American Hallowe’en, 2020. Is there anything scarier?

As you read this, the last superpower on earth is three days out from an election that will decide whether Donald J. Trump, a reality show businessman who is $900 million in debt and facing investigation by federal and state authorities, deserves four…

Valerie Plame photographed in her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photos: Benjamin Rasmussen

Valerie Plame worked for the CIA and tangled with Bush. Now she wants to fight Trump from Congress.

Ten Thousand Waves Spa is a pagoda of Zen steam on the New Mexico high desert. Behind the sliding doors and walls of falling water, a photogenic blonde drops her robe and, backdropped by the flag-blue sky, slips into the 106-degree water of the women’s communal tub. No one seems…

Uncool, middle-aged white women are Democrats’ best hope for unseating Trump. Why does the online left hate them so much?

I am late to the Karens, which probably makes me Karen-ish — that is, white, middle class, middle-aged, female, college-educated, from Midwestern suburbia, and too distracted to track what’s trending on Twitter. So, when a video was retweeted into my feed last week calling an obnoxious, mask-defying white woman a…

Power Trip

The SCOTUS battle was never about Roe v. Wade. The real prize, as always, is money and the power to make more of it.

Photo by Tom Williams/AFP/Getty

NNow we know that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is not “sober as a judge.” His handlers might have preferred it otherwise. But if watching a rock-ribbed former wide receiver and cornerback snivel and sob for a chance at a lifetime job offended the sensibilities of a he-man worshipper like Senator Lindsey…

Nina Burleigh is on assignment with Newsweek in Antarctica.

It is still Earth, but Antarctica is an alien land. In his book Future of Life, Nobel-winning American biologist Edward O. Wilson wrote of Antarctica, “On all of the Earth, the McMurdo Dry Valleys most resemble the rubbled plains of Mars.”

Nina Burleigh is on assignment with Newsweek in Antarctica.

We have seen many whales around the Antarctic Peninsula in the last few days. Their great black backs rise up out of the freezing brine and disappear, sometimes followed by a tourist-pleasing flip of the tail, called a fluke.

It’s hard…

Nina Burleigh

Writer, explorer, national politics, 6 books, NYC.

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