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  • The Man Without Doubt

    A man with a reputation for secrecy and seclusion, Vice President Dick Cheney has spent the past few months out in public. He campaigned in the midterm elections, traveled to Saudi Arabia to talk security and eulogized former president Gerald Ford. Last week the perjury trial of his former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby Jr., exposed what Libby's lawyer cast as tensions between aides to Cheney and President George W. Bush during the CIA press leak in 2003. In his first print interview since the GOP lost control of Congress, Cheney spoke to NEWSWEEK's Richard Wolffe. Excerpts: ...
  • Q&A: The Gospel According to Mike Huckabee

    The former Arkansas governor has struggles to raise money, lags behind the GOP presidential front runners in the polls and has been maligned by Bush's former counsel. Why he keeps on keepin' on.
  • Newsweek Summer Internships

    Newsweek has a paid, 13-week summer internship program designed for college students entering their senior year, graduating seniors, graduate students and professionals with a few years of experience in journalism. Interns work at our headquarters in New York, where they do reporting and research and help with the weekly close of the magazine.Applicants must have experience reporting and writing for their college newspapers, in previous internships or at other publications.  We ask applicants to submit: A one-page letter stating their qualifications and aspirations A detailed résuméFive samples of published articles*, including name and date of publication.  Essays for classes are not acceptable.Name and phone number of two references*Clips should demonstrate exclusive or enterprise reporting which, ideally, had an impact.  Writing should be memorable and better than the average college journalist.Application material for the summer of 2010 should be sent to: Internship Program,...
  • History of Newsweek

    History: Founded by Thomas J.C. Martyn, a former foreign editor at Time magazine, Newsweek was first published on Feb. 17, 1933. That issue, called "News-Week," featured seven photographs from the week's news on the cover. It cost 10 cents a copy, $4 for a year, and had a circulation of 50,000. Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961. Today, Newsweek has a worldwide circulation of more than 4 million .Newsweek holds more prestigious National Magazine Awards, given by the American  Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), than any other newsweekly.Content: Newsweek offers comprehensive coverage of world events with a global network of correspondents, reporters and editors covering national and international affairs, business, science and technology, society and the arts and entertainment. Newsweek also features respected commentators such as Jonathan Alter, Ellis Cose, Jane Bryant Quinn, Robert J. Samuelson, Anna Quindlen, Stuart Taylor Jr. and George Will.  Newsweek...
  • Terror Watch: Gonzales Lawyers Up

    Still under investigation by Congress and Justice Department lawyers who once worked for him, the former attorney general has turned to a leading Washington attorney to help him beat the rap.
  • What The Flax Is It?

    Slugger Barry Bonds, sprinter Tim Montgomery and now Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones have admitted to taking a powerful anabolic steroid known as "the clear," and they all say they got it from the same place—the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, whose founder, Victor Conte, served four months in prison. But the athletes have one more thing in common: they each claim they thought they were taking flaxseed oil. Could they all have made the same honest mistake? And what the heck is flaxseed oil anyway? "You'd have to be a moron to confuse flaxseed oil with an anabolic steroid," says Jose Antonio, head of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Derived from crushed flax-plant seeds, flaxseed oil is primarily used as an over-the-counter nutritional supplement that helps with heart disease and menopausal symptoms. It's also a common wood finish. But will it help you run faster? "That's a big stretch," says Antonio. "There's no evidence it leads to performance benefits....
  • Rudy’s Right Hands

    Will Giuliani make us safer? His foreign-policy team boasts some of the Bush era's most assertive neoconservatives. They include: ...
  • Blissful Thinking

    In "Thank You Power," TV journalist Deborah Norville taps the emerging field of positive psychology to argue that everyday expressions of gratitude are one giant step down the road to happiness. NEWSWEEK's Jeneen Interlandi appreciated the interview: ...
  • Whacking Hackers

    In a single case this summer, an attack by hackers disabled a reported 1,500 Pentagon computers. And the siege is continuing. The Defense Department detects 3 million unauthorized "scans"—or attempts by would-be intruders to access official networks—on its computers every day, according to a Pentagon spokesman. Now the Bush administration, worried particularly about computer attacks from China, is aiming to beef up American defenses. According to officials in the cybersecurity industry, who like several sources quoted in this article did not want to be named discussing confidential programs, the White House is quietly preparing a major "cyberdefense" initiative to be announced later this year.It won't be the first such effort. Shortly before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the White House announced a new cybersecurity strategy that eventually foundered, according to Roger Cressey, a former counterterrorism adviser in both the Clinton and current administrations. Given the recent success...
  • What’s In A Name?

