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Rolling Stone’s Biggest Scoops, Exposés and Controversies

Rolling Stone's Biggest Scoops, Exposés and Controversies

Photograph by John Lennon

Rolling Stone's first anniversary issue featured its first nude cover subjects: John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It was also the magazine's first issue to completely sell out on newsstands. Read "John and Yoko – Busted and Naked" from Issue 22 in All Access now.

Ohio Election Stolen

Ohio Election Stolen

George W. Bush's re-election in 2004 all came down to Ohio. Bush won the state (and thus the presidency) by nearly 119,000 votes, but in a Rolling Stone investigation, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. alleged that Republicans prevented more than 350,000 Democrats in the state from casting ballots.

The Great American Bubble Machine

The Great American Bubble Machine

When the American economy began tanking in 2008, nobody knew quite who to blame, but Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi argued that much of it was the doing of Goldman Sachs. "The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money," Taibbi wrote. "In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who's Who of Goldman Sachs graduates." Read "The Great American Bubble Machine" from Issue 1082 in All Access now.

Obama Criticized for Role in BP Oil Spill

Obama Criticized for Role in BP Oil Spill

A Democrat in the White House has never led to Rolling Stone laying off the executive branch. ?Like the attacks by Al Qaeda, the disaster in the Gulf was preceded by ample warnings — yet the administration had ignored them,? RS's Tim Dickinson wrote in Issue 1107. ?Instead of cracking down on MMS, as he had vowed to do even before taking office, Obama left in place many of the top officials who oversaw the agency's culture of corruption. He permitted it to rubber-stamp dangerous drilling operations by BP — a firm with the worst safety record of any oil company — with virtually no environmental safeguards, using industry-friendly regulations drafted during the Bush years." Read "The Spill, The Scandal and The President" from Issue 1107 in All Access now.

Runaway General

Runaway General

President Barack Obama relieved his top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, from duty after the military leader disparaged his bosses to Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings. The bombshell story led Obama to summon McChrystal to DC from the Middle East, and replace the general with David Petraeus. Read "The Runaway General" from Issue 1108-1109 now.

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