COVER: Hillary Clinton: "'I found my own voice.'" (p. 31). Editor Jon Meacham opens the cover package on the 2008 election by examining Hillary Clinton's dramatic comeback win in New Hampshire and whether the battle for the Democratic nomination is one that will be determined by the historically complicated issues of race and gender. Meacham writes that, "Torn is a tough word, but ... it aptly captures how many Americans, and not just Democrats, already feel about 2008. Some women are nursing guilt over supporting Obama; some African-Americans worry they are doing the wrong thing by voting for Clinton. And these are early days: we are only just beginning to grapple with the questions of race and gender that the campaign will raise again and again through November." The campaign now moving out of the largely white states of Iowa and New Hampshire to the rest of the country will soon mean that the politically engaged across America will be presented with the likelihood that a woman or an African-American will be the Democratic nominee and perhaps the president. And, as Clinton says, it's a good "problem" for America to have, he writes.
"'I Get a Little Wonky'" (p. 36). Meacham interviews Hillary Clinton about finding her own voice that led to her win in the New Hampshire primary. She also discussed issues that ranged from her childhood in suburban Park Ridge, Ill., to John Wesley, Reinhold Niebuhr, Martin Luther King Jr. and, of course, Barack Obama. "I get so focused on what I want to do as president that I get a little wonky. I get a little out there, with details, with five-point plans for this and 10-point plans for that, and I think that what I'm proposing really is both achievable and important, but it's not what gets me up, so why should it get voters excited?" Clinton says. "So I went back to listening, and to really engaging the voters, and just laid it all out there for them to make their judgments."
POLITICS: "The Incremental Revolutionary" (p. 39). Senior White House Correspondent Richard Wolffe and Chicago Correspondent Karen Springen report on the reality of Barack Obama's central claim as a candidate-that he is a change agent, a lifelong reformer who will heal Washington by bringing together feuding politicians of both parties-examining his voting record in the U.S. Senate and in the Illinois Senate.
"The Dirty War Moves South" (p. 43). Investigative Correspondents Michael Isikoff, Mark Hosenball and Editor-at-Large Evan Thomas report that 2008 promises to be a banner year for gutter politics and technology serves as a force multiplier for crude partisan passion. A Newsweek investigation suggests that political hit jobs are already rampant and likely to get worse. Some are done the old-fashioned way-anonymous fliers left on windshields or shoved under doors-and some, increasingly, by hard-to-track e-mails and automated phone calls.
INTERVIEW: "'I Could Outcampaign Anybody'" (p. 44). White House Correspondent Holly Bailey talks with John McCain on the campaign trail, two days after his New Hampshire primary win, about how he found his footing. "I feel great. One of the pivotal moments for me was over July 4 weekend. I was coming back from Iraq with Lindsey Graham, and I realized that I owed too much to those kids fighting over there to give up. It gave me gumption to stay in and fight for what I thought was right, no matter what political failure or defeat I might take ... I said at the time I could outcampaign anybody, and I think we did that in New Hampshire," McCain tells Newsweek.
LIVING POLITICS: "No Room for Rudy" (p. 46). Senior Political Correspondent Howard Fineman writes that, "Rudy Giuliani sees Florida as his Cape Canaveral: the launching pad for his better-later-than-never campaign." "But that's where the good news ends for Giuliani," Fineman writes. "Even if Florida might be congenial territory, the ideological lay of the land in his party is not. Of the three groups that compose the modern GOP-hawks, who want an aggressive foreign policy; evangelicals, who fret about family values, and tax cutters, who think government asphyxiates economic growth-Rudy has yet to find a home in one."
BETWEEN THE LINES: "Is Penn Mightier Than Axe?" (p. 49). Senior Editor and Columnist Jonathan Alter profiles the chief strategists for the Clinton and Obama campaigns. "Hillary's man Penn is a pollster by profession and the quintessential Beltway guy. Obama's 'Axe,' who has been with him since the early 1990s, is a hardheaded reformer who made his reputation as a media consultant with TV ads focused on character. Penn's weapon is his brain; Axelrod's is his gut," Alter writes. "I'm not a big believer in the idea of presidential candidates as creatures of their handlers ... But in an age of James Carville and Karl Rove, it helps to know a little something about the chief strategists in the candidates' corners."
BUSINESS: "The Economy Sucks. But Is It '92 Redux?" (p. 52). Senior Editor and Columnist Daniel Gross reports that America's faltering economy may be the deciding factor in the 2008 election. "Not since James Carville helped Bill Clinton take the White House 16 years ago by reminding him 'it's the economy, stupid,' has the nation's economic state played such a key role in a presidential campaign," Gross writes. "Today, the nation is perilously close to sliding into a recession." With Special Correspondent Ashley R. Harris and Los Angeles Bureau Chief Andrew Murr.
HEALTH FOR LIFE: "A Guide to Predicting Your Medical Future" (p. 59). General Editor Mary Carmichael and Correspondent Roxana Popescu offer a detailed guide to the medical exams you need, and those you can do without-in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond-in this installment of Newsweek's ongoing "Health for Life" series, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School. The package also looks at advances in personalized medicine-how your molecular structure means personalizing medicine for you.
BOOKS: "Death of a Nation"(p. 76). Senior Editor Malcolm Jones reviews "The Republic of Suffering," a new book on the Civil War. "The horrific Civil War body count, estimated at 620,000 dead, is a well-known statistic. Less familiar, but of no less importance, is what all that dying did to the populations north and south of the Mason-Dixon line during the war and for decades to come. It is that gap in our understanding that historian (and Harvard president) Drew Gilpin Faust so brilliantly addresses," Jones writes.
THE ARTS: "Lights, Camera, Austen"(p. 78). Senior Editor Cathleen McGuigan reviews "The Complete Jane Austen," a 10-week series of films based on all six novels airing on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre. "They have all the ingredients we've come to expect: lyrical landscapes and opulent country houses; star- crossed lovers tripped up by snobs, fools or connivers. But these new films also point to the perils of translating Austen to the screen," McGuigan writes.
TIP SHEET: "The Right Stuff" (p. 80). General Editor N'Gai Croal reports from the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on the latest and greatest gadgets that will change our lives.
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