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.

The Devastated Wetlands: Photographer Gerald Herbert on the Oil Spill's Deadly Toll

Last night, PBS's NewsHour dedicated a segment to AP photographer Gerald Herbert, who's taken powerful photographs of the wildlife affected as oil makes its way toward the Louisiana coast. The photos aren't new: NEWSWEEK used his shot of a dying bird in our oil-spill-timeline gallery.But seeing them flashed on the screen while Herbert gives context for the photographs he has shot is especially heartbreaking. Take the photo of an oil-slicked bird leaving a brown stain on the hull of a ship as...

Bigger, Stronger, Faster: Doping, Training, and Human Evolution, and How Sports Change as Players Get Huge

Floyd Landis's admission that he did indeed take performance-enhancing drugs is one of the least shocking sports headlines in recent memory. In fact, the idea that doping scandals are still making news might be more surprising: illegal drug use exists in all major sports. It's a vicious cycle: players get bigger as the sport evolves, others feel the need to take performance-enhancing drugs to compete, and they get even bigger as a result. The good news: doping is down, according to David Baron,...

Autism Doesn't Necessarily Lead to Divorce, But What Does?

Marriage, as everyone knows, is hard work. And couples who face undue stress—a lost job, a foreclosed home, the death of a child—have an even harder time staying together. That's what make the results a new study of parents with autistic children so interesting. There's long been a statistic that's floated around the autistic community: parents whose children are diagnosed are 80 percent more likely to get divorced. "You can imagine the impact of getting a diagnosis of autism, and...

Pesticides, ADHD, and Personal Health: Why We Can't Always Control What Happens to Our Brains and Bodies

If a study found that Acme Brand Cleaning products led to cancer in kids, you'd better believe that parents would step up: they'd boycott Acme Brand, they'd write angry letters to both the CEO and the government, and they'd create such an uproar that the cleaning products would be pulled from the shelves. The PR would be so bad that Acme Brand might even have to change its name.Consumers have a lot of power when they vote with their wallets. But when it comes to things like...

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. Here are some of our favorites. Horne began her career as a nightclub singer and club performer in New York, but later moved to L.A. She had bit parts in a couple of films, but Stormy Weather, released in 1943, was one of her breakout roles. Horne went on to be a famed performer and entertainer, appearing often on television...

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. The valve, which should have shut automatically after the collapse, may not...

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. And yet, it seems that no matter what he does, he can't stay out of the headlines. Specifically, the terrifying and tragic headlines dominating today's news. First, Alex Pareene at Salon's War Room...

Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' Has Company: Some of the Best Military Music Videos

If you've been anywhere near a computer for over the past week, you've probably caught a glimpse of the "Telephone" video created by military members stationed in Afghanistan. What first looks like goofing off by two bored soldiers is later revealed to be a big production, complete with costumes, elaborate choreography, and not-bad editing.As the Los Angeles Times points out, this is not the first music video made by servicemen and -women overseas. Military life is characterized by long...