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  • The Quote of the Day

    So this is our proposal. This is where we’ve ended up. It’s an approach that has been debated and changed and I believe improved over the last year. It incorporates the best ideas from Democrats and Republicans—including some of the ideas that Republicans offered during the health-care summit, like funding state grants on medical-malpractice reform and curbing waste, fraud, and abuse in the health-care system. My proposal also gets rid of many of the provisions that had no place in health-care reform—provisions that were more about winning individual votes in Congress than improving health care for all Americans. —President Obama's remarks on health-insurance reform 
  • 'Ushahidi' Technology Saves Lives in Haiti and Chile

    By Jessica Ramirez In 2008, Kenyan blogger Ory Okolloh was covering the post-election violence in Kenya when she blogged, "Any techies out there willing to do a mash up of where the violence and destruction is occurring using Google Maps?" Within days, two such techies wrote software code for an open-source, Web-based platform that would come to be known as Ushahidi. The name—Swahili for testimony—more or less describes how the platform has been used in places like Gaza, Afghanistan, Haiti, and now Chile.The Ushahidi program provides a way for volunteers to collect information from sources like text messages, blog posts, videos, phone calls, and pictures, which are then mapped in near real time. It can be used to plot everything from disasters to wars. And unlike older forms of crisis-mapping software, Ushahidi is advanced enough to paint an accurate portrait of events while remaining incredibly user friendly and easy to build on.The end result is a crisis map that...
  • Quote of the Day: Kay Bailey Hutchison

    "I have had a wonderful last week of campaigning. So many people have said, I voted for you, I want you there. We need leadership in Austin. Most certainly, people think 14 years are too long for Governor Perry, and it's time for a change ... I think there's just time for politicians to realize that people want real people." —Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, who is expected to lose her Republican primary challenge to incumbent Gov. Rick Perry today.
  • 'The District': Obama Gets Tough

    The ace NEWSWEEK video team is back with another exclusive installment of The District, the mock reality series chronicling what's going down, and who's talking smack, in Washington. In this episode, the president heads up to the Jersey Shore for some tips on how to get tough with Congress. Then he pulls out the big guns at his bipartisan health-care summit. Fist-pounds abound.
  • HIV Still Plagues the U.S.: Some Areas Have Higher Rates Than Africa

     By Jaime Cunningham In December, NEWSWEEK argued that new signs of life were showing in the AIDS activism movement. Let's hope so. Recent research published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that within certain populations in America, the prevalence of HIV-infected people is higher than in certain parts of Africa:More than 1 in 30 adults in Washington, D.C., are HIV-infected—a prevalence higher than that reported in Ethiopia, Nigeria, or Rwanda. Certain U.S. subpopulations are particularly hard hit. In New York City, 1 in 40 blacks, 1 in 10 men who have sex with men, and 1 in 8 injection-drug users are HIV-infected, as are 1 in 16 black men in Washington, D.C. In several U.S. urban areas, the HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men is as high as 30%—as compared with a general-population prevalence of 7.8% in Kenya and 16.9% in South Africa.What’s interesting is that the research shows that a person’s sexual network, more than just his or her lifestyle choices...
  • Newsverse: Ode to a Hummer

    By Jerry Adler  "General Motors said on Wednesday that it would shut down Hummer, the brand of big sport utility vehicles that became synonymous with the term gas guzzler, after a deal to sell it to a Chinese manufacturer fell apart." —The New York Times, Feb. 25, 2010
  • The Link Between Engineers and Jihad

    By Benjamin Sutherland Intelligence agencies tasked with profiling the terrorist mind, and figuring out where future extremists might be found, have begun focusing on a surprising target: science students. As it turns out, many recruits in extremist groups such as Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah, and Hamas have backgrounds in medicine, engineering, and other hard sciences. In one study by Oxford sociologists -Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog, who will be publishing a book on the subject next year, out of 178 terrorists with higher education, almost half studied math or science. And the phenomenon is not limited to Islamists--strong links to science and engineering studies have been found among neo-Nazis, too, and engineers disproportionately supported Hitler and Mussolini during World War II....
  • Quote of the Day: Rep. Louise Slaughter

    "I even had one constituent—you will not believe this, and I know you won't, but it's true—her sister died. This poor woman had no dentures—she wore her dead sister's teeth, which of course were uncomfortable, did not fit. Did you ever believe that in America that that's where we would be? This is the last chance as far as I'm concerned, particularly on the export business. We have fallen behind, we're no longer the biggest manufacturer in the world, we've lost our technological edge. We have an opportunity to do that, but a major part of the success of that is getting this health care passed." --Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York, speaking at this afternoon's health-care summit.
  • McCain vs. Obama: The Panel Renders Its Scores

    The most exciting moment in the otherwise rather dull health-care summit today (so far!) has been a somewhat contentious exchange between President Obama and Sen. John McCain. After McCain called for reform to start again from scratch, Obama snapped back: "Let me just make this point, John, because we're not campaigning anymore. The election's over." McCain, with a clipped laugh and tight smile, responded, "I'm reminded of that every day," as Obama continued, "We can spend the remainder of the time with our respective talking points going back and forth. We were supposed to be talking about insurance." (The video is here.)...
  • Quote of the Day: Rep. Anthony Weiner

    "The Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry." —Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) during a House vote to repeal the antitrust exemption currently granted to health-insurance companies.
  • Quote of the Day: David Brooks

