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  • Disinvited To The Party

    One of the complaints you hear a lot from readers when you’re in my line of work and live in my part of the country is that you can’t understand America from the vantage point of New York City. I’m beginning to think there’s some truth to that, and it’s all because of the candidacy of Rudy Giuliani.Ever since the presidency was a mere gleam in his eye, lots of New Yorkers have been predicting that Rudy, like a toddler or a genuine bagel, would not travel well across the country. It wasn’t just the quasi-liberal positions on abortion, gay rights and gun control: he could massage those, and sometimes has. It was his private life, which his former constituents have watched with all the avidity of a soaps addict tuning in to “All My Children.” There was the annulment from the first wife, who was his second cousin, the press conference he used to inform the second wife that she was history, the girlfriend he met in the cigar bar who became wife number three, and the very public...
  • Conventional Wisdom

    Special Shafted EditionON the heels of Utah coal disaster, Bush admin greenlights ‘mountaintop mining’ to wreck environment. Nice crowd. Bush Old take: Don’t dare compare Iraq to Vietnam. New: Reason to fight on—we should have stayed in Vietnam. Warner Va. GOP senator breaks ranks with Bush, and wants some troops home by Xmas. Is he a surrender monkey, too? Maliki Beltway Brahmins want his head, but replacing Iraq P.M. won’t solve anything. Remember Vietnam? Rove Departing divisive “architect” gets razzed even from righties. So much for permanent GOP majority. Spitzer GOP-paid dirty trickster harassed N.Y. governor’s elderly dad, lancing the boil of Eliot’s own trickery. Bizarre. M. Vick No amount of scrambling lets QB avoid the blitz that came from his dogfighting misbehavior. All-Madden?
  • Washington Slept Here

    Shortly before George Washington retired as president in 1797, two of his cherished house slaves—Martha’s helper Oney Judge and their chef, Hercules—ran away. Tracked down at Washington’s order, Oney tried to set strict conditions for her return, which the old general refused. As for Hercules, he just disappeared.Despite Washington’s indignation over the “disloyalty” of his “Negroes,” slavery was one of the few subjects in his life that the first president was ambivalent about. Financially he knew that he and Martha could not run the presidential house in Philadelphia or his beloved estate Mt. Vernon in Virginia without their several hundred slaves. But in his later years, Washington came to hate slavery for dividing families and undermining the best ideals of the Revolution.The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which in 1858 heroically rescued Washington’s by then weedy, decaying estate (the front portico was being held up by a sailboat’s mast), was itself long ambivalent about how...
  • The Blackboard Bungles

    In 1965, after Jonathan Kozol was fired from his job in a Boston public school for teaching his African-American fourth graders a Langston Hughes poem that was not part of the curriculum, he went on to write a book that laid bare the inequities of a segregated education system. The injustices there, he wrote in the now classic “Death at an Early Age,” “have compelled its Negro pupils to regard themselves with something less than the dignity and respect of human beings.” His words—made more powerful by the fact that they came from his own experience—set off a wave of reform at the height of the civil-rights movement. Forty years later, as a broader debate on school reform gains momentum, three authors have entered the classroom again—two veteran journalists and a first-year teacher—to provide us with fresh dispatches from inside the blackboard jungle. All three books, which are being published this month, are a product not of VIP visits but of several months spent inside the...
  • Coming Out at Age 88

    It took the death of my dear life partner for me to find the courage to come out of the closet.
  • The Catch-22 Of Economics

    We are now in the “blame phase” of the economic cycle. As the housing slump deepens and swings in financial markets widen, we’ve embarked on the usual search for culprits. Who got us into this mess? Our investigations will doubtlessly reveal, as they already have, much wishful thinking and miscalculation. They will also find incompetence, predatory behavior and some criminality. But let me suggest that, though inevitable and necessary, this exercise is also simplistic and deceptive.It assumes that, absent mistakes and misdeeds, we might remain in a permanent paradise of powerful income and wealth growth. The reality, I think, is that the economy follows its own Catch-22: by taking prosperity for granted, people perversely subvert prosperity. The more we—business managers, investors, consumers—think that economic growth is guaranteed and that risk and uncertainty are receding, the more we act in ways that raise risk, magnify un-certainty and threaten economic growth. Prosperity...
  • Putting Brains On The Couch