    Shake-up is rare in the centuries-old business of backyard sports, but there's a new game in town: cornhole, a version of beanbag toss in which players score points by chucking bags of corn through a hole in a tilted board, is rapidly colonizing the country's leisure time. The game's roots are murky, but one theory has it popping up a century ago on Kentucky farms before spreading to Main Street U.S.A. in the past decade, attracting toddlers and tailgaters, who enjoy the safe, easy pastime because it leaves a free hand for drinking or thumbing one's nose at the competition. The four-year-old American Cornhole Association now boasts more than 25,000 "cornholers," ambassadors of the game who have helped take it national, spawning a mockumentary film, an arcade version and tournaments. In July, more than 4,000 people and major sponsors, including Visa, supported Chicago's first annual Cornhole Classic at Soldier Field.But with attention comes a vexing PR problem: the word "cornhole" is...
  • Up the River, But Living It Up

    Peruvian ex-leader Alberto Fujimori, in jail awaiting trial for alleged crimes, no longer lives in a palace. But like many incarcerated tyrants, prison spokespeople and lawyers say, he's living better than you might expect. ...
  • Disorder In the Court

    Military commissions were supposed to ensure easy terror convictions, but that hasn't been the case.
  • Terror, Torture and a Veil of Secrecy

    Eager to show how aggressively it was revising U.S. counterterrorism policies, the White House released a statement two years ago touting its adoption of 37 of the 39 reforms recommended by the 9/11 Commission. But one of the two it rejected—to little fanfare—was the commission's recommendation that the U.S. comply with Geneva Conventions standards requiring "humane treatment" of captured terrorists. That decision, based in part on advice from Justice Department lawyers, led to a quiet but intense battle within the Bush administration. "This was doing more damage to our foreign policy than any other issue," says Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the 9/11 Commission who later served as senior counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "This was not just a matter of public opinion. It was having an effect on the cooperation we were getting on counterterrorism operations worldwide." Key European allies, he says, were balking at working with the United States on terrorist...
  • Did Hillary Duck a Sucker Punch?

    Last March, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia introduced a bill to insist that President Bush get congressional authorization if he wanted to attack Iran. A few of Webb's fellow Democrats, including Sen. Joe Biden, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, praised the idea. Still, no one signed on as a cosponsor. One reason: if it ever came to a vote—and failed—Bush could feel emboldened as he bullied his way into war with Iran. The bill languished in obscurity until last week, when Webb got his first and only cosponsor: the Democratic presidential front runner, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who was evidently in too much of a hurry to give Webb the customary senatorial heads-up. "I found out after she announced it," he said, laughing. Why now? It's called protection—in this case, from her antiwar left flank.If Clinton was suddenly anxious about Iran, she had good reason to feel that way—and so do her fellow Democrats. Most analysts, including Webb, agree Iran is a greater threat to security...
  • Would You Buy a Used Hawk From This Man?

    Neocons can't help but slink around Washington, D.C. The Iraq War has given the neoconservatives—who favor the assertive use of American power abroad to spread American values—something of a bad name, and several of the Republican candidates seem less than eager to hire them as advisers. But Rudy Giuliani apparently never got that memo. One of the top foreign-policy consultants to the leading GOP candidate is Norman Podhoretz, a founding father of the neocon movement.Podhoretz is in favor of bombing Iran because of the country's unwillingness to suspend its uranium-enrichment program. He also believes America is engaged in a "world war" with "Islamofascism" and that Giuliani is the only man who can win it. "I decided to join Giuliani's team because his view of the war—what I call World War IV—is very close to my own," Podhoretz tells NEWSWEEK. (World War III, in his view, was the cold war.) "And also because he has the qualities of a wartime leader, including a fighting spirit and a...
  • Fineman: How Fred Thompson Fared

    Fred Thompson finally joined the fray, debuting in the Michigan debate. How he stacked up against the rest of the Republican field.
  • Can the Youth Vote Save Obama?

