It felt like fight night inside Holman's Methodist Church in South Los Angeles. Hundreds of surly teachers, furious and frustrated over their spurned demand for a double-digit pay raise, had packed the church just after Thanksgiving to blast the city's new school superintendent, Roy Romer.
Washington's premier power hostess brought the giants of politics, media and business together one last time today-to say a painful goodbye.Some 4,000 friends, relatives and Washington Post Company employees-including Vice President Dick Cheney, former President Bill Clinton, and a host of senators, governors, mayors, Supreme Court justices, former cabinet officials from both parties, and the cellist Yo-Yo Ma-packed the National Cathedral to celebrate the life of Katharine Graham, the longtime...
Being mayor of New York has got to be one of the four best jobs in the world, Michael Bloomberg is saying. The billionaire baron of media and finance goes on to list them, in no particular order: president of the United States (that one's taken), secretary-general of the United Nations (also taken), president of the World Bank (taken by a close friend, no less) and, finally, "the one Rudy Giuliani has." That job just happens to be coming open this year--which, from Bloomberg's perspective, is a...
Lock the doors, close the shades and take cover. It appears that John McCain and the NRA are headed for a high-noon showdown. In a letter sent late today to most congressmen and senators, the National Rifle Association's chief lobbyist, James Jay Baker, attacked Americans for Gun Safety, a new group that has been working closely with McCain to close the so-called gun-show loophole.
It's opening night at the Banshee, a new Irish pub in what used to be a deserted warehouse in downtown Scranton. At the polished cherry-wood bar, local pols and union reps sing along to a folk band playing "When the Breakers Go Back Full Time," a wistful tune from Pennsylvania coal-mining days.
The last time Michael McDermott got a break was last March, when a former co-worker offered to help get him a job at Edgewater Technology, an Internet consulting firm. "He was extremely bright and extremely personable," that colleague told NEWSWEEK. "I recommended him to the company." It was a fatal mistake.
You never know where a conversation with John Breaux is going next. One minute he's discussing George W. Bush, and then he remembers that when Bush recently called his mobile phone, Breaux was unloading garbage at a dump in suburban Washington. "I've had the White House call me at the trash dump," Breaux says, straight-faced, in his Louisiana drawl. "I do some of my best work there." This reminds him of the time his dog locked him out of his pickup truck at the dump by stepping on the automatic...
The wonderful thing about the U.S. Supreme Court--the reason it inspires such reverence--is its aversion to politics and chatter. Justices do not appear on "Meet the Press" or host "Saturday Night Live." Most of us, buying breakfast foods in the local Safeway, would be oblivious to a Justice Breyer or a Justice Kennedy standing next to us, filling a cart with Special K.
No one watching TV should be fooled by the genteel old capitol in Tallahassee, with its stately marble steps and candy-striped awnings. The real business these days gets done in the newer concrete tower next door, where partisan politics is played as hard as anywhere in the country.
By 4 p.m. on Election Day, Al Gore's emergency phone bank in Texas was calling thousands of Democrats in Palm Beach County, Fla. The ballot there was "confusing," the callers said. "Do you believe that you may have voted for the wrong candidate for president?" More than 2,000 people thought about it and said, yeah, they might have.
Before last week, Emilton Cortez didn't think much of Republicans. As part of a nightly focus group watching the convention, the 28-year-old Puerto Rican American scoffed at white delegates grooving to black pop singer Brian McKnight. (The focus group, conducted by GOP pollster Frank Luntz, was sponsored by MSNBC and yrock.com.) But then George W.
The Reform Party convention now unraveling here in Long Beach isn't just the only good theater of this election year--it's also a rare double feature.In the main hall of the convention center, supporters of Pat Buchanan are ready for Buchanan's stirring acceptance speech on Saturday.
Morning finds Max Kennedy aboard the towering aircraft carrier named after his Uncle John F. Kennedy, which has rumbled into Boston Harbor. "She's your ship," says the captain, rushing onto the main deck to greet RFK's ninth child, who is visiting with his wife and kids. "Make sure they show you everything." Kennedy tours the decks and poses for pictures with sailors.
Pat Buchanan is outraged that he'll be barred from the debate between Al Gore and George W. Bush if he wins the Reform Party nomination. "If we are excluded," he said recently, "then the American democracy is, in some sense, a fraud." There is, however, one man who's more than willing to debate Pitchfork Pat: John Hagelin, a quiet quantum physicist who champions the power of Transcendental Meditation.