Jonathan Darman


Janice Min finished her week's work and went home. She put the phone on hold, put her baby to bed--and returned to a blinking red light. "I saw the seven missed calls," the Us Weekly editor says, "and I thought, 'Oh, God'."It was Jan. 7, the day Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announced their separation: for celebrity mags, as big as it gets.

Genext Poll: Bad Marks For Bush

Young voters continue to turn a cold shoulder on President George W. Bush and his policies, according to the latest NEWSWEEK GENEXT poll. As the battle for the White House begins to heat up, voters aged 18-29 are giving the incumbent president poor marks on his handling of the economy, the war in Iraq and overall job performance.In the GENEXT poll, only 47 percent of young voters approve of Bush's performance in office, echoing the 48 percent of all registered voters who approved of the...

Broadband In Every Pot

It's unlikely that either George W. Bush or John Kerry's political strategists stay up at night worrying about broadband. The availability of the high-speed Internet technology is not now and will not be a central issue in this year's presidential campaign.

Shaping the Muslim Mind

As some U.S. commentators would have it, all Arab media are stewing cauldrons of anti-Americana. The Bush administration may be unable to promote security (let alone democracy) in Iraq, some thinking goes, as long as people in the Arab and Islamic world are fed improbable tales of an international Zionist conspiracy and inundated with doctored images of U.S. soldiers slaughtering innocents in the Iraqi streets.

On the Stump

The quiver in George W. Bush's lip was slight, but not too tiny for the television cameras to detect. In front of him was an audience of smiling faces, party faithful gathered for a Republican Governors Association fundraiser.

'Buying Frenzy'

Everyone seems to have their own tale about the sizzling real estate market. The friend who paid a million for a cookie-cutter apartment with no light. The relative who waited three hours in the rain just to get in the door of a suburban open house.

The Tell-All Tradition

The publication of "Against all Enemies: Inside the White House's War on Terror"--the new tell-all memoir by Richard A. Clarke--has the White House on the defensive this week.

Making the Grade

New York City third graders already have a host of authority figures to answer to when they perform poorly in school--teachers, principals, parents. Now another adult wants to have his say: Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

No Time for a Great Debate

The words "Social Security" showed up once in President Bush's January State of the Union address. In two clipped sentences towards the end of his speech, Bush expressed his hope that younger workers would "have the opportunity to build a nest egg by saving part of their Social Security taxes in a personal retirement account" and that the Social Security system would transform into a "source of ownership for the American people." Republicans in the House chamber applauded.

Jeffrey Sachs: Waiting For The World To Get Serious

Jeffrey Sachs has never been big on understatement. When NEWSWEEK profiled Sachs, an economist who serves as director of Columbia University's Earth Institute and as a special adviser to the United Nations, for its Who's Next issue last year, he was routinely warning audiences that the devastation caused by the AIDS pandemic would soon cause the earth to "quake." While a commission he led at the World Health Organization encouraged the world's richest countries to pony up $27 billion for AIDS...

Q&Amp;A: Playing With Fire

It has burned before, it is burning now, it will certainly burn again. The thousands of Californians fleeing this week from billowing blazes brought in by the haunting Santa Ana winds are hardly the first Golden Staters to see their lives go up in flames.

Food: Mario Eats Little Italys

Apologies to New York's olive-oil-stained wretches. Mario Batali, the Manhattan super-chef whose new Food Network show, "Ciao America," surveys American Italian food, says that for all its braggadocio, New York's Little Italy comes up a little short.

Taking Care Of Tiger

Angry tigers are all the rage these days, from the 400-pounder holed up in Harlem to the stressed-out kitty that went postal on Siegfried's Roy. It's clear that a tiger's place is in the wild--not a housing project or the MGM Mirage.

Washington's Hollywood Moment

James Carville has gone Hollywood. Oh, wait, that's right, James Carville already went Hollywood. Sorry. It's hard to remember a time when the former Clinton aide and Democratic political guru's life wasn't filled with Tinseltown touches.He and his wife, GOP insider Mary Matalin, have been doing their unoriginal odd couple routine on our TV sets for more than a decade.

What $87 Billion Buys

It's almost an abstract figure. President Bush says he wants $87 billion to fund the occupation in Iraq and limited operations in Afghanistan. But is that a lot when it comes to the pocket books of United States government?On the one hand, Bush's tax cuts will cost the federal government close to $300 billion this year alone.

The Summer Of Jackie

Jacqueline Kennedy spent the spring of 1964 living in a haunted city. Jolted from the White House by her husband's assassination, the young widow landed in Georgetown where she and her children tried to assemble a new life.

'The Cell'

Tarsem Singh doesn't believe in sparing his audience. In one scene from his new horror movie, he shows serial killer Carl Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio) hunched over a bathtub filled with milky white liquid.