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Joan Didion versus the boys on the bus:

American reporters “like” covering a presidential campaign (it gets them out on the road, it has balloons, it has music, it is viewed as a big story, one that leads to the respect of one’s peers, to the Sunday shows, to lecture fees and often to Washington), which is one reason why there has developed among those who do it so arresting an enthusiasm for overlooking the contradictions inherent in reporting that which occurs only in order to be reported.

Sunday, April 12

Thursday, April 9


Robby Mook Just Took the Hardest Job in Politics

Meet a man who could be called the “Hillaryland Whisperer.”

Tuesday, April 7


Meet The Weather Underground’s Bomb Guru

What led to the 1970 explosion of a Greenwich Village townhouse, in which three members of the Weather Underground were killed, and what happened to the group after.

Excerpted from Days of Rage.

Monday, April 6


Is Hillary Clinton Any Good at Running for President?

Maybe Clinton isn’t a “good candidate,” as political junkies like to say. But that might not matter in 2016.

Saturday, April 4


A Sense of Where You Are

Bill Bradley was a Rhodes scholar, a three-term U.S. Senator and a presidential candidate. But before all that, he was the best college basketball player in the country.

Friday, March 13


My Life as a Gay Congressman

“It took me 32 years to come out. This is what happened when I did.”

Monday, March 2


Nuns and Nuclear Security

For decades a group of radical Catholics, many of them nuns, have been keeping up the good fight against nuclear weapons.

Saturday, February 28


Could Running For President Destroy Ben Carson's Legacy?

Once a “folk hero,” Carson has become controversial. And his social conservative stances puzzle his former colleagues.

Monday, February 23


To Love and to Cherish

The love story behind the battle over gay marriage in Texas.

Friday, February 20


Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement Isn't Over Yet

The young people fighting for democracy will be back.

Friday, February 13


A Body for the Body Politic

President Lincoln worked very hard all his life. After he died, his corpse kept a gruelling travel schedule, too.