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Locavore Is for Food, Not Politics

If present trends continue and Republicans retake the House, blame should rest squarely on the shoulders of Democrats who followed Tip O'Neill's famous advice that "all politics is local." It isn't anymore. The only way for the Obama White House to have limited the damage would have been to nationalize the midterms. It's too late for that now.

Is Massive U.S. Aid Helping South Sudan?

The United States has a long tradition of helping distant strangers. But many Americans now question our ability to do good in faraway lands. Few places are more remote—and troubled—than this one.

Is Glenn Beck Running for Office?

Ask those who showed up at Glenn Beck's rally in Washington this weekend and they'll likely tell you that in their dream world, Beck would run for president. And he would do so on a ticket with Sarah Palin. Those two together would be unstoppable, you'd hear, and are the only pair who can, to borrow a phrase from Beck, "restore America."

How a Homeownership Fetish Hurt the American Dream

The question of what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—the two government-created enterprises that have backed massive loans to the housing market—involves much more than finance or real estate. It marks the end of an era. The relentless promotion of homeownership as the embodiment of the American dream has outlived its usefulness.

The Resurrection of Charlie Crist

Not long ago, Florida's governor seemed like a dead pol walking. Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio was thrashing him in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. Crist's 30-point lead had swung to a 30-point deficit; funding was drying up, as were endorsements. Now he's back, and ready to prove that centrists can win.

The Creativity Crisis

Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the "Torrance kids," a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly designed by professor E. Paul Torrance. Schwarzrock still vividly remembers the moment when a psychologist handed him a fire truck and asked, "How could you improve this toy to make it better and more fun to play with?"

New Russian Law Looks to Crack Down on Internet

On a recent visit to America, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent his first tweet, chatted to Steve Jobs about the iPhone, and tried to talk Cisco into investing in a new "innovation city" near Moscow. But at home in Russia the Internet is under attack.

Richard Florida: Rethinking Blue-Collar Jobs

Following the release of his latest tome, The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity, NEWSWEEK'S Nancy Cook asked Florida about his vision for "upgrading" the service economy. Excerpts:

Can Hayworth Beat McCain?

Can J. D. Hayworth─the former Arizona congressman turned talk-radio host who announced yesterday that he's running as the "consistent conservative" in the Grand Canyon State's 2010 Republican Senate primary─actually beat John McCain?

Heidi Montag: Why Her Plastic Surgery Disturbs Us

By the time she turned 21 in September 2007, MTV reality star Heidi Montag had already had a nose job, collagen lip injections, and implants that turned her A-cups into cantaloupe-round 32-Cs. There are many things wrong with this scenario, but here are the 11 things that disturbed us the most.

Is the Brain Like a Muscle, Really?

Back in 2007, Ashley and I reported on the science of praise for New York magazine, highlighting in particular the body of work by Dr. Carol Dweck. Dweck had done studies for over a decade – and we covered them all – including a brand new semester-long intervention that had been conducted with Lisa Blackwell at Life Sciences Secondary School in East Harlem.

How to Avoid the Soviet Mistakes in Afghanistan

Talk to Russian veterans of Afghanistan and it's hard not to think that they're rooting for the U.S. to lose. For these proud men, seeing NATO succeed at a job they botched would deepen the humiliation of defeat.

Why Being Green Can Be Good for Business

Can business save the planet? Champions of an environmental New Deal have often cast the corporation as the enemy in the struggle against global warming. But the more than 800 corporate leaders who've signed the -Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change argue the opposite line: the business community wants—and needs—an ambitious global agreement that will spur the creation of a low-carbon economy.