The Periscope

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The Periscope


Brown, Tina, Newsweek


Byline: Tina Brown

American Pipeline

Northern Exposure

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Canada is a placid place--acknowledged, that is, by all but Dick Cheney. Fearing a rowdy reception by local demonstrators, the former vice president has canceled a proposed trip to Toronto in April. The last time Cheney was reckless enough to venture north, he was confined to the Vancouver Club for seven hours while police tranquilized the rioting hordes outside.

Santorum vs. Gomorrah

At election time, politicians throw promises about like confetti. But few have sworn explicitly to enforce federal obscenity laws--until Rick Santorum. "If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so," wrote the former senator on his campaign website, declaring robust war on smut. In Santorum's view, "America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography," while "the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families."

Most Expensive Op-Ed

Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, excoriated the firm in a New York Times op-ed, quitting his job and accusing his employers of some serious turpitude. The street made its verdict clear: $2.15 billion of Goldman Sachs's market value was wiped out the day after the op-ed appeared.

Diplomatic pouch

Better Late Than Never

Forty-three years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their lunar footfall, Roskosmos (Russia's NASA) has announced that it, too, will put a man on the moon--by 2030. …

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