Stories by Karen Breslau

  • How Alaska Will Remember Sen. Ted Stevens

    Despite his conviction for violating federal ethics laws, Sen. Ted Stevens may be best remembered by Alaskans for helping secure an endless stream of federal dollars for the state he helped found.
  • Did Palin Flip-Flop on Gay Rights?

    Watching the vice presidential debate, you might have gotten the impression that Sarah Palin supports civil rights for same-sex couples. During an exchange on the topic, both she and Joe Biden said they oppose gay marriage. But Biden added that he and Barack Obama favor granting gay couples many of the same benefits—hospital visitation rights, health benefits—that married couples enjoy. Palin was tougher to pin down. She clearly didn't want to appear intolerant, but neither did she want to seem to embrace gay rights. "[N]o one would ever propose, not in a McCain-Palin administration, to do anything to prohibit, say, visitations in a hospital or contracts being signed …" she said.The folks in Alaska might have been surprised to hear that. In the past, Palin has described her opposition to granting gay couples the benefits married couples receive. In an August 2007 interview with NEWSWEEK, Palin said she had upheld such benefits (angering fellow conservatives) but only because the...
  • Inside Hillary’s Clip File

    'Why should I leave? I don't understand … Why don't people ask [Obama] the same question?'
  • New Green Jobs

    Even in a shaky economy, there are expanding opportunities in environmentally friendly industries.
  • Wronged Wives

    Humiliated, how do you stand by your man—and why would you?
  • Hillary’s Iowa Challenge

    Hillary Clinton's advisers worry that a poor Iowa finish could hurt the candidate's once-commanding nationwide lead.
  • Steve Grove: How to Run for President, YouTube Style

    Steve Grove believes in the wisdom of crowds. And the smartest people he knows are YouTube's estimated 71 million users, who collectively post and watch as many as 2.5 billion online videos a month. As YouTube's political director, Grove, 30, considers himself less an editor than a "curator" of the Web site's "chaotic sea of content." A lot of the site's political fare is anything but high-minded or serious—the sultry YouTube fave "Obama Girl" and all those wonderfully snarky homemade videos mocking Hillary Clinton's robotic laugh or John Edwards's obsessive hair and makeup routine. But user-created clips are also shaping coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign in ways unimagined in 2006, when a viral video of Sen. George Allen calling his rival's campaign worker "macaca" ended the Virginia Republican's career—and led to what Grove calls "the birth of YouTube politics."YouTube, which didn't even exist three years ago, found its way into the mainstream awfully fast. At...
  • Green Energy Big Issue for '08

    If you run a business that's into renewable power, expect a presidential candidate to stop by. We profile four such companies on the cutting edge.
  • It’s Not Easy Being Green

    Does your vinyl shower curtain contribute to global warming? Will using a plastic razor doom the polar bears? How many bike trips does it take to offset your environmental sins? For well-meaning but utterly confused consumers, the editors of Grist.org, an environmental Web site, have published "Wake Up and Smell the Planet," a (biodegradable, of course) handbook with tips for greening your life. NEWSWEEK'S Karen Breslau spoke with Grist founder Chip Giller: ...
  • Calif. Avoids Katrina Comparison

    In the nation's biggest natural disaster since the devastating hurricane wrecked the Gulf Coast, California so far has proven to provide efficient disaster relief.
  • Now This Is Woman’s Work

    There are more female governors in office than ever before, and they are making their mark with a pragmatic, postpartisan approach to solving state problems.
  • The Oakland Bakery Linked to Slain Newsman

    For years, officials stood by as the operators of an Oakland bakery were implicated in a rash of violent crimes. Now, the bakery has been linked to the murder of a crusading journalist.
  • Archive Coverage

    NEWSWEEK's Sharon Begley joined us for a Live Talk on Wednesday, August 8, at noon, ET, about climate change denial and its lasting pervasiveness.
  • Environment: The Bottled-Water Battle

    Nothing irks Salt Lake City Mayor Ross (Rocky) Anderson more than seeing people tote water in plastic bottles. In fact, he argues, his city has some of the best tap water in the country. Several months ago, Anderson instructed department heads to stop buying bottled water for the city's 2,200 workers and provide coolers and fountains instead. "For a long time, I've viewed [bottled water] as a huge marketing scam," he says.Considering that Americans chug more than 30 billion single-serving bottles of water a year, Anderson's campaign is at most a drop in the you-know-what. But there are signs of a push to bring back the tap, led by mayors who want to cut down on global warming. Anderson is urging the U.S. Conference of Mayors to promote tap water as a way to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. In San Francisco, residents who sign an online pledge not to buy plastic water bottles get a free stainless-steel water container. Some cities, aware that companies filter and sell municipal tap...

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