Suzanne Smalley

Immigrants Create More Jobs Than They Take

Lou Dobbs, take note: immigrants are good for our economy. The most skilled create jobs in technology and engineering, says Duke professor Vivek Wadhwa, who estimates that in 2005 immigrant-founded engineering and tech companies employed 450,000 people and generated $52 billion in sales.

High-Speed Rail Can't Replace Cars

President Obama set aside $8 billion for high-speed trains in the stimulus package, and Congress added another $1.2 billion. Yet many economists now say the costs of building a high-speed rail network far outstrip possible the benefits, especially when cars are becoming more energy-efficient.

How Do You Leave a Gang?

For many young guys trying to leave gangs, the pull of the old neighborhood is tough to resist. How do you let go—and stay gone? NEWSWEEK trailed two men who really want to figure that out for themselves.

Profile of Erick Erickson, Editor of

Erick Erickson, the editor of the influential conservative blog, knew he had arrived in politics two years ago when Tony Snow, the then White House press secretary, invited him to visit.

Profile of Politico Powerhouse Mike Allen

It's 5 a.m. and Mike Allen has already been awake for nearly two hours. The baby-faced, 44-year-old reporter for Politico, the Beltway-obsessed Web site, gets up each morning at about 3:30 to compile Mike Allen's Playbook, a daily, scoop-soaked breakfast in bed for about 12,000 of the country's most powerful people.

Cindy McCain Pays Back Taxes on San Diego Condo

When you're poor, it can be hard to pay the bills. When you're rich, it's hard to keep track of all the bills that need paying. It's a lesson Cindy McCain learned the hard way when NEWSWEEK raised questions about an overdue property-tax bill on a La Jolla, Calif., property owned by a trust that she oversees.

Addiction: Sobering Messages, Via Cell Phone

When Tyrone, 41, can't make his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, he relies on something else to help him stay sober: text messages. The daily recovery-themed messages from a company called I Live Inspired remind him to "look to my higher power for guidance, and accept life," he says, quoting a recent dispatch.