Twitter: Not Just for the Masses Anymore

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.

Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East

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.

Harry Reid: Not Much of a Mathematician

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...

Jon Stewart Takes On McCain's Maverick Denial in NEWSWEEK

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...

Lay Off Eric Cantor! (Sort Of)

An angry Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lashed out at Democrats yesterday, claiming they were shamelessly using threats against lawmakers to make political hay.

How Oregon Ended Its Meth Epidemic

Methamphetamine makers across the country have expanded operations in recent years as demand for the feel-good drug has risen with unemployment. In Oregon, however, the once booming industry has nearly disappeared.

Rove Gets Roved

With Karl Rove's Courage and Consequence (we read it so you wouldn't have to, here) flying off shelves, it was obviously only a matter of time before the Internet worked its magic with a video spoof.

Hunter Told Edwards Not to Run: Mistress Speaks in 'GQ' Interview

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).

Conservative Backlash Against Conspiracy Theories Begins

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...

Yes, Virginia, There Are Republican Critics of Sarah Palin

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?

Blanket Holds vs. Blanket Holds

Much of the chatter over Sen. Richard Shelby's (R-Ala.) move yesterday to place a so-called blanket hold on all administration nominees has focused on how novel the tactic is.

Mark Cuban's Shadow Small-Business Tax Proposal

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.

What's the Matter With Ohio?

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.

Hitler Finds Out About Scott Brown's Victory

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).

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