The world—and Twitter skeptics—saw a dramatic illustration of the microblogging service's usefulness in Iran last summer. Twitter provided an outlet for outsiders to understand what was going on in the country despite a brutal crackdown on media, and it was a useful tool for opposition protesters to organize and share information, evading government control.
This book is a wide-ranging, big-picture account by an author who truly knows the area. David Hirst highlights Lebanon's central role in every major regional clash of the last 50 years and offers a drastically different (and, to many, an inflammatory) view of Israeli policy than what's familiar to most American audiences.
With Congress on recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is on the campaign trail in Nevada, preparing for a reelection fight in November. Via The Weekly Standard, he spoke with Carson City's Nevada Appeal yesterday and had an upbeat message: "If the election were held today, I'd win." Reid pointed out that the general election ballot could have eight candidates for U.S. senator: himself, the Republican primary survivor, four independents, an Independent American Party candidate and a Tea...
Sen. John McCain is taking some flak this week from liberal bloggers for comments denying he was a maverick. In an interview, McCain—who you may recall very briefly ran an ad called "The Original Mavericks" during the 2008 presidential campaign—told NEWSWEEK's David Margolick that he didn't think that label fit him: "Maverick" is a mantle McCain no longer claims; in fact, he now denies he ever was one. "I never considered myself a maverick," he told me. "I consider myself a person who...
With 25 miners dead and four more missing, Monday's Montcoal, W. Va., explosion is a reminder that coal mining is still one of the world's most dangerous professions.
There's good news and bad news in unemployment numbers released Friday. We'll start with the good news. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says employers added 162,000 jobs in March, the biggest increase in three years.
The biggest political reason for health reform is the Democrats' base. Leaders will be relying on the bill's passage to reenergize many of the voters—and prevent a disastrous erosion of support among young voters.
Rupert Murdoch strikes again! His News Corp. said today that starting in June, online readers of The Times of London and its sister newspaper, The Sunday Times, will have to pay for article access.
We're now two weeks into the row over changing Texas history-textbook standards, and the story seems likely to persist at least until a final vote in May on the changes.
Fellow Gaggler and esteemed NEWSWEEK columnist Jonathan Alter has been busily at work on a forthcoming book, and this weekend New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman provided a peek inside.
With cable and broadcast news stations devoting almost wall-to-wall coverage to the health-reform debate and C-Span improbably becoming a trending topic on Twitter, Sunday night might have seemed like the worst time to break a months-long silence and reach a wide audience.
You may recall that about three weeks ago, NEWSWEEK ran a story detailing Rielle Hunter's "quiet dignity" as the sordid John Edwards scandal unfolded. Well, no more: Hunter has opened up with an interview for GQ, complete with semi-risque photos (a pantsless Hunter) as well as a touching picture with her and Edwards's daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter).
In death as in life, Westerners overestimate the influence and importance of Egyptian cleric Mohammad Sayyid Tantawi.
Pop quiz: If we'd asked on Monday, which Empire State Democrat would have seemed closest to resignation? Probably embattled Gov. David Paterson or maybe Rep.
Thursday's antitax domestic terror attack on an IRS building in Austin, Texas, may reopen a debate that's been quiet since last summer: are violent incidents against the federal government on the rise?
One of the fastest ways to undermine your cause is to link it to conspiracy theories. Just ask Debra Medina, the tea-party-favored Republican candidate for the Texas gubernatorial nomination, who may have torpedoed her rising star with comments to Glenn Beck that suggested she might be a "truther." The Tea Party Convention in Nashville this month, while showing the prowess of that movement, also became something of a crucible for far-out theories, like the idea that President Obama was born...
Fred Kaplan, Slate's "War Stories" columnist, is usually right on, but his column on Sarah Palin yesterday was a bit of a dud. Charging right out of the gate, Kaplan asks: "Are there any Republican grown-ups out there, and, if there are, will they ever start coming to the aid of their party?
Speaking in Baltimore on Friday, President Obama described his plan to encourage hiring by offering tax cuts to small businesses as "a simple, easy-to-understand mechanism that will cut taxes for more than 1 million small businesses." Here's the basic outline of the plan: For every new employee a business adds during 2010, it will receive a $5,000 tax credit, up to a total of $500,000.
Having spent most of my life in northeast Ohio, I can't help but scratch my head at President Obama's speech in Elyria today. Speaking at the Lorain County Community College, Obama struck a populist tone, justifying—or attempting to justify—bank bailouts to an almost certainly skeptical audience, and selling a forthcoming jobs stimulus and beleaguered health reform as policies to help the common man.
If you're still not familiar with the Downfall meme, we're a little surprised you're even on the Internet to read this. In brief: in 2004, there was a German film called Downfall, which featured a gripping and unintentionally hilarious scene in Hitler's bunker as the end of the Third Reich neared (or so we're told; we've never actually seen the original).