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  • Photos from Iran: Protesters Clash with Police

    The Boston Globe has assembled some of the best photos of the protests today and over the weekend in Iran, the biggest street demonstrations in the country since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The AP reported earlier that at least one protester was shot and killed by police. Some reports put the number as high as seven. Just a warning: these photos show some violent confrontations. Some, especially toward the bottom, are pretty graphic.
  • We Read it So You Don't Have To: NY Mag on Kirsten Gillibrand

    It's been a rough few months for Kirsten Gillibrand, the new senator from New York who took the reigns of Hillary Clinton's old seat. There were the umpteen state and senate colleagues who looked at her appointment by governor David Paterson with awe, and not the good kind. A handful of lawmakers from the state felt snubbed by Patterson's curve ball choice. One New York rep used the term "mind numbing" to describe Gillibrand's ascension to the senate.But six months in, she's trying desperately to turn things around and New York Magazine takes a good look at Gillibrand, revealing a fierce and complex woman. She runs at warp speed as the keeper of her own schedule -- public and private. Not to mention she's the only member of the U.S. Senate (although we can't be certain) who pumps breast milk for her toddler before heading to the capitol each morning.On the policy front, Gillibrand ran into some hurdles in her early days as a senator, just...
  • Unturnings: Intel reports under Bush sport biblical quote

    Our favorites this morning from around the web:Daily Intel briefing: bible quote need not applyDuring the Bush presidency, at least in 2003, when the war in Iraq had high casualties, bible quotes apparently targeted at supporting the war effort were put on the first page of Bush's daily intelligence briefings from the Pentagon. Of course likening U.S. soldiers to Christian crusaders didn't sit so well with at least one Muslim analyst and seemed inappropriate to others. (AP)Bill Clinton, who has focused his time since his presidency on philanthropic works, was named a United Nations special envoy to Haiti. Clinton had visited the island nation two months ago alongside the U.N. Secretary General to raise awareness about the massive damage left in the wake of harsh storms last year. (Miami Herald)Obama does not take stance on gays in militaryPresident Obama who campaigned on reforming the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military let the deadline pass...
  • Shining Light On Cheney's Hideaway

    This just in from Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, a frequent purveyor of political anecdotes. She bring us an enlightening one here regarding the (quote) undisclosed location (unquote) we heard lots about in the days after Sept. 11. Here's Eleanor:Ever wonder about that secure, undisclosed location where Dick Cheney secreted himself after the 9/11 attacks? Joe Biden reveals the bunker-like room is at the Naval Observatory in Washington, where Cheney lived for eight years and which is now home to Biden. The veep related the story to his head-table dinner mates when he filled in for President Obama at the Gridiron Club earlier this year. He said the young naval officer giving him a tour of the residence showed him the hideaway, which is behind a massive steel door secured by an elaborate lock with a narrow connecting hallway lined with shelves filled with communications equipment. The officer explained that when Cheney was in lock down, this was where his most trusted aides were...
  • Page Turner-The Enchanted Forrest

    The German sociologist max Weber once wrote that centuries of industrialization and secularization had influenced widespread "disenchantment" with nature—a view of earth and its wildlife as inert objects for the taking. In his new book "A Reenchanted World," sociologist James William Gibson identifies a growing social movement, arguing that human connections with the earth are the last hope to save an environment at risk of permanently disappearing. ...
  • Bo's 15 Minutes, And Then Some

    It's been a big week in Washington, especially for Bo Obama, the recently-promoted presidential pup. Just how big was the news that the first pooch had arrived? Our friends at Newsweek Video pulled together a surprising mash-up of all the coverage. With such a high profile, we wonder if the fifth Obama could soon be getting a PR agent of his own.
  • Pizza Snub: Windy City Left in the Cold

    When Katie wrote earlier this week that the White House asked some Midwest pizza makers to come bake deep-dish pies for the first family, we thought it was a fun enterprising story about life on Pennsylvania Avenue. Pizza in the White House? Oh those Obamas. They're just like the rest of us!But it turns out that everything -- and apparently everything -- that POTUS does is a political statement, least of which being his pizza choice. Here's why: White House staff extended the come-bake-for-us invitation to two pizza makers from St. Louis even though the Obamas are from Chicago, which also happens to be the origin and epicenter of deep-dish pizza. At first Chicago pizza-bosses didn't believe it. Then, when confirmed, they got insulted.The Chicago Tribune reports that the snub has ruffled feathers in Obama's home town. "I like his economic policy—I think he's going to get us out of trouble. I like his foreign policy—he's making friends around the...
  • Video Satire: America's Next Top Super First Lady

