The Meaning of Michelle Obama (The Well / Cover Story)

She's beaten back criticism and caricature to become the most watched First Lady in a generation. An intimate look at how Michelle Obama is changing the White House — and America — forever


Seeking Shelter (The Well / Snapshot)

Some newly homeless Americans are moving into tent cities. This is one of them


Understanding America's Shift on Abortion

The folks at Gallup have announced that, for the first time, more Americans are pro-life than pro-choice. There are all kinds of ways to misunderstand what that means


Postcard from Ramallah (Postcard: Ramallah)

To Palestinians, the massive Israeli separation barrier is an eyesore and an insult. To graffiti artists, it's the world's biggest canvas. Painting the wall, one letter at a time

The CIA's Silent War in Pakistan (The Well / World)

In the fight against al-Qaeda, pilotless drones are redefining warfare. But they could be doing more harm than good





Twittering in Church, with the Pastor's O.K. (Life / Religion)

Instead of reminding worshippers to silence their cell phones, a small but growing number of churches across the country are encouraging people to integrate text-messaging into their relationship with God

How Stereotypes Defeat the Stereotyped (Life / Social Norms)

Even without the presence of overt racism, people who belong to stigmatized groups may be vulnerable enough to stereotypes that they thwart themselves


Is the President Green Enough? (The Well / Going Green)

New fuel-efficiency rules are a start, but Obama must take political risks for climate change


The Other GM (Global Business / Manufacturing)

The Detroit giant is trying to stave off bankruptcy in the U.S. — good thing business is booming in China

Flirting with Disaster (Global Business / Megacities)

Naples is chaotic, beautiful, ungovernable--and plans carefully for the worst

Suzy Welch on How to Make a Sound Decision (Also In This Issue)

Suzy Welch impulsively upended a marriage but offers measured advice for decision makers. How the guy up the street got rich. The mad scientists who blew up Wall Street


The Skimmer

Book Review: Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press by Eric Boehlert