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  • Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?

    He did apologize, but when Mike Huckabee asked if Mormons really believe Jesus and the Devil "are brothers," he was being duplicitous—or just plain dumb. Score: 9A day after Michael Vick was sentenced and his Atlanta Falcons got crushed, first-year coach Bobby Petrino quit with three games to go. Even his own players called him a coward. Score: 70 Why single out just one person? In honor of the Mitchell Report's 361 pages of performance-enhanced shame, the entire sport of baseball is this week's champ. Score: 91
  • Grounding the Rocket

    When Roger Clemens reported to Red Sox spring-training camp in Ft. Myers, Fla., in February 1996, he appeared headed for the swan-song stage of his career. "Rocket" Roger had slumped his last few seasons in Boston and now, at 33, he didn't even look like the same man. He was overweight and bloated. Boston Globe columnist Will McDonough dubbed him "the Pillsbury Doughboy." Clemens, remote and inarticulate, had always been more admired than beloved in Boston. So after he delivered a dismal 10-13 season, the Red Sox let him walk away as a free agent. And most Red Sox fans—myself included—said good riddance.We were in for a shock. Clemens signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and won his first 11 games. I hustled up there to figure out how we all could have been so wrong. The Clemens I encountered was almost unrecognizable. He was Stallone-buff, and he once again possessed a 97mph fastball. He credited a fierce work ethic that he insisted he had maintained in Boston, too—"the 7 a.m. runs,...
  • Hillary’s Family Intervention: Is It Too Late?

    Hillary Clinton's ritual end-of-day conference call with senior advisers on Dec. 11 was anything but a normal strategy session. Clinton's aides had just learned of the next day's New York Daily News story (headline: HONEY, I'LL FIX THE CAMPAIGN), about Bill Clinton yelling at his wife's team and the prospect of a campaign staff shake-up. "I want to be really clear about one thing," Clinton said, chuckling, according to a person on the call. "We're not having a shake-up. This is what people do to distract us. We're not going to allow ourselves to get distracted. No one is going anywhere."That pledge may have calmed her aides, but it doesn't change the fact that Clinton's campaign is struggling at an alarmingly late moment before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. Last Friday, her team released a cozy TV ad featuring Clinton's mother and daughter in a bid to humanize the candidate and recover in the polls after sustained attacks by Barack Obama and John Edwards. Campaign operatives also plan...
  • Guilty Plea in Terror Case

    A U.S. Attorney on the guilty pleas of two men in a homegrown jihadist cell, and the difficulty of deciding when to move in for an arrest.
  • Swinging Couple Fights Law

    On a quiet street in a Dallas suburb, dozens of guests have been meeting for sex in a private house. Do they have a right to party?
  • Disparate Doctrines: Two Faiths in Conflict

    The tension between evangelicals and Mormons is as old as the Mormon Church itself. While the two religions share similarly conservative social values, their beliefs clash when it comes to some of the most fundamental aspects of Christianity. The critical differences:
  • Q&A: James Cramer

    On his gonzo CNBC show "Mad Money," James Cramer flings stock picks with abandon, but in his new book, "Stay Mad for Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich (Make Your Kids Even Richer),"he offers well-considered advice on the building blocks of a prosperous life. He spoke with NEWSWEEK'S Daniel Gross. ...
  • Iran: A November Surprise

    American intelligence agencies can be leaky, but one secret they kept until the last minute was the new National Intelligence Estimate's startling reversal on Iran's nuclear ambitions. Just weeks after officials told NEWSWEEK last spring that the new report was nearly complete, the same officials indicated that it was being postponed because U.S. agencies had "new information" and needed more time to analyze it. In late summer, experts briefed President Bush about the new intel, including reports that Iran's program may have been shuttered in 2003—but they cautioned that they were unsure if the new reporting was valid.The agencies' caginess continued into last month. A congressional official privy to a secret briefing in November said that the assessment that Iran shut down its weapons program four years ago was obscure, compared with the way it ultimately appeared in the NIE. At a Nov. 15 White House briefing, analysts laid out the new intelligence in detail for senior officials...
  • A Tale of Two Women

