Mark Whitaker

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For 18 months six years ago, Richard Wolffe, then with the Financial Times, spent nearly every day following George W. Bush as the Texas governor ran for president of the United States.

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Was George W. Bush right all this time about how to produce more democracy in the Arab world? That's the question even many critics of the administration have been asking themselves as they've watched the recent moving events in the Middle East.

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Most hours of the working day, Anne Underwood can be found busily toiling away in her NEWSWEEK office, surrounded by Post-it notes and a half-eaten lunch.

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"Money is the mother's milk of politics." It was true in the 1960s, when those wry words were uttered by Jesse Unruh, the legendary speaker of the California Assembly.

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Sometimes we know we're on to a great story by the length of time we spend discussing it in our weekly Wednesday cover meeting. Several months ago, Senior Editor David Noonan pitched a project on "Generation Excess"--about how kids today grow up wanting and getting more than ever in history.

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Every summer, my wife and I take our kids to a little cabin in the Catskill mountains that we purchased as newlyweds almost two decades ago. It's a time for us to relax, see old friends--and hear what people are thinking outside the bubble of New York City.

From the Editor

When the great black-out of 2003 struck, we knew immediately that we'd be ripping up our cover to crash a special report. But first, we had to worry about how to put out a magazine with no electricity.

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On Thursday, Oct. 3, Washington correspondent Pat Wingert was at her desk when cable-TV news started reporting a string of deadly shootings in Montgomery County, Md.

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All last week I kept thinking of the summer of 1977. I was a 19-year-old college student working as a summer intern in NEWSWEEK's San Francisco bureau. But I was transfixed by a crime story unfolding 3,000 miles away.

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After months of heated debate, our leading public-health officials made a startling announcement last week. The bioterror threat brought home by September 11, and the looming showdown with Iraq, have led them to favor eventually giving all Americans the option to be vaccinated against smallpox.

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Teenagers are moody. They like to keep their bedroom doors shut. They often don't want to talk at the family dinner table. They can take temporary setbacks very hard.

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How smart does George W. Bush have to be? Remember that debate during the 2000 election? Supporters said he only had to be shrewd enough to run a "CEO presidency"--to appoint strong advisers, lay out a vision and delegate details.

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For months, there were hints that something awful had happened. In early December, as Taliban prisoners who surrendered at the battle of Konduz were arriving at Sheberghan prison in northern Afghanistan, a New York Times correspondent reported that dozens had died en route.

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You may think you know Jane Bryant Quinn. If you're a longtime subscriber to NEWSWEEK, you've followed her wise financial advice for 25 years. You've read her syndicated columns and seen her ageless picture (she really is that ageless) in papers across the country.

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We don't do "Hollywood covers" very often, and we don't always get them right. In retrospect, we've done some that were pretty silly. ("Can a Movie Help Make a President?" was our line for the 1983 astronaut epic, "The Right Stuff." Within months the candidate in question, John Glenn, withdrew from the race.) We've also lived to regret putting a movie our reviewers didn't like on the cover because we thought it would have big box-office--and newsstand-- sales. (Remember "Pearl Harbor"?

Whites V. Blacks

IT WAS JUST AFTER 1 P.M. EAST COAST time last Tuesday, the moment when America stopped. At a small midtown Manhattan law firm, the managing, partner had invited the entire office to the conference room to watch the O.

Malcolm X

X ... X ... X ... X ... X / Now that Malcolm's dead ... / We all love Malcolm; / Malcolm's alive ... / Though His body's been Dead / Damn near Thirty Years Now ... / Yes ...

A Crisis Of Shattered Dreams

Decades of racial progress have given way to growing resentment on both sides of the color line. A look at what divides blacks and whites--and what might be done to bridge the gap On a Wednesday evening in early April, more than 100 blacks and Jews gathered at the Union United Methodist Church in Boston for an unusual Passover celebration.

Free!

In a high-stakes wager, de Klerk releases Mandela. Now the president and the prisoner face a tough negotiation for South Africa's future.