    For doctors who treat illnesses that strike from the neck down, a patient’s symptoms are only the first step toward a diagnosis. No sooner do they hear “It hurts when I climb stairs” than they order blood work, X-rays or other tests. In psychiatry, though, the laundry list of symptoms is it, the only basis for diagnosis. Maybe that helps explain why 70 percent of patients with bipolar disorder are misdiagnosed, as are up to half of women with depression. They take drug after drug, taking each dose of each medication for four to six weeks until one works or they give up, wasting money and time while their suffering continues. It’s hard to avoid the sense that psychiatry could stand to be dragged into … well, let’s start with the 20th century.The American Psychiatric Association is updating its immense (911 pages) diagnostic manual, which offers 20 forms of bipolar disorder alone. “But it’s still just a checklist of symptoms, which different physicians can interpret differently,” says...
  • Ever After

    No group is more emphatically and publicly opposed to the practice of polygamy than the Latter-day Saints. The topic is, however, irresistible and perennial. While the Mormon Church banned plural marriage more than 100 years ago and promises excommunication to those who practice it, its spokespeople find themselves having to explain polygamy’s legacy over and over to reporters who watch “Big Love” or are curious about Mitt Romney’s ancestry. “I wish to state categorically that this church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy,” said LDS president Gordon B. Hinckley more than a decade ago.Much less clear is the church’s position on polygamy in the eternal hereafter. When a Mormon man and woman are married in the Temple, they are “sealed,” which means they and their children will be bound together forever in heaven—what Mormons call the celestial kingdom. If a Mormon man becomes a widower, or if he is divorced, he can remarry in the Temple—and thus be sealed to...
  • Black-Gold Booster

    Energy's future: A onetime oilman admits we need alternatives, but says there's plenty of petroleum left.
  • The Editor’s Desk

    Sami Yousafzai, NEWSWEEK’s correspondent in Afghanistan, wasn’t counting on the interview. In reporting this week’s cover story on the six-year hunt for Osama bin Laden, Sami reached out to a Taliban source who told him to come to a mountain village even though, Sami recalls, “there was only a 5 percent chance that we could meet.” A go-between greeted Sami at the rendezvous. The man, Sami recalls, “asked me a lot of questions. I think he thought I was there to volunteer as an insurgent or suicide bomber because he told me that if I’m my parents’ only son I should just go home and serve them, not the Taliban.” Finally the source arrived.The ensuing interview was worth the wait. In it the source related the story that opens our Special Report: that early in the winter of 2004–05, a Qaeda sentry posted near bin Laden and his entourage in the mountains along the Afghan-Pakistani border spotted a patrol of American soldiers heading toward the man his followers call the “sheik.” Bin Laden...
  • Another Troubling Report Enters the Fray

    Spies normally abhor publicity, and many U.S. intelligence officials are dismayed that once secret intelligence reports have now moved to center stage in the debate over war. National Intelligence Estimates, like the summary on Iraq made public last week, are supposed to represent the consensus of the U.S. intelligence community’s top experts. Until recently the classified documents were kept secret for 30 years. But in the wake of recent U.S. intelligence failures, the Bush administration has begun releasing report highlights. This year the intelligence czar’s office has provided extracts from three new NIEs: two on Iraq and one on terrorism.To the discomfort of intel insiders, quotes from these reports have become fodder for administration friends and foes. Robert Hutchings, former chairman of the panel that produces the documents, told NEWSWEEK that NIEs were never intended as “report cards” on White House policies. Hutchings is concerned that experts who write the reports,...
  • Perfect Stranger

    If you’re trying to watch your waistline, Tommy’s Ham House is probably the last place you ought to go for breakfast. But there was Mike Huckabee last week, working his way around the Greenville, S.C., restaurant, shaking hands, making small talk and doing his best to keep his distance from all those plates piled with steaming smoked ham steaks, buttery grits and syrup-soaked pancakes. Huckabee, the once rotund minister and former Arkansas governor who dropped 100 pounds and now preaches about the virtues of diet and exercise, had the pained look of a man suffering a momentary crisis of faith. “Ohh, I wish I could have a bite of that,” the long-shot presidential candidate told one diner, his eyes aching for a two-pound omelet.Huckabee restrained himself and turned to the real reason for his visit: winning over the 100 or so GOP voters who’d shown up that morning to hear his presidential pitch. He didn’t disappoint. Huckabee’s speech hit every major theme on the Christian...
  • The Global Warming Debate

