Newsweek January 11, 2013

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I’m reading the first all-digital issue on my Mac and think I have the navigation figured out; it looks good! I read other publications online now, so the change was OK with me, although I understand the feelings of those who complained. In my case, the biggest plus is that, as a snowbird, I won’t have to send you change-of-address emails twice a year! Pris Miller, via email, Anacortes, Wash., and Ajo, Ariz. I was hesitant to try the new digital Newsweek, but one visit to the first issue completely won me over. I am a longtime Newsweek subscriber and will remain so. Jo-Ellen Spencer, via email, Oakland, Calif. I just got my first digital issue up and running on my Kindle, and it looks great! My only problem is, what will I read…

wish you were here

THIS IS what nostalgia looks like: It’s Jan. 9, and the Grand Ballroom of Washington’s storied Mayflower hotel has been decked out for the Richard Nixon Foundation’s centennial-birthday gala celebrating the late president, who would have turned 100 today. Reproductions of campaign posters and buttons trumpet slogans like “Had Enough? A vote for Nixon is a vote for change.” And “Nixon’s the one.” Towering screens in the corners of the hall show Nixon photos and quotes through the decades. Some 400 of the president’s kin, ex-staff, and enduring fans have powdered, coiffed, and stuffed themselves into their finest party duds, rendering the dining room a sea of dark suits, balding pates, sequins, and fiercely teased hair. Servers wheel out a massive birthday cake in the shape of Nixon’s boyhood home…

showbiz showdown

LIFE HASN’T been easy lately for Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. After winning the election with more than half the vote last year, the mercurial leader has hit a wall: her approval ratings have sagged to 39 percent, down from 69 percent a year ago. Last month a million people hit the streets in Buenos Aires, banging pots and pans in the classic Argentine rebuke to leaders who have fallen from favor. Her government narrowly missed earning a “red card”—a soccer term for a penalty for foul play—from the International Monetary Fund, essentially for cooking the books on inflation. She is at dagger point with the nation’s most powerful media empire, Clarín, her fiercest critic. And on a recent trip to Europe, the 59-year-old populist leader leased a private…

esther duflo

IN THE first week of January, most of America’s best-known economists were in San Diego, thronging the American Economic Association’s annual meeting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt resort. But one of the profession’s sharpest young economic minds, Esther Duflo, was off doing fieldwork in India. Duflo, 40, is enjoying quite a run. Born and raised in France, she arrived at the wave of development economists—people who are really bright and dedicated to theory, but are driven by improving the world around them.” Development economics has long been a contentious field tied up with geopolitics, ideology, and bitter, ego-driven feuds. Duflo and her colleagues have sought to defuse the dispute between what they call the “supply wallahs”—folks like Columbia’s Jeffrey Sachs who believe that the poor simply need more resources—and the “demand wallahs,”…

clean or green?

THE U.S. CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched the One and Only Campaign, an endeavor aimed not—as the name might suggest—at promoting marital monogamy, but rather at reducing the improper reuse of certain medical devices. By its estimate, well over 100,000 Americans in the last decade have been exposed to infections such as hepatitis and HIV because of unsafe injections, such as reused needles or vials of medicine that have been dipped into more than once. These exposures have resulted in dozens of increasingly wellpublicized outbreaks, such as the 21 cases of hepatitis C spread from one dialysis center in New Jersey. Indeed, the CDC now has a website to keep the public informed of the latest trouble. To limit possible risk, the CDC, in its new campaign, has…

planets, planets everywhere

TONIGHT, AFTER reading this article, you will never see the starry night sky in the same way again. Gazing at the splendor of the Milky Way galaxy, you will ask yourself, “Is anyone looking back?” It’s official: in our own celestial backyard, our galaxy holds 100 billion planets, a number beyond human comprehension. About half the stars in our galaxy have planets going around them; however, most of them are huge and unable to support life as we know it. But many—about 17 billion—are roughly the size of Earth. For the first time in history, we now have a “census” of the galaxy extrapolating from a sample: about one in six stars has Earth-size planets revolving around them. These are the astounding results from the Kepler satellite, announced this week at the…