilege. Dad loved gospel and country....
What Bush Got Right; Freedom's March: The President Has Been Right on Some Big Questions. Now, If He Can Get the Little Stuff Right, He'll Change the World
Byline: Fareed Zakaria Events in the Middle East over the past few weeks have confirmed the theories of that great scholar of the region, Thomas (Tip) O'Neill. The late speaker of the House's most memorable aphorism was "All politics is local."...
When Secrets Get out; the ChoicePoint Controversy Isn't Just about Privacy. Regulators Are Now Probing Top Executives' Stock Sales
Byline: Charles Gasparino and Kathryn Williams ChoicePoint Inc. is in the business of tracking and selling secrets: sensitive information like credit histories, and Social Security and driver's-license numbers. But now the firm's top executives...
Why Can't a Black Actress Play the Girlfriend?
Byline: Allison Samuels "I learned early on," says a black actor whose well-known name he asked us not to use, "to ask that my wife or girlfriend, if I have one in the film, be African-American. If I didn't, she wouldn't be. I'm pretty sure Matt...