Fast Chat: The Economist's John Micklethwait

The Economist's John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge's new book, "God Is Back," argues that as the world grows more modern, it also becomes more religious. This is a good thing, the authors say: although religion can spawn bloodshed, the American ideals that have modernized faith can also channel the world away from violence. Micklethwait spoke to NEWSWEEK's Eve Conant. This magazine's cover story last week detailed how the number of self-identified Christians is falling and how the...

A Very Hellish Journey

Jay Dobyns convinced the Hells Angels he was one of them. And that may have been the easy part. After going undercover, he's been a man on the run.

Obama's New Gospel

What does Barack Obama believe? It's a question that an army of surrogates, out trying to assure religious voters of his faith, is answering again and again.

Spitzer in Mind, the D.C. Madam Makes Her Case

If there's one woman who might take some small comfort in the Eliot Spitzer sex scandal, it's Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a.k.a. the "D.C. Madam." Her trial on federal charges of prostitution-related racketeering and money laundering is set to begin in April. Palfrey's "Pamela Martin & Associates" escort service boasted some 10,000 clients, including powerful D.C. figures. Sen. David Vitter, a family-values Republican from Louisiana, admitted he was on Palfrey's customer list and apologized. Deputy...

Teens: Branding for Beginners

Chanel Vamp Lip Gloss, Jimmy Choo heels, Gauloises cigarettes, Absolut vodka: they're the kind of brand-name products you'd expect to find in a glossy magazine. But they're popping up with astounding frequency in novels aimed at teen girls, according to a new study by Naomi Johnson, a communications studies professor at Virginia's Longwood University. Johnson looked at six best-selling novels from the "Gossip Girl," "A-List" and "Clique" series, and found that brand names appeared an average of...

The Miracle Workers

For 25 years, evangelicals have voted Republican. But the Democrats are courting, and their efforts may have a prayer.

A Doctor's Searing Fiction

A physician's arresting debut short-story collection sheds light on the dark corners of doctoring—and tells good tales in the bargain.

On Collapsed Bridge, Warning Signs Were There

Survivors of Minneapolis's bridge collapse said there was little warning. But the warning signs were in place years before.Long before Wednesday's accident, which killed at least four and injured around 80, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MDOT) had warned about problems with the bridge. The structure had a "structurally deficient" rating since 1990 and has been inspected every year since, according to MDOT. Don Dorgan, an MDOT engineer, says, "We thought we had done all we...

In Search of a Political Savior

They'd come to pay their respects to the past, but the talk soon turned to the future. The country's leading conservative Christians convened in Lynchburg, Va., last week to bury the Rev. Jerry Falwell, the televangelist who, decades ago, fused politics and religion and helped define the GOP as the party of the faithful. Now, as the mourners straggled out of the church, some wondered aloud about the 2008 presidential election. Did any of the 10 Republican candidates deserve their coveted...

What's Next for 'The D.C. Madam'?

So, now what? The woman nicknamed the "D.C. Madam," who faces racketeering charges for running what federal authorities believe was an illegal prostitution ring, has given the phone records of her escort business to several news agencies. Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who maintains that she ran a legal adult fantasy sex service, had hoped that concern over the names of her clients appearing in the press would help shore up her case; Montgomery Blair Sibley, a lawyer working with her on civil suits,...

Books: A Memoir of Adoption and Autism

We're told to pick our battles if we want to make a difference in the world. Activist and writer Ralph James Savarese thought he and his wife, Emily, had done just that. For her it meant working with a Florida center for disabled and autistic children. For him it meant writing and teaching college students about responsibility and social obligation. But in the late '90s they found themselves forgoing these larger causes for the smaller one staring them right in the face: an abused, autistic...

A Trapped Student's IM Trail

A student trapped in a locked-down building Monday morning exchanges anxious messages with her family, as the violent ordeal unfolds.