Karen Breslau


Maria Shriver insisted during California's recall campaign she would get back to work as an NBC News correspondent "the day this is over." Sure enough, as Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in last November, Shriver quietly returned to "Dateline" after agreeing not to cover politics or any issues her husband's policies might influence.

The Arnold Antidote

These aren't glory days for Democrats in California--unless your name is Gavin Newsom. The incoming mayor of San Francisco, 36, has already won national notice for his relentless ambition, good looks and pro-business agenda in a famously liberal city. "He's clearly a star in the making," says Democratic Leadership Council president Al From, who helped groom Bill Clinton for the national stage.Newsom, son of a well-connected state judge, became a millionaire in his early 30s by launching wine,...

Fast Chat

This week San Francisco elects a new mayor to replace Willie Brown, 69. Brown, as famous for his couture as for his sharp tongue and his unabashedly liberal politics, has held public office continuously in California since 1964.

Q&Amp;A: Shades Of Gray

On Monday, Gray Davis will step down as governor of California, handing over his job to Arnold Schwarzenegger after being defeated by the actor-turned-politican in last month's historic recall election.

Interview: Striking A Chord

After winning California's recall election in a landslide last week, Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke with NEWSWEEK's Karen Breslau. Excerpts:Breslau: Your victory over Governor Davis was a result in part of the tremendous anger California voters have about the bad state of their economy.

Are We There Yet?

By the time it was over, the Great California Recall of 2003, which began as a kind of amusing, exasperating freak show--"It's democracy at its best!" "No, it's politics at its worst!"--settled down to a more depressingly familiar spectacle: a nasty spitting match between two desperate pols that has nothing at all to do with the many problems facing the nation's most populous state.Take a moment to review.

Cut! No Sequels, Please.

The big-budget thriller that began with Arnold Schwarzenegger's dropping a bomb on "The Tonight Show" ends with next Tuesday's recall vote--but not before a climactic chase scene that's one part "Terminator 3" and one part "Meet the Press." The last days of the bizarre contest to recall California Gov.

Arnold's Double Whammy

Arnold Schwarzenegger is known in Hollywood for having total control over any set he works on. But at the Thursday premiere of his flashy bus tour, the "California Comeback Express," unruly extras threatened to upset the plot line of his campaign finale.Instead of dutifully reporting on the extravagant special effects and adoring crowds on day one of the candidate's triumphant 500-mile ride from San Diego to Sacramento, reporters were in a feeding frenzy from morning until night, once again...

Arnold's Big Mo

Maybe the producers of the Game Show Network thought they were being clever by airing the first episode of "Who Wants to be Governor of California?" on the same night as the debate featuring the five major candidates vying to replace Gov.

Arnold's Chief Barnstormer

With politics in her DNA and nearly 20 years of experience as a television journalist, it's not easy to stump Maria Shriver.She wows an audience in San Francisco with her campaign pitch for her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, "10 Things You Should Know About Arnold," before deftly fielding questions about whether she thinks the press has been fair to him (no) to whether, as a Democrat, she favors the California recall (yes).But when someone asks "What kind of First Lady would you be?" Shriver...

Taking Arnold To School

It took Arnold Schwarzenegger years to earn his bachelor's degree. He took junior college classes, enrolled in correspondence courses and eventually cobbled together enough credits for a diploma in 1980, at the age of 32.

Q&Amp;A: 'We're Ready To Go'

Since the recall campaign against Gov. Gray Davis began, California's First Lady Sharon Davis has become her husband's chief adviser and cheerleader. She even blogs on his behalf, writing a column about the couple's experiences on governor's campaign Web site (www.no-recall.com) Between campaign stops, Sharon Davis spoke with Newsweek's Karen Breslau:NEWSWEEK: It seems like governor is starting to actually have a little fun out there on the campaign.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has plenty of rich and famous friends. But to become governor of California, he really needs people like Marlon Sandoval. Sandoval, 26, a hip-hop musician and part-time security guard in Los Angeles, has never cast a ballot in his life.

The Terminator's Next Big Act

Charlotte Christiana is a true-blue California Republican. She is against abortion, gun control and "environmental wackos." She wants tighter immigration laws--and a governor who "will get in there and cut some of those social programs." As president of the Huntington Harbor Republican Women's Club, Christiana has collected hundreds of signatures demanding the recall of Democratic Gov.

Let The Showdown Begin

The star witness gets a makeover, hires a media-savvy lawyer and holds a press conference to plead for her "privacy." The defendant's own celebrity attorney hunts for the "real killers." The upcoming trial of Scott Peterson for the murder of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son is looking like the Return of O.J.

Trouble: Dishing Up A Pyramid Scheme?

What started as a parlor game among wealthy suburbanites may be the largest all-female fraud ring in California history. Leaders of Women Helping Women, a Sacramento "gifting club," were arraigned last week on charges of running an illegal pyramid scheme that may have defrauded more than a thousand women who ponied up millions of dollars.

A Gray Campaign

How many popular presidents does it take to prop up an embattled incumbent governor? If the governor's name is Gray Davis, and a little Hollywood touch is called for, then the answer is two.Appearing at a Los Angeles-area charter school on Monday, California Democrats imported both Bill Clinton and "The West Wing's" Martin Sheen to lend some star appeal to the famously wooden governor's campaign against Republican Bill Simon.

A Quarter Pound Problem

McDonald's calls it the "Happiest Meal Ever": a chance for students to have burgers and fries dished up by their teachers. Some 2,500 schools have signed up for the chain's McTeacher program, which donates a portion of profits--about $500 per fund-raiser--to schools whose teachers pull a two-hour shift behind the counter.

Big Future In Tiny Spaces

It may not be welcome news in her home state of Pennsylvania, but chemist Cynthia Kuper could help make steel obsolete. Experimenting with carbon nanotubes, structures a few atoms wide but 100 times stronger and much lighter than steel, Kuper calls her work an "amusement park of discovery." Two years ago she launched Versilant, a company to develop nanotube-based components for airplanes and spacecraft, which will allow them to fly higher and use less fuel.

Wildcatting For Water

He clenches his glasses between his teeth and peers warily at the screen behind his desk. A smear of red arrows means another dismal day for the $200 million energy fund that T.

Why Did John Walker Lindh Make A Deal?

His father compared him to Nelson Mandela. His lawyer said "this isn't Rambo." The government, which earlier had called him a "terrorist," settled instead for John Walker Lindh's admission that, for four months last year, he had been a grenade-toting foot soldier for the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Tiny Weapons With Giant Potential

Uri Sagman is not your average bomb builder. An Israeli-born, Canadian-trained oncologist, he spent the early years of his career treating cancer patients, watching many suffer the ravages of chemotherapy and radiation, only to die anyway. "At least once a week I went home in tears," says Sagman. "I kept thinking there had to be a better way." Today Sagman, 47, is president of C Sixty, a Toronto-based nanotechnology company that is developing carbon molecules called fullerenes as a...

A Deadly Weapon

The defendant sobbed; her attorney crawled on the courtroom floor. The prosecutor displayed a plaster cast of dog teeth. Even the judge couldn't resist the occasional canine quip to ease the tension.