September 13 Issue

On The Cover

The Puny Superpower

America’s role in the world is steadily shrinking—and that’s nothing to celebrate.

The Underdog

What’s it like to be a serious, earnest person running a completely doomed race against one of the biggest political celebrities of our time? Barbara Buono is finding out.
Big Shots
Carrying the Torch

Carrying the Torch

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) named Tokyo host of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games on September 7. IOC President Jacques Rogge awarded Tokyo the win after a head-to-head runoff with Istanbul. The 2020 Summer Olympics will mark the capital city’s second time hosting the games; the first time was in 1964.
Launch Slideshow 4 PHOTOS
Page One

Moderate or Loyalist?

Shelley Moore Capito is likely to be the next senator from West Virginia—if her own party doesn’t get in the way.
New World

The Parent Gap

A new study reminds us of the profound importance of engaged parenting.
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Hear Her Roar

Bonnie McKee, the songwriter behind a string of Katy Perry’s No. 1 hits, strikes out on her own.
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Mythos, Dirt, and Blood

Daniel Woodrell’s ‘The Maid’s Version’ takes a page from his big-screen success, ‘Winter’s Bone,’ with violence and grief couched in self-preservation and heartbreak.