I've spent most of my adult life reading one or more of the major US news mags. An early favorite was Newsweek. I got used to it in a junior high civics class, and it remained my favorite through college. I later preferred Time, and my subscription followed me through my Marine Corps years. Even when deployed, Time was fresh because it was mailed from various worldwide printing plants according to my location. US News was barely on my radar, but in the last few years it didn't get as bad as quickly as the other two.
Now US News is gone and the other 2 are fading fast as they search for a new direction.
I've been aware of, and sometimes read a library or waiting room copy of "The Economist" for many years. It has generally been hard to read and boring, and in my opinion left to the better educated than me. I've changed my mind.
It has become, I think, the best remaining English language news magazine. For an American, it can be like getting the news of your college kids via other parents, but sometimes it can be useful to see our county's problems from a London perspective. It can be hard to read cover to cover, but I spend a few hours with it each week.
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