Newsweek May-22-15

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can hillary clinton move beyond benghazi?

On October 28, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan, for a three-day visit— without a headscarf. As the motorcade snaked through the city, Osama bin Laden was still hiding out with his wives less than an hour away, and Clinton was greeted with placards reading “Hillery [sic] Go Home.” Shortly after she landed, a car bomb exploded in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing more than 100, and scenes of carnage were broadcast along with her televised welcome. Traditionally when the boss rolls into town, U.S. embassies arrange a meeting with national leaders, a press conference and maybe a reception before escorting the secretary back to the tarmac. But Clinton had added a new duty: organizing the “Townterview.” These awkwardly nicknamed, often televised gatherings with vetted natives reprised the town…

paul shaffer: life after letterman

It might surprise you to learn that Paul Shaffer is a morning person. We associate him with late night television, where he has made being a sidekick a cool gig for over three decades. And because he leads a rock-and-roll band (in his hip shades and outrageous suits), and we assume rock musicians are out jamming all night (and they’re not known to be Boy Scouts), it is notable that he’s invited me to breakfast. To completely shatter the image, I can state with a high degree of confidence that Shaffer is pretty damn perky before his first cup of coffee. There he is, casually attired in black pants with many zippers and a plain black shirt, arranging a buffet for us from the nearby Gourmet Garage at his Manhattan apartment…

on the run from boko haram

“They forced us to kill, otherwise we would have been killed,” says Djibrine, a 12-year-old from eastern Chad who was sent with other boys from his village to northern Nigeria a year ago to study at a Koranic school. Soon after the boys arrived, armed men from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram attacked the village and his school. “They took all the young people and killed all the others,” Djibrine says. “They began putting horrible ideas into our heads. They told us all the others were infidels, so they either had to be converted or killed; they made promises of the paradise that we would reach,” says Djibrine. He and Djido Moussa, who is 14, are part of a group of 12 young Boko Haram fighters who managed to escape…

obama’s invasion of texas: when partisanship becomes an extreme sport

There was a time in modern history when the GOP was a party of ideas—agree with them or not, its leaders were dominated by smart people who assembled ideologically consistent policies based on facts, statistics and history. But, as Bruce Bartlett, a former senior policy analyst for Ronald Reagan, recently said, “Now it’s the party of crazy people, ignorant Tea Party people—people who know nothing and are proud of it.” Look at the lunacies from the last few years: President Barack Obama is a Muslim; Obama was taught to hate America by his Christian minister (don’t try to reconcile those first two); Obama engineered Hurricane Sandy with a secret military radio-wave system; Obama ordered $1 billion worth of coffins for federal detention camps; Obama faked the assassination of Osama bin Laden;…

two numbers: when cops take hostages

“People in Baltimore often refer to bails as ransoms because they're impossible to meet,” says Marci Tarrant Johnson, a public defender in Baltimore. That rang true for some of the 500 or so people arrested in the city during and after the recent rioting and protests following Freddie Gray’s death in police custody. While many were released without being charged because they couldn’t be processed in time, others had their bail set at what seemed like unusually high amounts. Johnson says bail for disorderly conduct was as much as $100,000, and it went up to $250,000 for some misdemeanor charges—even though bail hearings often are not even required in such cases. Allen Bullock, who was charged with destroying property and rioting, saw his bail set at $500,000. The 18-year-old turned himself in, at…

behind brazil's gay pride parades, a struggle with homophobic violence

“I was walking to the elevator when he came up behind me. ‘This’ll teach you to never look at a real man again. Now you’re going to die, faggot!’ he screamed, before stabbing me in the neck.” I’m talking to Rodrigo Mariano Miguel, a young man living in a small town on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil. He’s tall and thin, and despite the neck brace he’s wearing, he talks animatedly about what happened that day. The attack came in his apartment building, and he shows me the security video that captured everything. In it, you can see Miguel walking calmly into the complex. Moments later, his attacker rushes up behind him, brandishing a kitchen knife. The man stabs Miguel twice in the neck before running away. “When I got…