    So we've sunk another level in our tawdry tale. The White House, to its enormous credit, has tried to think about the long term. But it has been dragged ever lower into the mire by Congressional special interests that are parochial in the extreme. This bill may be deficit-neutral on paper. But it has just become a fiscal time bomb. The revenue will never come. Compromises have to be made to keep it (barely) alive. But responsibility ebbs. Politics wins. --Columnist David Brooks on the latest health-care reform proposal, which delays an excise tax on expensive health plans.
  • Palin Wins Duel with Fox's Family Guy

    Now that the melee has died down over Sarah Palin's rebuke of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who approved a joke aimed at Palin's son who has Down syndrome, NEWSWEEK media critic Joshua Alston sorts out who was in the right. His answer: Palin. Not only was the joke in poor taste, but even if you weren't offended, it simply wasn't funny. Here's Josh:While both Palin and MacFarlane seem to benefit from the controversy...
  • The Quote of the Day

    “It’s disappointing that Democrats in Washington either aren't listening, or are completely ignoring what Americans across the country have been saying. Our constituents don't want yet another partisan, back-room bill that slashes Medicare for our seniors, raises a half-trillion dollars in new taxes, fines them if they don't buy the right insurance and further expands the role of government in their personal decisions." -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement regarding the President’s decision to move forward with a health care bill.
  • By the Numbers: The New Dealmakers

    Last week, in India's third-biggest proposed merger ever, mobile-phone company Bharti entered into talks to acquire Kuwait-based Zain telecom's African operations for $10.7 billion. The sale highlights the rising importance of emerging-market deals in global M&A activity: 29.5PERCENTAGE of global M&A activity generated by U.S. deals in the first six weeks of 2010. 43PERCENTAGE of global M&A activity generated by emerging-market deals in the first six weeks of 2010. 41PERCENTAGE decrease in U.S. M&A activity from the previous year. 163PERCENTAGE increase in emerging-market M&A activity from the previous year. Source: Thomson Reuters
  • Quote of the Day: Tim Pawlenty

    "She said enough. She said no more. I think we should take a page out of her book. We should take a 9 iron and smash the window out of big government in this country." --Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, on what the right can learn from Elin Nordegren, wife of cheating golfer Tiger Woods. (At a news conference around the same time, Woods denied that that Nordegren had attacked him with a golf club, or anything else.)
  • Quote of the Day: Marco Rubio

    "Leaders at the highest levels of our government are undertaking a deliberate and systematic effort to redefine our government, our economy and our country. Now, people, as I said, all across America figured this out over a year ago, and they didn't wait for their senator or for their congressman to do something about it. They did it themselves. They have taken matters into their own hands, from tea parties to the election in Massachusetts. From tea parties to the election in Massachusetts, we are witnessing the single greatest political pushback in American history." --Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio, delivering the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Video: New Dating Site for D.C. Lobbyists

    Ever hear the joke about a dog being one’s only true friend in Washington? True story, especially in a town where conflicts of interest are as rampant as mid-February snowstorms. After all, what lawmaker hasn’t been accused of being “in bed" with some evil industry? Enter the creative folks over at Greenpeace, who are giving a literal spin to the notion of right-wing lawmakers shtupping energy lobbyists. Hilarious parody or too real for comfort? You decide.
  • The Quote of the Day

    “Today’s anniversary of the Democrats’ trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ marks one year of broken promises, bloated government, and wasteful spending. The majority promised that under their ‘stimulus’ unemployment would not exceed eight percent and job creation would begin ‘almost immediately.’  But since President Obama signed it into law, more than three million Americans have lost their jobs, unemployment is near 10 percent, and the deficit is set to hit a record $1.6 trillion. Americans are asking 'where are the jobs' but all they are getting from Democrats who control Washington is more spending and more debt piled on the backs of our kids and grandkids.” -- House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) in a report entitled, Where are the Jobs?: A Look Back at One Year of So-Called ‘Stimulus’.
  • By the Numbers: Stalling an Income Gap

    China's income gap has stopped widening for the first time in almost three decades, says a new study from the OECD, which credits rural welfare policies and migration to city jobs. China's inequality, as measured by the Gini index (0-100, where zero means complete equality), remains high compared to developed nations: 40.8China's current Gini score, down from 41 in 200538.8U.S. score, compared to 38 in 200530.5OECD member-state average score, compared to 31 in 200550Latin America's average score, the world's most unequal region
  • The Quote of the Day

    "These temporary actions have ended or will end. And our financial system is much more stable. But it is critical that we learn from the financial crisis and put in place reforms to avert a repeat of 2008 or something even worse. Congress must pass financial regulatory reform. Delays are creating uncertainty, undermining the ability of financial institutions to increase lending to the businesses of all sizes that want to invest and fuel our recovery. Our overriding goal in restructuring our financial architecture should be that taxpayers never again have to save a failing financial institution." --Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on federal bailouts of banks and mortgage backers and what must come next, in an op-ed in The New York Times
  • Exclusive: A U.S. Intelligence Breakthrough in the Persian Gulf?

    By Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball U.S. intelligence officials appear to have obtained access to what could turn out to be a significant trove of phone numbers, photographs and documents detailing the links between Al Qaeda's leaders in northwest Pakistan and the terror group's increasingly menacing affiliate in Yemen, two counter-terrorism sources tell Declassified.In late January, an Al Qaeda operative headed from Pakistan on his way to Yemen was arrested in the Persian Gulf country of Oman, a U.S. counter-terrorism official confirmed. There has been no public announcement of the arrest. But in a possible indication of the operative's importance, just a few days later, two postings on a jihadi web forum suggested that Al Qaeda leaders were worried and wanted their "commanders" to take immediate precautions.The postings stated that the "captured brother" -- identified as a "field commander" named Abdullah Saleh al-Eidan who went by...