Newsweek November 22, 2013

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america’s fukushima?

At Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery in Richland, Wash., you can feast on a “Reactor Core” pizza, made with “spicy nuclear butter,” wash it down with a Half-Life Hefeweizen or an Atomic Amber, and finish your meal with Plutonium Porter Chocolate Containment Cake. Later you might have at some pins at Atomic Bowl, the “Home of Nuclear Bowling,” or catch a Richland High School football game, the team’s name - Bombers - looming over the field, a mushroom cloud logo on the scoreboard. The town’s pervasive dark humor alludes to a darker past - and a troubling, radioactive present. The plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki came from what’s known today as the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, around which Richland grew and thrived. During the Cold War, Hanford churned out…

the killer stalking wall street

With the Dow registering an all-time high and the stock market crash of the fall of 2008 fast retreating in the rearview mirror, a new normal has descended on Wall Street. As business perks up a fresh spring is in the step of bankers and those working in the financial sector that hasn’t been seen for a long while. The deep wounds of the hard times of 2008 and 2009 appear to have healed. Optimism is in the air. After Twitter’s successful IPO, others in the tech sector - such as Spotify, Dropbox, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Scribd - are lining up to raise cash for further expansion, and there is a long line of buyers. Hedge funds are riding this optimistic wave. Daniel Loeb, the latest financial titan to make the headlines,…

time-travel tourism

In the spring of 1995, a small group of foreign journalists based in China packed their bags and jetted off for a rare trip to North Korea, a nation even more isolated at the time than it is now. Among them was my father, the Beijing correspondent for Time magazine, and my mother. When they returned, my father told me they had seen a unique and complicated country and that visiting North Korea felt like stepping back in time. He returned twice and began urging me to visit the “hermit kingdom” while I was in high school in nearby Beijing. But as a teen, the thought of spending my spring break in North Korea was about as appealing as -well, spending spring break in North Korea. Almost two decades later, my…

syria’s bloodshed engulfs beirut

The streets of Hamra, a busy Beirut district, are packed on Thursday nights. It’s the start of the Middle Eastern weekend, the time when friends meet at the cafes and coffee shops to celebrate the end of the workweek. The red and white Christmas lights - even though this is not a predominantly Christian neighborhood - have just gone up. Weekends are popular in Beirut. Hairdressers are full. Music and laughter blare out of car windows. Restaurants, despite an economic crisis, are packed. But after Tuesday’s twin suicide bombings that ripped through concrete walls of the Iranian Embassy in the southern suburbs, killing 23 people, including an Iranian diplomat, and wounding 146, there is a clear underlying tension. Suicide bombings in this part of the world usually trigger a retaliation. A day after the…

lara logan’s mystery man

Nobody at 60 Minutes has been fired or even publicly disciplined for its odd, inflammatory and dead-wrong November 10 story on the Islamist assault in Benghazi that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But it has apologized. That mea culpa, however, left some large and troubling questions unanswered; the most important one is how CBS’s superstar correspondent, Lara Logan, her producer and other network news executives let security contractor Dylan Davies on the air with his explosive tale about what he did and saw during that attack. While Davies was the central on-camera personality in that report, the most interesting figure in this mystery was never on screen, nor listed as a contributor to the piece. It is Logan’s husband, Joseph W. Burkett, a former Army sergeant and…

kentucky’s political derby

When the rollout of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act turned disastrous, Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican leader in the Senate, might be excused for suspecting divine intervention. Fighting for his political life - and the Senate seat he has held for 28 years - against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, currently Kentucky’s secretary of state, the embattled McConnell set to work using Obamacare to attack his opposition. “Anything short of full repeal leaves us with this monstrosity,” McConnell said at a press conference in Kentucky last week. “The question you should be asking [Grimes] is, are you for or against getting rid of it?” McConnell is one of many Republicans hoping to win in red states next year by campaigning against the troubled health care law. But it may not be the killer…