    Our Aug. 13 report on the global-warming“denial machine”elicited more than 250 passionate responses. One reader declared the article“a public-service piece,”adding,“It doesn’t take a great intellect to figure out that humans are having a negative impact on our environment.”But many skeptics begged to differ.“Climate change is a fact,”said one.“Man-made global warming is a religion fueled by misleading statements.”One reader said the debate was irrelevant, asking,“Shouldn’t we be good stewards of our planet anyway?”I was extremely pleased to read Sharon Begley’s detailed and highly accurate article on the climate-change deniers (“The Truth About Denial”). I first published on climate disruption in 1968 and, like my scientific colleagues, have grown increasingly concerned about it ever since. The success of the deniers has been appalling and, sadly, they have succeeded in delaying needed action for a decade or more. I know dozens of the leading climate scientists personally and have...
  • Era Of The Super Cruncher

    If the editors of a magazine—NEWSWEEK, for instance—want to know what interests their readers, their resources are limited. They can count cover sales, but that only tells them about one story a week. They can convene a focus group, but that’s a cumbersome and costly way to assess the tastes of 3 million subscribers. Online, by contrast, that information is available for the asking—not just the numbers of readers, but how long they spent with a given story and what else they read. So as journalism increasingly migrates to the Web, the job of figuring out what readers want becomes almost automatic—thereby raising the question, how much do we really need editors, anyway?Just kidding! But according to a new book by Ian Ayres, an econometrician and law professor at Yale, this is a microcosm of a powerful trend that will shape the economy for years to come: the replacement of expertise and intuition by objective, data-based decision making, made possible by a virtually inexhaustible...
  • Bush’s History Problem

    Much was changing in Vietnam when I visited in December 1991, in the waning hours of the Soviet Union. The coziness between Moscow and Hanoi, once comrades, had curdled into mutual contempt. The Russians, aware their empire was imploding, had little interest in their former client-state and were looking to leave. The Vietnamese had come to despise the large Russian population for, among other things, its cheap spending habits. By contrast, they welcomed Americans—“Russians with dollars,” we were called. The day I visited the old U.S. Embassy in Saigon—where some of the iconic photos symbolizing American defeat were taken—government workmen were removing a discolored brass plaque that once commemorated the North’s victory over “U.S. imperialists.” At the time of my visit, propaganda against American involvement in Southeast Asia was no longer politically correct. Hanoi’s message: Yankees come back (and bring your investment dollars). The cold-war dominoes had fallen—just in America’s...
  • Bad News For Brit: The New Tune’s Toxic

    Even by her dismal standards, Britney Spears is having a tough month. She and her Fed-Ex have been battling for custody of their kids. Now a leaked song off her comeback CD is making the rounds, and it’s … awful. Comeback album? Or her go-away album? We break down the new tune. –Ramin Setoodeh
  • Campus Crusaders

    Patrick Henry College, in Purcellville, Va., is the kind of place that would make most coastal liberals run screaming. A tiny college with about 500 students, its stated goal is to “prepare Christian men and women who will lead our nation and shape our culture.” Its dorms are filled mostly with kids who have been home-schooled all their lives by Bible-believing Christian parents and who were taught that homosexuality is an abomination and that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden. They aim for White House internships, Supreme Court clerkships and positions with lobbying groups. The minority of Patrick Henry students who don’t have Washington in their sights dream of directing Christian movies or, in the case of many of the women there, raising (and home-schooling) families of Christian children.The challenge for any responsible journalist approaching this subject, then, is twofold. She must approach with compassion, avoiding the stereotyping that so often...
  • When Opposites Attract

    On July 27, 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette and 14 other French military officers arrived in Philadelphia hot, filthy and exhausted. They had slipped past the British blockade in Charleston, S.C., and trekked for 32 days to the capital of the newly created United States of America to offer their services. Told to present themselves at the Carpenters’ Hall, where the Continental Congress was meeting, the men brushed off their frock coats and knocked on the door. After a long, humiliating wait, the French officers were dismissed, shooed away as “adventurers.” Lafayette and his men, as author James Gaines describes it, were astonished and chagrined—“left open-mouthed on Chestnut Street, fifteen French officers who had risked an ocean crossing and spent the worst three months of their lives for the pleasure of this moment.”It seems sometimes that Franco-American relations must bridge an ocean of resentment and misunderstanding. Americans who cracked jokes about the French during the run...
  • Dissent On The Front

