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Barack Obama

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Did Hope Change?

A profile of Eric Holder.

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Ending College Sexual Assault

On the president’s campaign to crack down on campus rape.

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Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common Core

How an education reform effort became the new Obamacare.

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"Then I Saw Them Everywhere. Children’s Belongings Were Everywhere.”

How the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 rippled around the world, from the the battlefield of Ukraine to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to the White House.

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The Thin Red Line

Inside the White House debate over Syria.

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For President Obama, a Complex Calculus of Race and Politics

“His seeming ease belies the anxiety and emotion that advisers say he brings to his historic position: pride in what he has accomplished, determination to acquit himself well and intense frustration.”

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Bill & Hillary Forever

On the Clintons’ political future.

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The Hunt for "Geronimo"

How Barack Obama decided to green-light the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

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The Obama Mega Donor Who Got Lost In The Crowd

Meet Kareem Ahmed, the President’s reclusive bankroller.

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Slugfest

A tale-of-the-tape breakdown of the 2012 presidential debates.

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They Retort, You Decide!

The dark art of presidential debate prep.

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Fear of a Black President

The false promise and double standard of integration in the Obama era.

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Schmooze or Lose

The uncomfortable, and increasingly vital, relationship between Barack Obama and billionaire donors.

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Obama vs. Poverty

As a young community organizer in Chicago, Barack Obama concluded that to make a real difference, he needed to gain power. A look at how that plan has worked thus far.

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The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama

Drone strikes and their consequences.

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In Conversation: Spike Lee

The director on Obama, the state of black cinema, the Knicks, the Nets, the tragedy of public education in America, gentrified New York and why he lives on the Upper East Side.

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Getting Away with It

How Wall Street thoroughly dominated Obama’s economic policy.

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The Second Term

On the complex nature of a presidential second term and what Obama would do if he wins one.

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The Situation and the Story: Press Corps Parties While White House Makes History

On the last weekend of April 2011, two things happened in Washington D.C.: the annual White House Correspondents Dinner and the decision to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound. This is the story of how both transpired.

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Speaking in Tongues

A literary exploration of Obama’s voice.

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Obama vs. Boehner: Who Killed the Debt Deal?

Lessons learned about Washington from investigating how the “grand bargain” fell apart.

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How They Did It

The inside story of the Affordable Care Act.

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Obama, Explained

Taking the measure of the president, with a view to history.

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Barack and Hamid's Excellent Adventure

On the occasion of Hamid Karzai’s visit to the White House, a fever dream tour of the Afghanistan war through the eyes of the leaders who gave birth to its narrative.

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The Woman Who Knew Too Much

A profile of Elizabeth Warren.

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Inside Obama's War Room

Why the US intervened in Libya.

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Begging Your Pardon, President Obama!

Why has the White House ignored clemency petitions?

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Could This Time Have Been Different?

Retracing the early economic steps of the Obama administration.

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Woman of the World

On Hillary Clinton’s Arab Spring.

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Obama’s Young Mother Abroad

In 1967, Stanley Ann Dunham took her 6-year-old son, Barry, on an adventure to Indonesia. An excerpt from A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother.

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The Legacy of Malcolm X

As surely as 2008 was made possible by black people’s long fight to be publicly American, it was also made possible by those same Americans’ long fight to be publicly black. That latter fight belongs especially to one man, as does the sight of a first family bearing an African name. Barack Obama is the president. But it’s Malcolm X’s America.
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The White House Looks for Work

Obama’s presidency may well be defined by whether or not he can curb unemployment. Step One: find a decent idea.

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Obama’s Afghanistan Choice

According to this excerpt from Woodward’s Obama's Wars, the president’s military advisors gave him only one option: send an additional 40,000 troops. Obama pushed back.

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Give ’Em What They Want

A profile of Rahm Emanuel, written during his first congressional campaign in Illinois. Emanuel was running to fill the seat vacated by Rod Blagojevich.

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Washington, We Have a Problem

A day in the political life of Barack Obama.

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‘Why Has He Fallen Short?’

Frank Rich on The Promise, Jonathan Alter’s book about the first year of the Obama administration.

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Hack

The nihilistic confessions of a presidential campaign reporter who covered Giuliani, Huckabee, and Clinton for Newsweek.

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All the Obama 20-Somethings

Playing beer pong with David Axelrod—and other scenes from the lives of young, high-profile aides in the Obama White House.

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What Makes Barack Obama Run?

In 1995, the Chicago Reader profiled a little-known professor (and lawyer and philanthropist and author) who had decided to run for office to get back to his true passion: community organizing.

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Making It Look Easy at the New Yorker

David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, has written a new Obama biography expected to be a best-seller. His frugal streak has kept his staff intact. And yet, after a dozen years, he’s still the new guy at Condé Nast.