    With the Hillary juggernaut growing in strength every day, Barack Obama is hoping Iowa's youth can help keep him in the game.
  • Governor Otter on Craig’s Decision

    Republican leaders in Washington weren't the only ones caught by surprise when the embattled Idaho Republican announced his intention to serve out his term. A conversation with Gov. Butch Otter, the man poised to tap Craig's replacement.
  • Wolffe: Terry McAuliffe’s Mission

    He helped Hillary Clinton raise a stunning amount of money in the third quarter. Can he make sure she carries the Iowa caucus? He's giving it a shot, one small cluster at a time.
  • Trouble in the Boundary Waters

    In the pristine wilderness of northern Minnesota, long-simmering tensions erupt between the nature lovers who helped revive a dying economy and the local recreationalists whose turf they've invaded. Inside the 'Ely Six.'
  • Fineman: Inside the Hillary Veepstakes

    Yes, it's ridiculously early to start speculating on who might round out Senator Clinton's presidential ticket. But the angling has begun. Who will be No. 3—to Hill and Bill?
  • Utah Mine Disaster Hit One Family Hard

    An entire community was crushed by the deadly Crandall Canyon mine disaster in Utah, but for the Allred family, the losses were almost too much to bear.
  • Terror Watch: The Suspects Who Got Away

    German authorities nabbed the alleged masterminds of a deadly plot against U.S. targets. But dozens of others believed to be close to their terror cell are still at large.
  • Airport Death: Family Keeps Options Open

    The lawyer for a New York City woman from a prominent political family who died suddenly in police custody at the Phoenix airport hasn't yet decided if they will file a legal case.
  • How To Cut Your Carbon Paw Print

    Derrick Mains, 34, of Mesa, Ariz., considers himself a green kind of guy. He recycles, doesn’t litter and eats organic. But Mains, an environmental consultant, still feels eco-guilty. That’s why he buys his two rescue dogs, Copa and Lola, all-natural, organic food. And instead of plastic bags that wind up in landfills, he’s using a biodegradable box to scoop up their waste. Next on the agenda? Leashes made from earth-friendly hemp. “My dogs and I are trying to save the planet,” Mains says.Since neither Copa nor Lola can vote for the Green Party, it’s up to humans like Mains to make “the right choices that can help pets be more in tune with the environment,” says Anthony Zolezzi, coauthor of “How Dog Food Saved the Earth.” And more consumers are making those choices. According to market-research firm Packaged Facts, U.S. retail sales of natural pet products are expected to reach $1.3 billion this year, up from $558 million in 2003. By 2012, the market should top $2.5 billion.There is...
  • Give Back That PC

    The next time you want to upgrade to a new computer, don’t dump the old one. In 2005, an estimated 130,000 computers were discarded every day, says Roxanne Smith of the Environmental Protection Agency. With this in mind, more companies and organizations are making it easier for you to recycle your PC. Refurbishers will take computers that are less than five years old, make sure they are in working order and then donate them to a school or nonprofit (to find a refurbisher near you, go to or electronics Many manufacturers will recycle previously used computers, regardless of their age or origin, when you buy a new one from them, though you may have to pack and ship it yourself (some companies will pay for the cost). For details on specific manufacturers’ recycling programs, log on to Another option is Staples, the office-supply store, which will accept any computer, regardless of where it was purchased, for a $10 fee.Before you...
  • Legends Of The Fall

    It’s time to hit the stores in search of those few items that will help you look hot as the weather cools. TIP SHEET asked Faran Krentcil, editor of, what to buy: ...
  • Dial-A-Discount