    Are there consequences for soldiers who write publicly, and prominently, against the war? Eight are finding out. “We have failed on every promise,” wrote seven 82nd Airborne paratroopers in a stark dispatch from Baghdad that was the lead Sunday op-ed in The New York Times Aug. 19. Superiors at Fort Bragg were surprised—but not professors at Marquette, where Sp. Buddhika Jayamaha, whose name led the op-ed, had studied. One, Barrett McCormick, said he e-mailed with “BJ” recently. “He was very curious about what was going to happen,” he says. “No one knows what the repercussions will be.”There may not be any. Army policies permit soldiers to write or blog as long as they don’t compromise operational security (e.g., troop locations) or challenge civilian leadership. “Until it is established that they violated any regulations, they will not be punished just for their views,” said Army spokesman Maj. Tom Earnhardt.The future is murkier for Pvt. Scott Beauchamp, whose shocking tales in The...
  • Pakistan’s Power Game

    It looks like Pervez Musharraf’s days as president of Pakistan may be numbered if he does not change course. With one rival, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, threatening to return to Pakistan, Musharraf has been meeting with another former archenemy, Benazir Bhutto, about a possible power-sharing arrangement. Bhutto, twice prime minister of Pakistan and currently leader of the popular opposition PPP party, is on the verge of deciding whether to strike a deal with Musharraf. Either way, she expects to leave her family shortly and go back to Pakistan. NEWSWEEK’s Lally Weymouth sat down with Bhutto last week in New York. Excerpts: ...
  • Graduation Day

    High School Musical 2” is the no. 1 basic-cable hit ever. Now that its stars have their pick of roles, NEWSWEEK asked each of them: what’s your dream job?• Zac Efron (Troy, above, left):‘An adventure/fantasy film would be fun.’• Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella): ‘I want to do something edgy. I don’t want to play the smart girl.’• Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay): ‘My main goal is to win an Emmy for best actress for a sitcom.’• Lucas Grabeel (Ryan): ‘I want to go home to Missouri, lock myself in a cabin and record an album.’
  • A Case Of Prius Envy

    Peter Kessner, a devout environmentalist, bought a Honda Civic hybrid four years ago to show everyone that he wants to save the planet. The only problem: no one noticed, since, other than the hybrid badge on the trunk, it looked like a regular Civic. So he traded it in for a Toyota Prius. Suddenly, strangers began stopping him on the street to ask about his hybrid, with its space-age styling and miserly mileage. “That’s a big part of why I bought the Prius,” says the Floral Park, N.Y., retiree. “It opens up conversations, and I push my theory that we’ve got to do our best to conserve.” The Honda, on the other hand, didn’t deliver what Kessner craved: green street cred. “If I’m driving a hybrid,” he says, “I want people to know it.”Customers like Kessner have left Honda with a bad case of Prius envy. In the low-octane race for the environmental high ground, Honda is running a distant second to Toyota—despite the fact that Honda was first to sell a hybrid in America and remains a...
  • A Doctor Says She Didn’t Murder Her Patients

    The tragic deaths at New Orleans’s Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina were among the most notorious examples of the vast human suffering that resulted from the flooding of the city—and the government’s incompetent response to the disaster. At least 34 people died in the hospital awaiting evacuation, and it wasn’t long before dark rumors began circulating that some of them were helped along by lethal doses of morphine or other medications. Almost a year after the storm, in July 2006, authorities arrested Dr. Anna Pou, a well-known head-and-neck surgeon. She was eventually accused of murdering nine patients who were in a long-term acute-care unit on the seventh floor run by LifeCare Hospital of New Orleans. (Two nurses were also arrested but their charges were dropped in exchange for grand jury testimony.)In late July, a Louisiana grand jury refused to indict Pou, and the highly controversial criminal case came to a close. Pou still faces several civil lawsuits brought by...
  • Taking On Tourette’s

