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  • Celebrity Weddings Gone Wild

    Someone must've poured love potion in the Hollywood punch bowl, because everybody's getting married this spring. It's one thing to be a blushing bride, but some of these newlyweds should be ashamed: (1) Tom Brady and his Mrs. Brady, Gisele, already got hitched in February. Now they're reportedly doing it again, in Costa Rica, over two days. Are they greedy for attention—or toasters? (2) Bruce Willis, 54, marries Emma Heming, a model more than 20 years his junior, and he invites his ex Demi Moore and her boy toy, Ashton Kutcher. Or maybe he was just trying to punk her. (3) Dave Letterman says "I do" to his baby mama, Regina Lasko. Personally, we think he's rushing it. Up next: Harrison Ford says he's going to make Calista Flockhart an honest woman. Ally McBeal would be so proud.
  • Uncle Sam Wants You to Open Your Wallet

    'I Want YOU to Start Spending!': Readers were skeptical of the March 23 cover recommendation that spending more would improve the economy. Easier said than done, many wrote. One reader, whose husband's salary was cut, said spending more isn't an option right now. "I hope your words reach those who bring in more than they need to pay their bills." Others cited the time-honored maxim of living within your means. And if America's economic health hinges on "spending the last 5 percent of my hard-earned money," one wrote, "then we have a big problem."On 'America's Unemployed Olympic Hero': "Jason Lezak's moment of transcendent performance [at the Beijing Olympics] … brought more glory and riches to his teammate Michael Phelps than to himself. His is a story of hard work, perseverance and maturity."Gary TillesNewtown Square, Pa. ...
  • The Times They Are... A Bit Scary Really

    NBC in Connecticut is reporting on some deeply disturbing threats being leveled against AIG executives and their families. Some AIG execs have even been receiving alarming calls at their homes. While it is understandable that taxpayers were annoyed by the bonuses (some of which have now been returned), these messages are beyond the pale. Like this one entitled "Death to AIG Executives": "I want them dead! I want their spouses dead! I want their children dead!". There are many more, some scary, some just plain crazy. But we don't really want to repeat them. We just want to register our sorrow and disappointment that it's come to this. If only more people took a leaf out of the President's book and expressed their outrage through coughing fits. Until then, deep breaths people, deep breaths.  
  • NEWSWEEK: How Compton Got Its Groove Back

      If your introduction to -- and current perception of -- Compton, Calif., is derived from late-1980s rap songs, you must stop everything you're doing right now and read/watch this compelling series.  NEWSWEEKers Jessica Bennett (the wordsmith) and Jennifer Molina (the lenser) trekked to the Los Angeles-area city to document its massive demographic and statistical change -- the number of homicides is at a 25-year low, for starters.  Click the above to see more.
  • The Presser: What You Couldn't See on TV

    The Teleprompter. As has been duly noted by other reporters on the scene last night, Obama ditched his usual teleprompter—the two screens at either side of his podium. Instead, Obama did what John McCain used to do during the campaign and read his text from a massive flat screen TV positioned directly below the straight-on camera. Still, a teleprompter at a press conference? It shows how worried Obama is about getting his words exactly right. But we still think it's strange, especially for a statement so short. The Staff. A few minutes before Obama took the podium, more than a dozen of his staffers came into the room to watch, including several press aides, speechwriter Jon Favreau; chief of staff Rahm Emanuel; press secretary Robert Gibbs and senior advisers David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett. From the get-go, Axelrod and Gibbs reminded your Gaggler of baseball coaches in the dugout: Both were chewing gum, frantically at times, and watching Obama intently. Several times, durin...
  • Can't a Chuckle Just Be a Chuckle?

    Apparently not, if you are POTUS. John Cook over at Gawker has a post today which savages Politico for pushing a story about Obama's chuckles during last night's 60 Minutes interview. Cook acidly deconstructs the Washington echo-chamber, arguing that Politico sensationalizes trite observations, like those about Obama's laugh, in order to get linked on Drudge and provide fodder for incessant cable news chatter.  We're not quite as snarky as Cook (and we're big fans of Politico and J-Mart), but we too are growing weary of stories that make Obama's every facial tic or vocal idiosyncrasy into a Presidential trend, woe, or sign of impending doom.
  • Eddie Vedder Talks Music, Activism

    At work on their ninth studio album, Pearl Jam is re-releasing "Ten" in four new and expanded editions. Lead singer Eddie Vedder talks bout the reissue, balancing music with activism, and life as a father of two.
  • Rimes Has No Reason

    Do you ever wonder how boring life would be without the Internet? For example: we wouldn't have been able to watch security-camera footage showing (apparently) country singer LeAnn Rimes (married) making out with her "Lifetime" movie costar Eddie Cibrian (also married) at a southern California restaurant. We wouldn't have been able to read Rimes's nondenial on her blog: "This is a difficult time … not everything in our lives is black and white." And we would have missed the almost pleading response from Dean Sheremet, Rimes's husband, on Twitter: "I love my wife!!!" How nice. And nuts.***********************There's a saying that goes: "All good dogs go to heaven." We have a new one: "All good dogs that go to Oprah's go to heaven." Winfrey's newest pup, a cocker spaniel named Ivan, died of parvovirus, a gastrointestinal disease. It had lived with her for only a weekend. Last year Oprah lost another cocker spaniel, named Sophie, to kidney failure. The year before that, her golden...
  • The Editor’s Desk

    It was, in a way, overdue. Beginning last September, when the financial sector of the economy collapsed and the markets melted down, a resurgence of American populism seemed inevitable. The haves, especially Wall Street types, were being protected (by federal-bailout money), the have-nots less so (nobody seemed interested in replenishing 401[k]s or, more urgently, in subsidizing jobs that were being lost at a rapid rate—unless you were a highflying banker). A Democratic administration was coming to power after a sustained period of Republican rule. Manifestations of the disparity between the very rich and the rest of us became more common: the automakers' flying privately to Washington to ask for taxpayer money was an early symbolic occasion for popular outrage.And yet the tenor of the time, shaped in large measure by Barack Obama's own coolness, remained calm. The inauguration was a dignified celebration of diversity and democratic change; there was no Jacksonian mob storming the...