    Why not let your cell phone save you money for a change? Several companies have started mobile coupon services that send discount codes for things ranging from ice cream to hotel rooms directly to your phone—when you want them. Market leader Cellfire ( does it without even bothering you with text messages. It downloads a program to your phone that will update the latest deals automatically. You can key in your ZIP code while you’re out shopping to see which coupons are waiting for you. Typical recent offerings included a free shake at Cold Stone Creamery, a free Hollywood Video rental and a double upgrade at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. You can change your ZIP code and see new offers whenever you’re on the move. Other services, including text2store ( and PingRewards (, send their coupon offers in text messages once you register at their Web sites. You can sign in for specific types of offers, such as restaurant deals, or, at PingRewards, for...
  • Road Test : Town & Country Ltd.

    Room For LivingChrysler understands that some Americans hate to leave the comforts of home behind. That’s why it built this fifth-generation Town & Country, which is the closest thing to a living room on wheels. Back seats swivel 180 degrees to form a conversation pit where four captain’s-style chairs face one another. Add the removable table and it’s an instant homework station, or a comfy spot for a game of Monopoly. All back-seat riders are perfectly positioned in stadium seating to see video screens, should Mom or Dad decide to quiet the troops with a dose of “Toy Story.” There’s even the option of kid-friendly live TV, including Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.Outside, the Town & Country looks great with loads more chrome trim than last year’s model, plus the option of blacked-out rear windows for a more intriguing look. Inside, ambient aqua-colored lighting made my family and me look exotic. Also, my tester wore rich colors of ivory and taupe, a tug...
  • As Pure As the Driven Snow

    Living in Boynton Beach, Fla., Valerie Staggs used to boil her water after hurricanes and other natural disasters. But after her son, Ryan, was born five years ago, she had a filter installed under her kitchen sink. “I just wanted my water safe no matter what,” says Staggs, an ad executive. Not only does the filter screen out microbes and other contaminants that threaten her county’s water system after a major storm, it has also improved the taste of her ice cubes, tea and coffee. “The difference is like night and day,” she says.Americans have one of the safest supplies of tap water in the world. But fewer of us seem to be drinking it. In the past decade, sales of bottled water have tripled to $10.6 billion. Environmental advocates say the bottles waste resources—most are made from a derivative of crude oil and are transported for miles in diesel-guzzling trucks. Water filters seem to offer the best of both worlds: an unlimited supply of purified water with less waste. But do you...
  • Meet Me, Myself And I

    Eve Fairbanks knew something was up when her mother drove six hours to her college just to have lunch. After a meal of risotto came the moment of truth: "I know about the porn," Mom told her. It was an honest mistake: Eve's name kept showing up on X-rated sites when her mother Googled it to keep tabs on her daughter. But that Eve Fairbanks wasn't her Eve—it was a "Googlegänger," a virtual doppelgänger linked by a shared name thanks to the all-knowing search engine.Much like the verb "to Google" has become as famil-iar in our vernacular as "to search," the term "Google-gänger" has also caught on with a generation of people defined not so much by their accomplishments but by how Google-able those accomplishments are. "You are who you are because of Google," says Matthew Slutsky, 26, a political blogger who has befriended his own Googlegänger on Facebook. For some, your Googlegänger is your rival in a race to the top of the Google hit list. (Despite all the articles I've written, there...
  • Bite-Size Cinema

    Three big-name filmmakers are behind three big-budget ad campaigns on TV right now. They gave us 30 seconds of cinema, so our critic David Ansen gives them 30-second reviews: Michel Gondry for Motorola: A slicker, busier version of the cardboard-cutout surrealism of "The Science of Sleep," this French ad for the Razr2 cell phone is terribly hip, but what exactly it's selling (aside from Gondry's style) is unclear. Michael Mann for Nike : Wow. A tactile paean to all-out effort, Mann's mini-action flick is one continuous movement of bone-crushing contact, set to the stirring score of his "Last of the Mohicans." The message: "Leave nothing." Mann obliges. Wes Anderson for AT&T: Where some directors cut, the artifice-loving Anderson likes to move his camera from room to room, going for a living diorama effect. That's what he does in his droll spots for AT&T, showing in one unbroken shot the many worlds a customer visits by phone in a day. Clever.
  • New York State Of Mind

