Newsweek Oct-17-14

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beyond deep throat

In 2005, W. Mark Felt came forward in Vanity Fair to identify himself as journalism’s most famous secret source. The 91-year-old former FBI executive admitted—with a little push from his family—to being Deep Throat, the anonymous source whose information was vital to numerous scoops about the Watergate scandal written by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in 1972-73. A national guessing game that had been played for 31 years seemed over. Yet the arrival of Deep Throat in the flesh created new complications, as media scholar Matt Carlson observed in 2010. A stroke-afflicted Felt was unable to speak on his own behalf; simultaneously, “Woodstein” (as the reporting duo were known internally at the Post) could no longer dictate the terms for how to think about Deep Throat. Speculation persisted,…

‘you ready to step up?’

Anthony “Big Tony” Sherman is 22, with a baby on the way. He served two years in prison for selling cocaine before coming home to Hempstead, on New York’s Long Island, eight months ago. His first night back, he got his girlfriend pregnant. “Doctor said it’s a boy,” Tony says. “Going to be my prince. He’ll be nothing but blessed.” Tony is standing on the stoop of a rundown apartment building that serves as the Crips’ clubhouse while doubling as the primary location where the street gang sells and stashes its crack, powder cocaine and marijuana. He supervises The Shop—as the Crips’s main drug market is known—making sure its dealing crews throughout the area have enough coke and weed to meet the day’s demands. Shortly after sunrise, customers begin to arrive, eager…

one family, divided by isis

It is midnight during Ramadan and my two elderly aunts are preparing a meal, their evening disrupted by a stream of relatives coming to see me, my husband and two daughters. I had come to Germany from the United States to be reunited with a family I had not seen for two decades - 14 aunts and uncles and 60 near and distant cousins, the older generation part of the diaspora of six million people that fled Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion. With around 130,000 other Afghans, they settled here in the early Eighties, keen to maintain a bourgeois lifestyle and educate their children away from an oppressive regime. Yet here in her tidy Hamburg apartment, tensions are evident, newspaper headlines reflecting concerns about the spread of Islamic State and the…

how the cdc would combat an ebola outbreak, however unlikely

Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses on the planet: It kills about half of those it infects—and many more in some circumstances. According to the World Health Organization, a staggering 90 percent of people infected during the outbreak in Congo in 2003 died. The death toll from a major outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the U.S. would be appalling. And by all accounts, it’s a pretty awful way to die. That is why when the public recently learned a patient in the United States had been diagnosed with the deadly virus—and had spent several days outside of quarantine, to boot—low-level hysteria erupted. Twenty-seven percent of Americans are either “very worried” or “somewhat worried” that they or someone in their family will catch Ebola, according to a poll conducted…

wolf at the door

Twice in mid-September, Canadian and American fighter jets scrambled as a total of six Russian bombers flew near the North Pole, piercing in the process the jointly administered Canadian and American “air defense identification zone,” which rings North America and requires those who enter it to radio their destination. (The Russian aircraft did not do so.) Russian fighters now routinely buzz the Baltics and have also penetrated the airspace of Finland and Sweden. Earlier this summer, four Russian aircraft flew within 50 miles of the coast of California before veering off. As NATO forces conducted exercises in the Baltics last month, Moscow dispatched 24 warships into waters just off the coast of Lithuania. And in late September, all the way across the vast Russian landmass, Moscow began its biggest military exercises…

opinion: the apolitical supreme court is dead

I may have been America’s last holdout, but I’m finally ready to accept what everyone else seems to have acknowledged long ago: The concept of an apolitical judiciary—carefully interpreting laws, the Constitution and precedent with little thought of policy preferences—is dead. What we have instead are unelected super-legislators clothed in black robes who do handsprings to approve—or shoot down—public policy based on their political beliefs. There are judges who ground their rulings on logical, unbiased interpretations of our Constitution, our laws and our place in history, but for the most part, the ideal has been killed. And the primary perpetrators of this unforgivable assassination sit on the Supreme Court. This is not a question of liberal or conservative. There have been times when the court upheld policies I support with what I…