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Remnick on the Ukraine; Lance Armstrong's doping regimen

Juliet Macur

David Remnick has posted an article about the upheaval in the Ukraine, and about Putin’s invasion of Crimea, at the New Yorker’s website. “Putin’s reaction exceeded our worst expectations. These next days and weeks in Ukraine are bound to be frightening, and worse.”

Yesterday, the Sports section of the New York Times ran an excerpt of sportswriter Juliet Macur’s new book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, which will be released this week. The excerpt states that by 1993, Armstrong was preparing for his races by using “the blood booster EPO, human growth hormone, blood thinners, amphetamines, cortisone, painkillers, and testosterone.” John Hendershot, whom Macur calls a “mad scientist,” administered these drugs and others to cyclists in groups, and likened it to having a “team dinner.”

In 2008, after the Lehman Brothers collapsed and the government had to bail out the American International Group, Amit Chatwani decided to stop writing his parodic Wall Street blog Leveraged Sell-Out. But now, after five years of silence, Chatwani’s blog is back.

The New Republic’s longtime literary editor, Leon Wieseltier, recently circulated a letter in which he called New Republic senior editor John Judis’s new book, Genesis: Truman, American Jews and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict, “shallow, derivative, tendentious, imprecise and sometimes risibly inaccurate.” Now, some are questioning whether the magazine’s owner, Chris Hughes, and its editor, Franklin Foer, have Wieseltier “under control.” “Is there an editor at the New Republic capable of preventing this kind of vicious anti-collegial invective?” Andrew Sullivan asked. “Not when it comes to Wieseltier, it seems. Chris Hughes and Frank Foer seem to answer to him, and not the other way round.”