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  • Should States Support Foster Kids till Age 21?

    New research supports a radical shift in child-welfare policy for the thousands of teens who 'age out' of foster care at age 18, only to face high rates of homelessness, unemployment and incarceration.
  • Let’s Talk About Sex

    Congress loves abstinence-only programs so much it has thrown big bucks at them. The public? It's got better ideas.
  • Obama: Our Therapist in Chief?

    'The Confidence Game: How Obama Can Talk Us Out of a Depression': Readers were divided over our March 2 cover story on whether Obama can restore confidence to a shaken nation. "President Obama is not our teacher or our shrink," one said. "He speaks of what we already know." Another saw little reason to feel upbeat. "Politicians are alive and well in Washington, still jamming through their pet projects." One reworked our cover line: "It should have read 'How Reagan and Bush Talked Us Into the Depression.' President Obama cannot do worse." ...
  • The Editor’s Desk

    On a late winter afternoon, the sunlight fading outside the window, John McCain was sitting in his Senate office—he uses Barry Goldwater's old desk—shaking his head about the billions of dollars in earmarks in the federal budget and talking about the future of his party. Rush Limbaugh was Topic A in the capital; the radio giant's long speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference—one in which Limbaugh repeated his hope that President Obama will "fail"—had led to a tactical Washington tempest. Sensing an opportunity, the White House had singled out Limbaugh as, in Rahm Emanuel's words, "the intellectual force" of the Republican Party. It was not a bad strategy: in the NEWSWEEK Poll, 46 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Limbaugh. (As a point of contrast, Obama's unfavorable rating is 22 percent, and even Nancy Pelosi fares better than Limbaugh.)In the West Wing on the same afternoon, David Axelrod was musing about the complexities of the politics during the recession. ...
  • Death in Literature

    No one likes to think about dying, but novelists seem scared to—well, death—to write about it.
  • Michael Jackson, Britney Return

    It was short. It was confusing. All in all, it was Jacko. During a chaotic London press conference crammed with nutso fans, the king of pop (isn't he more like a duke now?) announced his plan to attract some "on purpose" attention: a 10-concert run at London's O2 stadium this summer. Other chart vets, such as Prince, have used the same venue as a profitable springboard, but their chops were beyond doubt. Michael, 50, hasn't performed a full show since 2001, and his last singing appearance, in 2006, underwhelmed. On the other hand, he doesn't look like he's aged a day since then! ...
  • Talking to Placido Domingo

    On March 15, Plácido Domingo celebrates his 40th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. He spoke with Nicki Gostin. ...
  • Stress: Better for Us Than We Think

    'Stress Could Save Your Life': Readers were skeptical about the benefits of stress, the subject of our Feb. 23 cover story. Heartened to hear of an upside, one reader, who had thought he'd be lucky to live until 50, wrote, "With the stress I carry about, I'll be around till I'm 150." Another hailed Dr. Anthony Komaroff's piece, which noted that the stress and disease link is oversold and acknowledged that doctors often "invoke unexplained symptoms as stress." And one wondered why Komaroff didn't address posttraumatic stress disorder, "afflicting millions worldwide."