    President Bush's nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey, is likely to be confirmed by the Senate—but he might not get off to the smoothest start. The retired federal judge is expected to disqualify himself from one of the first big criminal investigations that could reach his desk. The reason: his friendship with Rudy Giuliani puts him in an awkward spot regarding another old Rudy pal, former New York top cop Bernard Kerik, who faces a continuing federal investigation for corruption and other alleged indiscretions. If new charges are prepared, lawyers expect Justice Department headquarters in Washington to review the case before indictment. But Mukasey will recuse himself if that happens, according to White House spokesman Tony Fratto.The connection between Mukasey and Giuliani runs deep: Mukasey's son, Marc, is a lawyer at Bracewell and Giuliani, the Republican presidential hopeful's law firm. The son was also one of three lawyers who represented Giuliani last year when...
  • Northern Exposure

    Hillary Clinton and other Democrats recently returned hefty campaign contributions after learning that top "bundler" Norman Hsu was a fugitive. Now Republicans on Capitol Hill are wrestling with how to handle their own embarrassment: Bill Allen, a former oil executive who pleaded guilty in May to bribery and extortion charges and is the central witness in a massive FBI probe in Alaska. Allen provided key testimony leading to last week's bribery conviction of former Alaska speaker of the House Peter Kott, one of a group of local lawmakers who dubbed themselves the "Corrupt Bastards Club." Allen, who served as Alaska's Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign-finance chairman, testified that he paid $4,000 per month in consulting fees to GOP Sen. Ted Stevens's son and subsidized remodeling on the senator's house. (Stevens's home was raided by the FBI in July; he has denied any wrongdoing.)According to court documents, Allen also told the Feds that, beginning in 2004, he gave bonuses to executives of...
  • Fast Chat: Close Listener

    Chris Matthews tends to show little patience for politicians on TV, but as he writes in his new book, "Life's a Campaign," he's learned a lot from them. One of the big lessons? The power of listening. NEWSWEEK's Susannah Meadows took note. ...
  • Reaching Across the Aisle On Iraq

    Donald Rumsfeld had little stomach for talking to members of Congress, Democrat or Republican. But his successor as Defense secretary, Robert Gates, can't seem to get enough of them—especially Democrats. This summer, Gates intervened in a nasty spat between his No. 3 deputy, Under Secretary Eric Edelman, a former adviser to Dick Cheney, and Sen. Hillary Clinton after the senator requested a briefing on a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. Edelman accused her of aiding the enemy, and Cheney backed him up. But Gates wrote Clinton a conciliatory letter and ordered Edelman to brief her. Late last week Gates had lunch with the Senate Democratic Policy Committee—something Rumsfeld never did. And within days, administration sources tell NEWSWEEK, Gates is expected to appoint Bill Clinton's former deputy Defense secretary, John Hamre—a highly regarded technocrat—as chairman of his Defense Policy Board, an influential advisory body. (Hamre declined to comment on his imminent appointment...
  • A Schmoozer Shares All

    LBJ has 'compulsive, even lunatic strains.' Rumsfeld is 'the rottenest.' Gore has a 'mystical fervor.' Or so wrote Schlesinger in his journals
  • Mitt's Mission

    Voters can't connect with a candidate they feel they don't know. Mitt Romney has to decide how much he wants to share.
  • Poll: Iowans Buck the 2008 CW

    The top three Democratic presidential contenders are locked in a three-way race among likely Iowa caucus-goers, according to the latest NEWSWEEK Poll—while Romney leads his Republican rivals in the Hawkeye State.
  • Bonds Ball: Bang Zoom to the Moon?

    After buying Barry Bonds's record-setting 756th home-run ball for $752,467, hip-hop fashion mogul Marc Ecko wants you to decide its fate. On, he offers three choices: send it to the Hall of Fame, brand it with an asterisk and mail it to Cooperstown or put it in a rocket ship to outer space. He spoke to Mark Starr: ...