Bristol's Engagement: What Effect on Sarah?

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, the parents of Sarah Palin's grandson, Tripp, have announced in Us Weekly that they're engaged and that they hope to marry within six months. Earlier this week we looked at what a federal disclosure from Palin's political-action committee meant for her presidential prospects. Perversely, the nuptial news could have an even greater impact.

George Steinbrenner, Legendary Yankees Owner, Dead at 80

George Steinbrenner, who owned the New York Yankees for 37 years and restored the franchise to its former glory, died Tuesday morning of a heart attack. He was 80. According to a statement released by the family Tuesday morning, he died at his Tampa home.

Sarah Palin Presidential Run Watch: What Does the SarahPAC FEC Report Mean?

Why does a new filing from Sarah Palin's SarahPAC have political circles atwitter? It's the large sums that are going out the door, not the record amounts that the political-action committee raised in the second quarter. Suddenly, a Palin presidential run in 2012—though improbable—looks more likely. But are the numbers all they're cracked up to be?

What Should Obama and Congress Do About Jobs?

The atrocious jobs numbers released Friday have added new fuel to the already heated debate over what the government should be doing to help unemployed Americans. But for the time being, it remains mostly an academic spat among wonks. The fact is that any real progress on solutions for unemployment has screeched to a halt on Capitol Hill and won't get back on track until at least next week.

Why Jihadists Love the World Cup

You'd expect that jihadists—whose strict Islamist worldview proscribes music, women's education, gambling, drinking, homosexuality, and the shaving of beards—would hate soccer. In fact, they are some of the sport's most ardent fans.

John Boehner's Serious Suggestion on Retirement Ages and the Deficit

House Minority Leader John Boehner is getting some attention today for an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—but much of the coverage is missing the point. While his statements on civil unrest and financial reform are splashier, his argument that the retirement age should be increased is a serious and important one.

Who Will Succeed Senator Byrd?

The death of Sen. Robert Byrd signals the end of an era in Washington, where Byrd had served since 1953. But it will have even more serious effects in West Virginia, where he has dominated politics for decades. Although Democrats have a good chance at holding the seat, any new senator will lack Byrd's clout in Washington and lifetime job security at home.

Sen. Robert Byrd Dies at 92

The senator was a looming figure in both the Senate--where his knowledge of parliamentary procedure is well-known, and where he served as president pro tempore of the Senate--and in West Virginia, where his prowess in procuring federal funds for his home state is legendary.

Why Obama Won't Fire Richard Holbrooke

Now that Stanley McChrystal is out, pundits and politicians—including eminent Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kit Bond—are clamoring for Richard Holbrooke's head. But with Gen. David Petraeus in, the special envoy is probably stronger than before. Holbrooke and Petraeus seem to have a warm relationship that bodes well for both the diplomat and the whole Afghanistan team.

12 Secure Jobs for the Next Decade

Despite the volatility in many sectors, there's still hope for job seekers across the spectrum of education and skills. NEWSWEEK consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics and career counselors to predict the most stable professions for years to come.

How Much Did the RNC Lose on the Young Eagles Program?

With the revelation that the RNC paid $103,000 to a staffer who resigned in April, the now-abolished Young Eagles program to encourage younger donors appears to be an even bigger money loser than previously thought—and another setback in the GOP's effort to garner youth support.

Nikki Haley and Acceptable Racism

South Carolina state Sen. Jake Knotts's racist comments about Nikki Haley point to a new trend of "acceptable racism"—targeting Middle Easterners and Muslims.

Is Colorado's Andrew Romanoff Another Sestak?

Rushing to quell another potential PR hit, the White House last night admitted it had discussed an administration job with Andrew Romanoff, a Democrat who is challenging Sen. Michael Bennet, a White House favorite, for Colorado's Senate nomination.

Al and Tipper Gore Separating After 40 Years of Marriage

Former vice president Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have told friends they have decided to separate after 40 years of marriage, Politico reports. In an e-mail to friends, they wrote, "This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.

The Disappearing Biden Quote

Most Democrats—like, say, the Richard Blumenthal for Senate campaign—probably cringed when they read a blog post this morning in The Hill, with comments Vice President Joe Biden made about Blumenthal. Not so the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, oddly.

Sarah Palin Not Psyched About Her New Neighbor

More news on the Wasilla, Alaska, real-estate front: investigative journalist Joe McGinniss, a noted Palin basher, is renting the house next door to the former vice presidential candidate. McGinniss is reporting a book on Palin, tentatively titled Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously, but he's written lots about her before. Not surprisingly, the former governor is not happy.

How 9/11 Affected Birthrate

Scientists have long known that stress can depress the male-to-female birth ratio, but the study in BMC Public Health zones in on miscarriage, rather than several other potential factors, as the culprit for the 9/11 drop. To make the analysis, researchers compiled data on fetal death from 1996 to 2002, for a total of some 156,000 fetal deaths of both genders. in September 2001, the rate of male fetal deaths increased by 12 percent over September 2000.

What Is Sarah Palin Building, and What Does It Mean?

Experienced New York Times Alaska hand William Yardley has an intriguing dispatch from Wasilla in this morning's newspaper. He writes about the Palin family's relationship to the small town where Sarah Palin got her start as mayor, and draws a mixed portrait: Palin is frequently on the road and isn't seen around town the way she used to be, but her husband Todd also tells the reporter that his family doesn't intend to move anywhere: "Where else would we go?

Rand Paul's Race Comments Roil Kentucky Contest

Newly minted GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul has already stepped into his first crisis of the campaign, only one day after winning the Kentucky primary. Comments he made about federal civil-rights legislation and segregation during two interviews with national media outlets have earned Paul a barrage of criticism.

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