COVER: "The O Team" (p. 20). Senior White House Correspondent RichardWolffe examines Barack Obama's campaign team, looking at the presidentialcandidate's leadership and management style and how they're all getting readyfor the coming mud war with John McCain and the Republicans. Obama's advisersinsist that the race will be about the big issues because there are starkcontrasts between the candidates over Iraq and the economy. They're also readyfor attacks from another "527" group, like the Swift Boat veterans who wentafter John Kerry in 2004. Kerry failed to quickly strike back. The Obama teamsays it will not make the same mistake. "You fight back aggressively and playjujitsu," says David Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager.
JONATHAN ALTER: "Now On to Florigan!" (p. 29). Senior Editor and ColumnistJonathan Alter writes that one of the hidden factors pushing superdelegatesaway from Hillary Clinton is "Florigan" or "Michida" -- "or whatever we shouldcall these scofflaw states that moved up their primaries in defiance of partyrules. Out of desperation, Hillary is putting all her chips on the injusticedone to Floridians and Michiganders, even though she said early in the processthat their votes 'shouldn't count.' Never mind the hypocrisy here." Theproblem for Hillary, Alter writes, is that party officials in the other 48states "don't give a rat's patootie about seating Florida and Michigan. Infact, they're angry at those states for jumping the line, then whining aboutit."
INTERVIEW: "After 60 Years, No Peace Yet" (p. 32). Special DiplomaticCorrespondent Lally Weymouth, on the 60th anniversary of Israel, interviewsIsraeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and PalestinianPrime Minister Salam Fayyad, who reflect on the history and future of Israel.
INTERNATIONAL: "A Curse From the Heavens" (p. 36). Beijing Bureau ChiefMelinda Liu opens this photo essay from Burma, which is still reeling from thedeadliest natural disaster in the country's history. Liu writes that the onething keeping many Burmese going is the hope that the cyclone that hit thedensely populated Irrawaddy Delta on May 2 just might signal the end ofBurma's military junta, one of the most corrupt and oppressive dictatorshipson earth.
CRIME: "'These Guys Had To Be Taken Down'" (p. 40). Special CorrespondentsJamie Reno and Dirk Johnson report on the drug raid at San Diego StateUniversity that netted four pounds of cocaine, 350 Ecstasy pills, 50 pounds ofmarijuana, 30 vials of hash oil, $60,000 in cash and two guns, one of themtaped to a bed frame. Among those arrested were 95 San Diego State students.The raid, which included crackdowns on several fraternities, came a year tothe day after the overdose death of Jenny Poliakoff, a 19-year-old student atSan Diego State. That tragedy triggered the undercover operation.
DRUGS: "Old Herb, New Controversy" (p. 41). Senior Writer Brian Braikerreports on the popularity of the drug salvia, also known as "Magic Mint" or"Sally-D." It is legal, for the time being, in most states. But with theproliferation of online companies that advertise and sell salvia-derivedproducts, it has caught on among young people looking for a new high. In smalldoses, salvia contains no known toxicities. But when its extract is smoked inlarger batches, it can yield frightening results.
HEALTH: "War on Wounds" (p. 44). Correspondent Anne Underwood reports onthe growing demand for regenerative medicine, mostly because of the wars inIraq and Afghanistan. The medicine is a grab bag of techniques that share thesame end-to repair human bodies by helping them regenerate living tissue,rather than relying on artificial parts. The military's need is enormous.Thanks to improved