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Ahmad Chalabi: Whose Con Man in Iraq? Readers responding to our May 31 cover story spread the blame around. One said, "Chalabi discredited: what a relief we finally got rid of the Pentagon's choice to be the Shah of Iraq." Another wrote, "If our incursion into Iraq proves anything, it's that Chalabi was smarter than Rummy, Cheney, Condi and, of course, Bush--combined.

D-Day's Real Lessons

In the first days of the Bush Restoration in 2001, Karl Rove, the new president's senior adviser and in-house history buff, was dining at the British Embassy in Washington with the then ambassador, Christopher Meyer.


We don't need a scientist or a study to tell us that there's a price to be paid for losing sleep. You sag after lunch, or just plain feel crummy. Remember when your parents shooed you to bed with "Because you need your sleep, that's why!"?


We don't need a scientist or a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine to tell us that there's a price to be paid for losing sleep. You sag after lunch, maybe get a little hypnotized by the centerline on the ride home or just plain feel crummy.

Reinventing The Mouse

G653 and LG747 are neighbors who eat alike, are equally active and have similar heart rates and temperaments. No wonder: as with most lab mice, their ancestors were inbred, making them genetically identical.

The Sounds Of Silence

Last month a United Way chapter in Florida disinvited the actress Susan Sarandon from a fund-raising luncheon at which she'd agreed to speak. This was scarcely surprising.

American Beat: My Best Friend, Joe

Hello, my name is Gersh and I'm a drug addict. And apparently, it's the best thing that ever happened to me.The drug, of course, is caffeine. And, according to a new book that I read one night last week when I couldn't sleep because I had been drinking too much coffee, caffeine is making me smarter, wittier, thinner, more productive, more fun at parties and (appearances to the contrary notwithstanding) sexier."Caffeine is a safe, almost magical tool for releasing our hidden potential,"...

Capitol Letter: The Mixed Blessing Of Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter's trip to Cuba this week reflects his belief that no dictator is beyond rehabilitation and that for democracy to take root in Cuba, U.S. foreign policy will have to change.Now that some of the luster is off President Bush's image as a war leader, Carter's words may prompt a long overdue debate on the value of continuing the U.S. economic stranglehold on the tiny island nation.

Beijing's Risky Game

The argument is constantly made that Beijing should be denied the 2008 Olympics because it suppresses its own people, is stirring up unhealthy and belligerent nationalist fervor and wants to become a monster power that will devour its neighbors.

The Golden Handcuffs

The argument is constantly made that Beijing should not be awarded the 2008 Olympics because the Chinese regime suppresses its own people, is stirring up unhealthy and belligerent nationalist fervor and is seeking to become a monster power that will devour its neighbors.

Not On The Reading List

Librarian Wendy Adamson likes to keep up with readers' interests. She knows who likes a good mystery novel and who prefers the latest romance yarn. But she draws the line at helping patrons indulge their sexual curiosity on the Internet. "One guy was really into bondage.

Secrets Of The Past

A seven-inch scar, hidden by a black toupee, explains Song Yongyi's lifelong obsession. For 30 years, the Chinese historian has been struggling to exorcise the painful memories of the Cultural Revolution, the decade of mass madness and factional fighting launched by Mao Zedong's Red Guards.

Autoimmune Disorders

Joann Anastasi never imagined that her body would betray her. At 51, she was a full-time hair stylist with plenty of extra energy for dancing and handicrafts. "I was always busy," she says. "I was a whirlwind." But all that changed when Anastasi began to feel sluggish and achy.

Be Like Mike? No, Missy

MISSY ELLIOT IS HAVING HER HAIR done. Sitting in the New York City hotel room that has been her home for months now, Elliot suppresses a yawn while her hairdresser sculpts her just-washed hair into glossy fingerwaves. ""I'm just tired,'' she says.

After Fen-Phen

MARGE FRIEL HAS NEVER had much luck with diets. ""I can lose weight,'' she says, ""but keeping it off is more difficult. I lose my moti-vation.'' Fen-phen changed that.

Building A Better Self-Image

WE ARE PAYING A TERRIBLE PRICE for our nation's inattention to the increasing stresses on children and families. Violence among teenagers, suicide and teen pregnancy are the obvious signals that our children are growing up with hidden anger and serf-destructive impulses.

Russian Roulette

EVEN BEFORE DELIRIOUS KIDS HAD FINISHED DANCING ON THE remains of the Berlin wall, the first certitude of the post-cold-war age emerged. It was the one thing we all knew immediately and absolutely: if it wasn't necessarily the end of History, it was at least the end of Economics.

A Pill To Help Dieters?

OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE HAVE KNOWN it all along: the mysterious gratification that comes from scarfing down something sweet or starchy, as if troubles were melting--temporarily--in the mouth.

Just Say Maybe

B-REAL HAD A QUESTION FOR HIS audience. As the stage lights went down at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kans., he stepped in front of a curtain bearing a giant marijuana leaf and asked, "What do you want?" It was a rhetorical question; B-Real and his musical group, the multimillion-selling Cypress Hill, have but a small handful of tricks in their bag, and the audience was already declaring its intentions. "I wanna get hiiiiigh," they chanted.

Rethinking Women's Bodies

EVERY MONTH, WOMEN WONDER WHY menstruation has to be such a mess. Margie Profet, 35, a self-described evolutionary biologist, wondered more than most. In 1988, she says, an early-morning dream gave her the answer: that menstrual bleeding was not merely the body's way of shedding the built-up uterine lining when no baby has been conceived.

On The Trail Of Lethal Dna

It's only May, but 1993 has already seen the discovery of genes for Huntington's disease and for Lou Gehrig's disease. Last week a team of 14 researchers announced the biggest prize yet: evidence of a gene for colon cancer, which kills 57,000 people in the United States every year and is the second leading cause of cancer death.

If You Don't Like Implants...

The prescription for preventing pregnancy has a lot in common with the instructions for getting pregnant: there's one basic idea, but as many variations as there are positions in the Kamasutra.