The Economist is basically the weekly news magazine for smart people. (If you're not familiar with it, the Wikipedia article is a fair assessment.) I don't always agree with its editorial stance, but I always find it thought provoking. I have more than once had the experience of reading a story in the mainstream American press on a topic I was knowledgeable about, and finding that, for all the studiedly neutral tone, the article was promulgating an editorial stance by selective choice of facts.1 You will never find that in The Economist: they don't hide their opinions. You also won't find muddled writing, lengthy explanations of things you already know or could figure out from context, or sections devoted to celebrities or sports. You will find a clean, witty prose style that assumes an intelligent reader, and a remarkably high information density.
As you can tell, I'm a happy subscriber. They currently have a '2-issue trial subscription for three of your friends' offer. If you're interested, leave a comment with contact info . (Note: A viable way to do this and keep your info (at least mostly) private is to leave a comment and then delete it: I'll still get the comment in email.) I'll get in touch with the first three people to get your snail address.
1 Though certainly a much more common experience is to read such a story and realize the writer is totally clueless about the topic, and leaving their readers even more so.