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Newsweek 05/17/2019

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GLOBAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF _ Nancy Cooper CREATIVE DIRECTOR _ Michael Goesele EDITORIAL DIRECTOR _ Hank Gilman DEPUTY EDITOR (EUROPE + OPINION) _ Laura Davis MANAGING EDITOR _ Melissa Jewsbury SPECIAL PROJECTS EDITOR _ Fred Guterl EDITORIAL New York Bureau Chief _ Jason Le Miere London Bureau Chief _ Robert Galster Managing Editor, U.S. Operations _ David Magee Managing Editor, Trending News _ Maria Vultaggio Managing Editor, Newsweek NEXT _ Juliana Pignataro Senior Editors _ Mo Mozuch, Peter Carbonara, Meredith Wolf Schizer, Karin Roberts Deputy Editors _ Jen Glennon (Trending), Tara Chan (Politics) Associate Editors _ James Etherington-Smith, Hannah Osborne (Science), Dom Passantino, Harriet Sinclair (Politics) London Sub-Editor _ Hannah Partos Copy Chief _ Elizabeth Rhodes Ernst Senior Copy Editors _ Bruce Janicke, Joe Westerfield Copy Editors _ Marlaine Glicksman, Karin Halperin, Catherine Lowe Contributing Editor, Opinion _ Lee Habeeb Editorial Assistant _ Jason Pollack CREATIVE Director of Photography _ Diane Rice Contributing Art Director…

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the archives

1968 “Indiana was the first big turn on the primary track, and Robert Kennedy clearly popped out in front,” reported Newsweek as the 1968 Democratic presidential candidate swept the Hoosier State primary. “Could Bobby keep on winning?” the cover story asked, noting how Kennedy appeared to bridge traditional gaps between voter groups. “It’s a long time until August,” Kennedy acknowledged, but he wouldn’t make it to the Democratic Convention: Weeks later, he was shot and killed in Los Angeles, leaving the country reeling only two months after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. 1981 The differences between men and women have narrowed in recent decades, reported Newsweek. Physiological and hormonal distinctions between the sexes are “undeniable,” the story concluded, but “so small, relative to the possibilities open to them.” Even so, the issue is…

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civil serpants

Worshippers carry a statue of Saint Domenico di Sora draped with live snakes on May 1, during an annual procession through the streets of Cocullo, a small village in southern Italy. The festival is said to be one of the oldest (and most unusual) in Europe and based on the belief that the patron saint removed snakes from farmers’ fields around the turn of the 11th century. Snake catchers gather nonvenomous snakes for the faithful to place atop the statue in hopes of gaining protection for field workers against snakebites.…

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a black hole for stem women

AS VIRAL IMAGES GO, SCIENTISTS COULDN’T HAVE asked for a better one-two combo. On April 10, the first-ever image of a black hole and its burning ring of gas was seen around the world. Next came a different kind of caught-in-the-moment radiance—the overjoyed reaction of Katherine Bouman, whose algorithm played a role in the black hole’s capture. It was a good day for science, as well as for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). It was also, unfortunately, a rare day, with the black hole representing a troubling metaphor. That term might describe the experience of many girls who, despite their love of STEM, don’t receive the same encouragement that boys do. Often called the “leaky pipeline,” this problem grows during the high school years, when interest in STEM drops…

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talking points

“The letter’s a bit snitty, and I think it was probably written by one of his staff people.”—ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR TESTIFYING TO CONGRESS“I RESPECT WHAT HE’S DONE. IF IT EMPOWERS ANYBODY, THEN HE’S DOING A GOOD THING. SO YEAH, I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.”—SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS DRAFT PICK NICK BOSA ON COLIN KAEPERNICK, WHOM HE’D PREVIOUSLY CALLED A “CLOWN”“With His Passion, His Heart, The Way He Talked About His Love For Cinema And Black Folks I Could See John Would Make It Happen, And He Did.”—SPIKE LEE ON THE DEATH OF JOHN SINGLETON“To @jgauido, the National Assembly and all the freedom-loving people of Venezuela who are taking to the streets today in #operacionlibertad —Estamos con ustedes! We are with you!”—VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE“I WAS WORKING ON PULLING MYSELF DOWN AND…

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in venezuela’s economic crisis, bitcoin is a lifeline

@CallSaul42 BORN IN 2008 IN RESPONSE TO the global banking and credit crisis, bitcoin has found its “patient zero” a decade later in Venezuela. Faced with hyperinflation, a worthless local currency and a risky black market for dollars, Venezuelans are increasingly turning to bitcoin as a tool for survival in the world’s worst-performing economy. In most countries, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies still struggle for visibility and operate mainly within niche online circles of tech- or finance-savvy speculators and enthusiasts. But in Venezuela, brick-and-mortar retailers, including restaurants and shoe shops, invite customers to spend bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. As Venezuelans seek to skirt capital controls and a crumbling financial system, it is not difficult to see the appeal of a decentralized digital currency that can function beyond banks and any central authority. The location…