Who Can You Trust? Oil-Spill Edition, Volume 9

"Who Can You Trust?" is an ongoing look at some of the main players in the gulf oil-spill disaster. This week: BP starts a new organization, and a judge with oil-spill interests rules against the drilling ban.

Who Can You Trust? Oil Spill Edition

As part of an ongoing look at the players in the Gulf Coast oil spill, their biases, successes, and failures, we examine the officials mentioned by President Obama in his Oval Office speech. Who is Michael Bromwich, and what has Steven Chu been doing all this time?

Who Can You Trust? Oil Spill Edition

"Who Can You Trust?" is an ongoing look at some of the main players in the gulf oil-spill disaster. We analyze the media appearances and public statements of those covering, controlling, and combating the spill to determine who's spinning for personal advantage, who's playing to the crowd, and who (or what) we can truly count on. 

Natural-Gas Pipeline Explodes in Texas, but Energy Industry Remains Strong

Earlier today, a natural-gas pipeline in Texas exploded, killing at least three people and injuring several others. It's a very bad blow to an industry currently crippled with a terrible public-perception problem: despite the limited success of the containment cap, the oil spill in the gulf continues to wreak havoc in the water and on the coastlines. But it's nothing the industry can't overcome.

Why Don't Fetal Ultrasounds Prevent Abortion? The Answer Depends on Your Politics.

Today, The New York Times looked at the increasing popularity of fetal ultrasounds as a regulation for women seeking abortion. As NEWSWEEK noted in 2009, these laws—which are seen by anti-abortion proponents as a way to restrict abortion—have "been their most popular tactic and [have] been on an upswing in recent years." But the article points out that as a restrictive measure, fetal ultrasounds may miss the mark.

America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation

The pill has turned 50! The first mainstream form of birth control that empowered women to control their reproductive systems without the consultation, cooperation, or even knowledge of men. But even considering all its accomplishments, Elaine Tyler May argues that the pill was no game changer.

Lena Horne: A Life in YouTube

The amazing Lena Horne died yesterday at 92, but thanks to the power of the Internet, it's still possible to catch glimpses of her incredible talent online.

Eating Disorders Affect People of All Weights

In college—away from her family, overwhelmed by the responsibility of creating her own meals and absorbed in a culture that stresses weight loss and thinness—Marianne Kirby stopped eating. Sure, there was the occasional dinner party with friends, but most days she'd down a bag of chips and a can of soda and figure that was enough.

Oil-Spill Answers: What the Heck Happened? A Visual Guide.

Good magazine linked to a great visual explainer from Al-Jazeera that shows exactly what happened on the Deepwater Horizon rig to cause the spill, how the oil is leaking, and what options exist for stopping it.Right now both the oil company and the military have robotic devices trying to turn on the shutoff valve, but navigating so deep under the sea can be difficult, and getting the valve to function can be complex.

Dick Cheney's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Poor Dick Cheney. Ever since George W. Bush's presidential term ended, all the former veep has wanted to do is spend some time at home, kick back with his grandchildren, and publicly criticize and undermine the authority of our current commander in chief as often as possible.