    From the team of aces that brought you The District, here's the next installment of Newsweek's reality TV take of the Obamas' new life. Last week, TV pundits turned Michelle Obama into a globetrotting supermodel. This week, the folks at Newsweek Video take it a step further.
  • NEWSWEEK Poll: Obama Gets Mixed Reviews

    NEWSWEEK Poll: Obama's approval ratings remain high, but a growing number of Americans are skeptical about his approach to fixing the economy.
  • Volcano Monitoring? Well Funny You Should Mention

    We all remember last month when, responding to Obama's address to congress, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal cheerfully criticized the president's spending proposals as crazy, futile wastes of money. Things like, oh you know, volcano monitoring. Rather than monitor volcanoes, Jindal said, "Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington." Zing.Clever, right? Well, from our friends at the SF Chonicle, it turns out that keeping an eye on volcanoes is actually pretty important. Especially in Alaska, where Mount Redoubt (about 100 miles from Anchorage) is near ready to blow. We don't know much about threat levels, but we'll go out on a limb that Code Red might not be good. We'll also venture that a speechwriter somewhere just lost its wings.
  • The District: Not-So-Funny Business

    Compliments of Sarah Frank and the talented folks at Newsweek video, it's this week's episode of The District. Check out the rundown and check back each week for the next chapter.If the honeymoon still wasn't over, it sure is now. The AIG mess turns into a finger-pointing game around town that lands everyone's eyes on Barack's money man, Timmy Geithner. But it doesn't matter, because the prez has his back, even when times get rough. To get away from the drama and the wicked cold of DC, the man in charge takes a junket out to sunny California for some pointers on governating from his Demublican pal (and Kennedy in-law) Ah-nold. Then he swings by Jay's desk for some laughs, but quickly learns that even in LA, it ain't all funny business. Click the player to tune in. 
  • The Growing Hunger for Positive News Stories

    Is the glut of bad news getting you down? Not me. I've tapped into the growing number of outlets that produce nothing but positive stories—and I'm never going back.
  • Unturnings: Friday, March 20

    Our favorites this morning from around the web:The tax man cometh Getting back in the groove I Obama out to lunch? Nothing to see here Don't call me special Pass the tomatoes
  • Unturnings: Monday, March 16

    Our morning picks from around the web: Surely you know who I amIt used to be bars and hotel rooms where idling lawmakers got in trouble. Add to that list airports. Sen. David Vitter's airport blow-up showed a larger tendency for the elected to feel entitled to the first class treatment, sometimes at their peril. (Politico)Database diplomacy Obama won in November because of how he harnessed a grassroots army. Now, for the first time as president, he's enlisting those same troops to help him win a policy fight: passing the budget. (Washington Post)Are we there yet?Has the economy hit rock bottom? When will we know when it does? It depends what you want to hear. (NY Times)You've got a great voice for still photosEither from party operatives or his own inner conscience, RNC chairman Michael Steele got a clear message over the weekend: stay away from TV for a while. (Washington Post)
  • Unturnings: Morning picks

    Our roundup of the web's most "hmm"-inducing reads. A nation in need of Harvard...
  • Monday Mix

    From here and there, our favorites from around the web....
  • Obama's New Logo For Stimulus Projects

    The simplest way to earn credit for getting something built is to put your name on it. Which is why President Obama asked the same Chicago firm that designed his campaign logo, Mode, to create a symbol that will appear at the site of every project funded by his stimulus bill. It's an idea with roots in FDR's National Recovery Administration, which used a silhouetted eagle symbol beginning in 1933 to convey the program's breadth. An Obama spokesman, though, says that an allusion to the New Deal "wasn't any part of the thinking here." They just wanted a cool symbol that shouted "stimulus."Graphic designers, however, say they missed the mark. The individual icons—the plant, the gears—are too generic to send a clear message, and they're crammed into too small a space. Steff Geissbuhler, the brain behind NBC's peacock, thinks just "Recovery.gov" by itself in a small condensed font would've been more effective. If the White House asks, Geissbuhler has even offered to do a redesign—free of...
  • Reinventing the GOP: Sanford: Build Local

    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford sees a strong future for the Republican Party, provided it's rebuilt in what he sees as the right way: on the local level, far from the halls of Congress and the GOP's national headquarters. Republican ideals haven't changed, he said last week, but he thinks the ways the party engages new people will have to. NEWSWEEK's Daniel Stone asked Sanford who's responsible to lead the party from here and what he thinks about the party's national leadership. Excerpts: ...
  • Top Morning Picks

    Our favorites this morning from around the web:...