Adam B.

Stories by Adam B. Kushner

  • The School of Hacking

    If college students can beat the best antivirus programs, why do people spend nearly $5 billion a year on them?
  • Palin As Truman: How It Works, How It Doesn't

    The Comparison Veep nominee Sarah Palin answers concerns about her inexperience by comparing herself to Harry Truman, who became president three months into his term, when FDR died. At the time, Truman didn't even know about the development of the atom bomb. Why It WorksBoth had non-elite upbringings and, as Palin says, "unlikely" paths to high office. In the reformer category, both were early supporters of pork projects (Truman's early political career was backed by the Pendergast machine) who later lambasted wastefulness and fraud. Why It Doesn't Truman, a World War I vet, was selected more for his 10-year service in the Senate, where he voted on major national legislation and steered a war-preparedness committee, than his origins as a small-town Missouri haberdasher, as Palin has suggested.
  • The Foreign Policy of John McCain

    McCain recognizes there are certain people in the world whom you can't use any word other than evil to describe.
  • Lieberman's Languid GOP Address

    By Adam Kushner Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman, who has this year displayed enthusiasm for the candidacy of his friend John McCain, muddled through his GOP convention speech tonight like a reluctant accomplice. Those who expected to see shades of Democrat Zell Miller, who delivered a fiery attack on John Kerry and the Democrats in 2004, were surely disappointed....
  • Department of Displaced Persons

    By Adam Kushner MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Now that New Orleans-my hometown-seems to have dodged another bullet, the musicians performing at the Friends of New Orleans benefit concert here (there was one in Denver, too) are almost grateful for Hurricane Gustav. “The phones ain’t working and I know there’s water in my neighborhood, but I don’t know how much,” said Tab Benoit, the Houma, La. native and guitar-wielding frontman for the Wetland Allstars. Still, if it hadn’t been for this storm, “we wouldn’t get the attention we get now.”Friends of New Orleans converted the back of Minneapolis’s First Avenue music hall into an assembly center for Gulf Coast care packages, which guests put together. And Benoit used the occasion to describe the wetland erosion that has destroyed an area of marshland “the size of Delaware” in recent decades (thanks largely to plans by the Amy Corps of Engineers stuff the Mississippi into a narrow chute rather than a broad delta that deposits sediment on the...
  • Technology: Facebook vs. College Reunions

    Before he graduated from Tulane in 2003, Ardalen Minokadeh spent most of his waking hours in one of two places: P.J.'s Coffee on Maple Street and the late-night carrels at the University Center. But he didn't revisit any of his old New Orleans haunts during his five-year college reunion last month, because he didn't go. He already sees plenty of his closest Tulane pals, and as for the dozens of more distant friends from school, why does he need a reunion when he's got Facebook? Social networking has largely been a force for good, reconnecting grade-school classmates, creating a whole new approach to dating and enabling employers to check up on new hires. But it might just kill the college reunion.Historically, reunions have used voyeurism as a lure. Who lives where, who got hitched, who got fat—you had to show up to find out. But now the answers are all online. "Facebook has turned the idea of college reunions from an expensive necessity to just expensive," says Kevin Pang, who...
  • Dealing With the Devil

    When Israel swaps prisoners with its enemies, it gets back its fallen soldiers but hurts the rest of us.
  • Taking A High Flier

    With big orders and pushy demands, Middle East carriers are upending the global airline industry.
  • Repression 2.0

    Totalitarian states are learning to control citizens by creating the impression of ubiquitous surveillance.
  • Lawrence Summers: ‘A Long Way From The 1970s’

    Lawrence Summers, the former Treasury Secretary, is as well credentialed as anyone to assess the global credit crisis. He won the John Bates Clark award for best economist under 40, was chief economist at the World Bank and ran Harvard University. But that almost certainly didn't stop a gasp of relief that he hadn't been in office to witness a financial crisis like this one. NEWSWEEK's Adam B. Kushner chatted with him by telephone about the prospects for recession, and for a new era of tighter regulation. Excerpts: ...
  • A Ghost Of War’s Past

    The Treaty of Versailles didn't just provoke World War II. It betrayed the very idea of the nation-state.
  • Q&A: Mexico’s Vicente Fox

    Mexico's last President, Vicente Fox, ended more than 70 years of uninterrupted one-party rule when he assumed office in 2000. Today, the former Coca-Cola executive is trying to find a place in a competitive field: former heads of state. He has an anti-poverty foundation, a think tank for global democracy and a new book detailing his exploits, repudiating the wall on his U.S. border and poking gentle fun at George W. Bush. He talked with NEWSWEEK's Adam B. Kushner. ...
  • Books: The Supreme Court's Secrets

    A new book about the Supreme Court focuses on the private lives of the justices. But should they be treated like Britneys in black?