What's new in the Economist, etc.

Summaries of what's in Time, Newsweek, etc.
Aug. 5 2005 4:22 PM

A Taxing Proposal

The New Republic's plan to reform Social Security, health care, and more.

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Odds and ends:U.S. News reports that U.S. officials seized almost 20,000 pounds of opium from the offices of Sher Muhammad Akhundzada, the governor of Afghanistan's Helmand province. "The seizure is by far the largest since the Drug Enforcement Administration returned to Afghanistan in 2002, says a senior U.S. official, and raises troubling questions about the ability of the Afghan government to crack down." "[A]re we fighting the wrong drug war?" asksNewsweek, which devotes its cover to the scourge of meth and notes that many local officials question why the Bush administration still puts so much emphasis on marijuana. Time's cover focuses on what it's like to be 13 years old. It reports that 60 percent of 13-year-olds don't believe in premarital sex, while 46 percent believe the United States will be a worse place to live when they reach their parents' age.—B.B.

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Correction, Aug. 4: This article, in reviewing Harper's magazine, originally and incorrectly cited a House judiciary committee report; the report was sponsored solely by the committee's Democrats. Return to the corrected item.

Bidisha Banerjee is the San Francisco-based co-author of a forthcoming Yale Climate and Energy Institute/Centre for International Governance Innovation report on scenario planning for solar radiation management. She is collaborating on a geoengineering game and has written about geoengineering governance for Slate and the Stanford Journal of Law, Science, and Policy.

Megan O'Connor is a Slate intern.

Laurel Wamsley, a former Slate intern, is a writer living in Washington, D.C.

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