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  • Conservative Versus Conservative

    'Enough: A Conservative's Case Against Limbaugh': The far-reaching influence of radio giant Rush Limbaugh flummoxed readers of our March 16 cover story. Some dismissed him as an entertainer; others welcomed the discussion that results from his abrasive provocations. As for David Frum's blistering critique, one wrote, "Rush will emasculate you in public and no Republican will come to your defense." Another went as far as to wager, "We may look back on this as something akin to [Edward] Murrow's public stance against [Joseph] McCarthy."On 'A Show 2 Lame 2 Miss': "Utah has enough stereotypes to deal with. You portray all of Utah as being stuck in the 1990s. Now when I go to another state, not only am I going to be asked if I'm Mormon, but also if I've gone to any lame concerts recently."Erin Berilla TaylorOgden, Utah ...
  • Quinn’s Great Expectations

    When I was first born, everyone thought I was totally and completely normal. According to my mom, the nurses called me "Mr. Mellow," because while all the other babies would scream and cry I would just kind of look around. She also says that when she first had me in her arms, she told me that she loved me and that I could be anything I wanted to be in the world. I hope that is still true. But pretty soon after I was born, my doctor detected a heart murmur, and when I was about three months old, I had to have open-heart surgery. I think this was a pretty crappy time for my parents. They thought I might die, and I could have died. My mom says the night before my heart operation was one of the worst nights of her life. She wasn't allowed to nurse me. She could barely even hold me. When they took me into the operating room the next day, she basically fainted. Apparently my dad turned to her and said, "Just think of it this way. He'll never have to go to war."After the heart surgery, I...
  • First time for everything

    At this point in his nary two month old Presidency,  POTUS seems to have charmed or disarmed almost everyone who has visited him at the White House. Visitors emerge from meetings with him with a rosy hue and glowing words, or at least not hostile ones. Until yesterday. Commander David K. Rehbein, leader of veterans' organization The American Legion, was "deeply disappointed and concerned" following his meeting with Obama late yesterday. Admittedly I haven't conducted a full survey, but I think that might be the President's worst meeting review so far.Rehbein was invited to the White House to discuss a budget proposal that would require private insurance companies to reimburse the Department of Veteran's Affairs for the treatment of military veterans. (Read more about Rehbein's objections in this news release.) According to CNN, the White House says it is "actively working with the veterans community to ensure we get the details of this budget...
  • Mail Call: Saluting Nurses, Race in Classrooms

    Doctors are not always "free to treat patients as they deem best." The cheapest treatment does not work for every patient, and many communities lack modern technology and specialists. The threat of frivolous malpractice litigation promotes unnecessary tests and consultations, and published research cannot always be trusted. For example, the evidence-based research of health insurers concludes that patients require no more than two joint injections yearly, while the research of drug manufacturers and the FDA promote the safety and efficacy of weekly joint injections in chronic conditions. Doctors don't hate science, but we do dislike spurious evidence being allowed to trump trusted experience.Bernard Leo Remakus, M.D.Hallstead, Pa. ...
  • Meacham: Putting Our Cash Back to Work

    Thrift, we all know, is one of the perennial virtues. For many of us, however, the inclination to save is a good deal weaker than the urge to spend, which is why personal indebtedness is so great. Our call for more spending on this week's cover is not an invitation to more irresponsibility, but for a fresh springtime reassessment of whether the ultimate benefits of investing outweigh the immediate benefits of saving. The conventional way to write about this subject demands an allusion to, or a quotation from, the Founding Father of American thrift, Benjamin Franklin, but the inspiration for Daniel Gross's piece came not from the distant past but from Omaha.In his annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett (a director of The Washington Post Company, which owns NEWSWEEK) wrote: "The investment world has gone from underpricing risk to overpricing it. This change has not been minor; the pendulum has covered an extraordinary arc."Along with Lisa Miller's...
  • Newsmakers: Jon Stewart vs. Jim Cramer

    Levi Leaves It's not all that surprising Bristol Palin and her baby daddy, Levi Johnston, won't make it to the altar. Remember how miserable he looked at the Republican convention? But now we really wish Grandma Sarah were V.P. Why? Because, let's face it, the Obamas and the Bidens are never going to give us a White House scandal this juicy. Worst Week Ever: Jim Cramer's One-Man Bear MarketJon Stewart mocks the 'Mad Money' host for pushing Bear Stearns six days before it collapsed.Cramer says Stewart got it wrong. Stewart apologizes, and shows it was really seven weeks earlier.Cramer tries to defend himself, but when asked if he got Bear wrong, he says yes. He looks so sad. When Martha tells Cramer to imagine Jon S. in a pile of dough, he whacks it with a rolling pin. Pitiful.Fight night! Cramer's excuse: CEOs lied. Stewart's retort: act like a real journalist. Stewart did.
  • Books: Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Once upon a time, Eric Carle wrote a children's book that was so comfy, it came with its own cocoon. Turns out that cute little bug went through a very big metamorphosis.