Obama sips it. Paris Hilton loves it. Mary J. Blige won't sing without it. How did a plastic water bottle, imported from a military dictatorship thousands of miles away, become the epitome of cool?
- Hot Water
- Celebrities sighted with Fiji Water bottles.
- From Arrowhead to Volvic, Fiji's not the only bottled water with a PR challenge.
- How Far Did Voss and San Pellegrino Travel to My Whole Foods?
- We charted the miles per bottle for nine top water brands.
- Shock and Audit
Cost overruns, missed deadlines, fattened contractors, $296 billion wasted and counting: We dissect the latest defense budget so you don't have to.
- Still the Chosen One?
How a rift in the pro-Israel lobby—and a president determined to reform Middle East policy—could hobble the mighty AIPAC.
- The Spy Who Loved Hamas
When Western politicians want to talk to Hamas and Hezbollah on the down-low, Alastair Crooke can make it happen. But whom is the British ex-superspy really working for?
- The Sheikh Down
The shady side of the Sunni Awakening: how the Pentagon uses billions of your tax dollars to pay off local strongmen to keep the peace in Iraq.
- End of the Line
Used to be you could make a living working a factory job in Janesville, Wisconsin. Then GM went bust. Now the town is left to pick up the pieces.
- Enter Stage Right
GOP powerhouse Rep. Darrell Issa is taking a page right out of Henry Waxman's playbook. Watch out, Obama.
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The Encyclopedia Brown of Watergate; 300 years into the memory hole; vintage ads speak louder than words; the nonprofit that loves payday lenders; algae-fuel companies' false promise; high school military recruitment goes digital; the Army's arsenal of shooter games
MoJo Mini College Guide
- Our anti-U.S. News & World Report list of 10 cool schools you might actually be able to afford; the year's best feats of student activism; scholarships for Trekkies, duck callers, and duct-tape fashionistas
- Out of Service
- Government contractors outnumber civil servants 4-to-1 and control 70 percent of the intelligence budget. Can Obama stop the brain drain?
Lauren Sandler on the hue and cry over little girls' passion for pink; plus music (Vivian Girls, Wheedle's Groove, The Waitiki 7), books (Why Cant U Teach Me 2 Read?, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, A Paradise Built in Hell), and film (The Cove, Throw Down Your Heart) reviews.
- Welcome to the Jungle
- Filmmaker Joe Berlinger on his 16 years following the West Memphis Three, his Apocalypse Now moment, and Metallica's existential crisis
- The Retrovore's Dilemma
- Heirloom veggies are a gustatory trip down memory lane. But are some of them best forgotten?
Cover illustration by Henk Dawson