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the archives

1984 As “the most widely touted and hotly debated tour of recent years” began, “Michael [Jackson] bestowed a benediction with a jab of his trademark sequined glove, and the crowd of 45,000 roared its appreciation,” declared Newsweek. “After months of confusion, controversy and sporadic outbursts of popular hysteria, often fanned by frenzied media coverage, the Jacksons’ [Victory] tour—billed as the most lucrative rock and roll roadshow ever mounted—was officially under way.” Over a decade after Jackson’s 2009 death, the image of the former “King of Pop” is tarnished by the stain of pedophilia. 1979 Newsweek outlined a plan to “reduce the U.S. dependence on imported oil” saying that “America cannot count on any single solution” and must include a combination of private markets, tradeoffs and flexibility. The havoc caused by the Colonial Pipeline…

poland takes center stage

UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRIME MINISTER Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland has taken a decidedly nationalist turn, winning high praise among many Western conservatives but scorn among some progressives. Like many of its peer countries in the Visegrad Group (an alliance of four countries in Central Europe) and the Three Seas Initiative (a coalition of 12 EU countries bordered by the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas), Poland sits at the crossroads of the Western European/German-centric hub of pro-European Union sentiment to the west and the broader umbrella of Vladimir Putin-led Russian influence to the east. Newsweek Opinion Editor Josh Hammer and Polish-American journalist Matthew Tyrmand sat down in Warsaw with Prime Minister Morawiecki on May 27. A member of the national conservative Law and Justice party, Morawiecki has served as prime minister of…

gop governors gear up

WHEN TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG Abbott announced plans for a crowdfunded Texas border wall to be jump-started with a $250 million infusion from the state budget, it was clear that he was taking aim at a perceived weakness by the Biden administration on immigration. But to many Republicans and political observers, the latest salvo in Abbott’s gubernatorial reelection campaign was also an unmistakable public signal that with uncertainty surrounding another Trump run, Abbott has presidential aspirations of his own. The moves thus far have involved beefing up the team around the governor, but with an eye on early primary contests. Abbott’s team members reached out to at least one Republican strategist in Iowa to consult on the governor’s race from afar, with the idea being that they would then have someone already in…

talking points

“First of all, I’m taller than her”—REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ ON BEING CALLED A "LITTLE COMMUNIST" BY REP. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE“IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, THERE IS ALSO AN ALTERNATIVE: LEAVE THE UNION.”—DUTCH PRIME MINISTER MARK RUTTE TO HUNGARIAN PRIME MINISTER VIKTOR ORBAN ON LGBT RIGHTS“I came here to do the two-way thing. That’s a big motivation for me, to try to prove to everyone I’m capable of that.”—LOS ANGELES ANGELS STAR PITCHER AND SLUGGER SHOHEI OHTANI“I didn’t like being told that I couldn’t do certain things or that I wasn’t capable of doing certain things. I was too small, not strong enough, not fast enough, you know, not tall enough.”—KEVIN HART“WE HAVE HOPE BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT OUR SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM TELLS US, THAT THEY HAVE HOPE.”—Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine…

social climbers

WHEN IT COMES TO social media impact, President Donald Trump was the undisputed king of the world. At his peak, Trump’s accounts had more than 88.8 million followers on Twitter and 32.8 million likes on Facebook—combined, more than any other world leader in office—and he knew how to use them. Six months ago, in the aftermath of the Capitol Riot on January 6 that Trump stood accused of stoking, both platforms put an end to his dominance, banning his main accounts for inciting violence. Twitter’s ban is permanent; Facebook’s will lift in 2023. Since then, Trump supporters have scrambled to keep their leader at the center of the social conversation in his absence, sharing every breathless statement from Mar-a-Lago as he gears up for a possible 2024 presidential run. Some have also…

rising stars

DAN BONGINO A former Secret Service agent who protected Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Bongino is now a pro-Trump pundit whose life’s purpose, as his Twitter bio says, is to “Own The Libs.” A fixture on Hannity’s Fox show and host of his own popular podcast, Bongino Report, Bongino, 46, didn’t have enough followers to crack the TrumpWorld top 20. Still, he is a major player on Facebook, regularly topping its trending charts, and is quickly establishing himself as a brightest star in conservative media. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE Greene, 47, is a far-right Republican congresswoman from Georgia who has openly touted discredited conspiracy theories, such as QAnon, and endorses Trump’s false claim that Biden stole the 2020 election. She is a prolific, disputatious user of social media, regularly taking aim at…