    Marg Mackrell was just 3 when her parents noticed the first signs of what turned out to be Tourette syndrome. The blond toddler began sniffing her fingers repeatedly, and over the next six years, her uncontrolled tics came to include clicking, whirring and scrunching her nose. Her condition was manageable (she attends school with other kids) until last year, when, at the age of 9, she began to suffer about 60 episodes a day of repeated head jerks that left her sore and spent by nighttime. So when MacKrell’s parents learned about an old but little-used therapy called habit-reversal training (HRT), they decided to try it. Last November, Marg started learning new ways to pre-empt her most severe tics at the Child and Family Study Center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. When she felt a head jerk coming on, she was taught to drop her head and stare at the second hand on her watch for a minute. “Soon [the head jerking] was down by 90 percent,” says Marg’s mother, Diane...
  • You, Too, Can Have A Bionic Body

    Susan Burke’s left knee was humbling her. At 54, she wanted to hike and whitewater raft through the national parks or, at the very least, to stroll around the block with her husband at night, as she’d always done. Instead, she could barely walk from her desk to her office parking lot without popping an Aleve. Her knee wouldn’t leave her alone. Four years earlier, it had started swelling while she was training for an eight-mile trek through Glacier National Park. “I finally decided, ‘All right, I’ll get it checked’,” she says. “The cartilage had worn down to the point of bone on bone.” Burke’s doctor told her she needed a knee replacement, but that wasn’t what she wanted. It was too drastic, and she thought she was too young.Over the next four years, Burke tried to salvage her knee with arthroscopic surgery, pain meds and lowered expectations for hikes that were “shorter than my usual horizons.” But her knee was still crumbling. Finally, she met a fellow adventurer on a plane who had...
  • War’s Liquor Legacy

    Every American War has inspired a cocktail. There’s the Artillery Punch (Civil War), the French 75 (WWI), the Kamikaze (WWII) and the Napalm shot (Vietnam). So what about Iraq? The top contenders are still battling it out. Here are the latest shots served around the world:World Peace: A diplomatic gin martini served at the World Bar, across the street from the U.N.Dirty Bomb: A Jager shot dropped in a pint of Red Bull and pounded at Sacramentos's Bar R15Bin Laden: A tastefully tasteless shot of Pernod and Tabasco sauce, courtesy of BarMeister.comBlood and Oil: A cran-vodka play on the classic 'Blood and Sand,' served at Bar R15
  • Cancer’s New Pitch

    Two summers ago a group of Philadelphia-area women who were preparing for the Breast Cancer 3-Day charity walk met to decide their team name. Kelly Rooney, then a 42-year-old with five children and stage-three breast cancer, tossed out an idea: how about "Save 2nd Base," a playful allusion to that quaint high-school system in which the bases signify the progression from kissing to sex? Rooney designed a T shirt, drawing two baseballs at breast level above the slogan. By the time of the fund-raiser Rooney was too sick to walk, but her teammates wore the shirts—and many spectators commented on how much they loved the idea. So Rooney's sister Erin O'Brien Dugery and friend Kelly Day spent close to $10,000 to trademark the Save 2nd Base tagline and began selling the T shirts online and in boutiques (total sales so far: 1,000). "We can't keep them in stock—they're catching on like fire," says Jen Dailey at People People, a boutique in Stone Harbor, N.J. The women selling the shirts have...
  • Clift: Marketing the War

    September marks the media rollout for the next stage of the White House campaign to keep boots on the ground in Iraq. Will General Petraeus stick to the script?
  • Did the Dems Help Speed Rove's Exit?

    As key members of Bush's inner circle file out, a former White House official suggests Democratic pressure may have helped hasten the departure of Karl Rove.
  • A Debate Over Outing Gays

    Two prominent gay journalists discuss Sen. Larry Craig's arrest and what it has to say about the outing of public officials.
  • Terror Watch: Behind Allawi's Bid for Power

    The former Iraqi prime minister speaks out on how he hired a well-connected Washington lobbying firm to help pave his attempt to oust the current government. Who's footing the bill?
  • New Orleans Finds Its Civic Pride

    The ravages of Katrina are still evident everywhere you turn. But there is reason for optimism in New Orleans. A city that once laughed at its colorful and inept political culture has found its civic pride.
  • Talk Transcript: Katrina and Public-Service Law

    On Aug. 29, Bill Quigley, director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans, joined us for a Live Talk on  about the continuing impact of Katrina on the Gulf Coast and what the legal profession can do to help.
  • Alter: Only Two Republicans Show at Cancer Forum

    Despite six no-shows, the Republican session of Lance Armstrong's cancer forum firmly established health-care as a campaign issue. And it gave the former Arkansas governor an opportunity to shine.
  • Rebuilding Health care in New Orleans