    The story has a familiar ring: a Lebanese woman arrives in the United States on a student visa, obtains citizenship through a fake marriage, lands a security job with access to government secrets and ends up in court. In November, it was Nada Prouty, who worked for the FBI and CIA and illegally tapped into computer files detailing investigations into Hizbullah activities (her brother-in-law was a suspected Hizbullah fund-raiser) until she was arrested. Last week, in almost identical circumstances, Samar Spinelli, 39, was brought before a Michigan judge for marriage fraud. She joined the Marines after arriving from Lebanon in 1989 and served two tours in Iraq. Coincidence? According to court papers and Justice Department sources, the two women studied together in Lebanon, came to the United States and paid two Detroit brothers, Chris and Jean Paul Deladurantaye, to marry them for citizenship. When agents began investigating Prouty, they contacted her FBI employment references. One...
  • You’re a Liar, Obama! A Liar!!! (Just Kidding.)

    The Hillary Clinton campaign attacks Barack Obama's denial of lifelong political ambitions by digging up his kindergarten essay "I Want to Become President." Uh, gotcha? Score: 45... Then, two days later, after Hillary's campaign gets roasted on a spit for behaving like kindergartners, a spokesman claims it was all just "a joke." Those Clintons. Such kidders. Score: 50TV host Glenn Beck says fellow Mormon Mitt Romney's faith is "a nonissue ... Who cares?" This is the same guy who once asked a Muslim U.S. congressman to prove he wasn't a terrorist. Score: 62
  • Click and Cut in the Virtual OR

    A tracheotomy to put a breathing tube in the throat of an infant can be a risky procedure, says Dr. Court Cutting, a leading plastic surgeon at New York University Medical Center; it runs the danger of cutting the superior thyroid artery, which can cause blood to spurt out as fast as it can be sucked up. The surgeon probably won't make that mistake again, but it can be tough luck for the baby. Talking with a pilot friend one day, Cutting realized that the way we teach surgeons is like training pilots by sending them up in loaded 747s—loaded mostly with poor people, since the affluent seek out experienced doctors as private patients. But pilots learn to fly on simulators. Why can't surgeons practice on machines, instead of bodies?They already do, but existing devices all have shortcomings. Cutting himself has developed a videogame-based system for teaching cleft-lip and -palate repair, and there are programs for cardiac surgeons to practice threading catheters up the femoral artery...
  • A Modern Master’s Modest Art

    Sometimes I find it's best not to pay too much attention to the label. The one for "Railway Tracks," for instance, in the wonderful "Georges Seurat: Drawings" exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, on view through Jan. 7, touts the "deep perspective of a winding road" and the "sensation of the earth in upheaval." While there is a bit of road at the bottom, and the drawing does depict a changing suburban area outside late-19th-century Paris, the beauty of Seurat's art lies elsewhere. In a current art world filled (to invoke an old Little Richard lyric) with a lot of womp-bomp-a-loo-bomp installations and video, this little miracle is the most economically poetic combination of technique, composition and sense of "being there" I've ever seen. Poor Seurat, who died of diphtheria in 1891 at 31, was only 23 when he finished it.As the poet-critic Gustave Kahn put it, Seurat was "a young man crazy about drawing." He worked in conté crayon (a kind of greasy charcoal) on toothy...
  • Vegetarian Convictions

    When Luther Hill was sent to prison in 2001, he knew there'd be some lifestyle changes. But he didn't expect his diet to be one of them. "I was surprised by the availability of better, healthier food," says Hill, 42, who is serving time in Idaho for drug possession. So he became a vegan: no animal products in his diet. Luckily for Hill, he's behind bars in Idaho, which boasts the country's most vegan-friendly state prison system, according to a new study by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which receives dozens of complaints each year from inmates about the lack of vegan prison food. PETA examined menus in every state, rating options like tofu cacciatore (Pennsylvania, No. 3) and vegetable fajitas (North Dakota, No. 10).Vegan cuisine costs about as much as regular fare, according to multinational food provider Aramark, which serves most of PETA's favorite facilities, and it may even save taxpayers money in the long run because it can help reduce the bill for treating...
  • Poll: Huckabee Surges in Iowa

    The new NEWSWEEK poll shows the former Arkansas governor now has a two-to-one lead over Romney, while Barack improves against Hillary.
  • Hirsh: Forget War with Iran

    That's the main implication of the startling new intelligence estimate that Tehran isn't working on a bomb. But the long-term impact is just as significant. A look at the winners and losers.
  • The Qatari Connection

    Giuliani won't release a full list of his business interests. One now-public deal is of particular note.