    A New Orleans doctor who rode out Katrina and is working to rebuild the city's health care system talks about the challenges and rewards of practicing medicine in the devastated city.
  • Senator Craig’s Straight Talk

    The Idaho Republican defiantly proclaimed his heterosexuality to the press amid a political feeding frenzy over his guilty plea to charges of disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis airport men's room. Will his conservative constituents buy it?
  • Isikoff: Gonzales Gone But Not Forgotten

    Embattled attorney general Alberto Gonzales finally calls it quits. But Justice Department investigators and Democrats in Congress aren't nearly done with him yet.
  • Alter: Armstrong Challenges Dems on Cancer

    Lance Armstrong challenged the presidential candidates to double the funding for cancer research. Four Democratic candidates committed. What will the GOP do? The birth of a new campaign benchmark.
  • Campaign 2008: The Gonzales Dilemma

    For Democrats, he's an easy target. But for Republicans, addressing his departure is tricky political terrain. A rundown of how the 2008 field handled the attorney general's resignation.
  • Vindicated Katrina Doc Tells Her Story

    Dr. Anna Pou was accused of murdering nine patients in a New Orleans hospital wracked by Katrina, but a grand jury declined to indict her. Now she gives her side of the story.
  • LA Police Chief Bratton Makes Up With Giuliani

    Rudy Giuliani recently offered an olive branch to his estranged former partner in crimefighting, L.A. Police Chief William Bratton. Now, Bratton returns the favor—but he gives Hillary a shout-out, too.
  • Clift: Society’s Challenges as We Age

    Having chronicled every stage of life, author Gail Sheehy now has insights on the final stages--from the view of a caregiver. One thing she's learned: Government doesn't always help.
  • Michael Bloomberg’s Knightly Ambitions

    He is a short (5-foot-7) Jewish man from Massachusetts in a mostly Christian nation that is moving south and west. He has so little conventional star power that as mayor of New York City he can take the subway to work without other straphangers' really noticing. While he can be dryly witty, he sometimes turns wooden behind a podium. On the other hand, he can spend half a billion (if not more) of his own dollars to get elected. He is beholden to no interest groups. And he is very, very competent.Michael Bloomberg is the latest rescue fantasy to tantalize the American public (or at least its representatives in the media). The country is adrift; people feel threatened by forces beyond their control. One political era seems to be ending, but a new one has yet to begin. At 26 percent in the new NEWSWEEK Poll, President George W. Bush has the lowest approval rating since Richard Nixon during Watergate, and Congress rates slightly lower. The voters are sick of politicians and partisan...
  • A Life In Books

    She may have won a Pulitzer for her novel "March," but Geraldine Brooks confessed to PERI that her To Read list still includes Thomas Mann's "Buddenbrooks." Yeah, we haven't gotten around to that one, either. A profile of the writer as reader: ...
  • Quiz: Hats in the Ring

    So far this year, at least eight presidential hopefuls—Sam Brownback, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter—have leapt into the race to replace George W. Bush at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2009. That's on top of more than a dozen others—including John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden, Tom Vilsack and John Edwards—who formed exploratory committees or formally launched bids last year. How soon is Election Day again? Oh, right—22 months away. Candidates weren't always such early birds; in fact, until the 1950s, they rarely campaigned before the nominating conventions (in 1932, FDR became the first nominee to actually address the convention; Andrew Jackson barely left the Hermitage, his home in Tennessee, for the whole of his 1828 presidential run). But alas, those days are gone. With nearly two years of stumping and spin ahead, here are 10 questions to test your knowledge of how presidential hopefuls past and present...
  • Ask a Harvard Doc About Heart Health

    Heart disease, which kills nearly 700,000 people each year, remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Risk factors for heart disease include high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. In addition, smoking, physical inactivity, obesity and a diet high in saturated fats can also increase an individual's risk of heart attack and stroke. The good news is that lifestyle changes--quitting smoking, exercising more--can help many people reduce their risk and feel better in the process. As part of our next Health for Life offering, Harvard cardiologist Dr. Thomas H. Lee will answer your questions about heart health and related matters. Dr. Lee is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition, he is the chair of the editorial boards of the Harvard Health Letter, a publication he helped found. Some of your questions and Dr. Lee's responses will run online and in the March 12 issue of NEWSWEEK.