Politician Profiles

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On Silvio Berlusconi’s hedonism.

Berlusconi is Italy’s waning Hugh Hefner, alternately reviled and admired for his loyalty to his own appetites—except that he’s supposed to be running the country.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg, profiled.

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On JFK and the 1960 Democratic National Convention.

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One night in Newark with Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen.

“No one is beyond the reach of Bruce!” he screams over the noise of the crowd, and then screams it again, to make sure I understand: “No one is beyond the reach of Bruce!”

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“It’s 7:30 a.m., and already the congressman and I are covered in blood.”

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A profile of Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister.

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Marion Barry is running for reelection – and nobody cares.

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An examination of Mitt Romney’s record on abortion.

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A profile of Ron Paul.

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Reviewing Newt Gingrich as historian and intellectual.

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Promise kept.

But his greatest presidential stumbling block may be right under his nose. At home, Newt's second wife, Marianne Ginther Gingrich, tells me she doesn't see herself in the First Lady's job. "Watching Hillary has just been a horrible experience," commiserates Marianne. "Hillary sticking her neck out is not working." What happens if Newt runs?, I ask. "He can't do it without me," she replies. "I told him if I'm not in agreement, fine, it's easy" --she giggles at her naughtiness. "I just go on the air the next day, and I undermine everything..."
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Covering a presidential candidate and the people who cover presidential candidates aboard the press buses Bullshit 1 and Bullshit 2 on the 2000 John McCain campaign trail.

From The Longform Guide to the Campaign Trail on Slate.

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A profile of Rick Santorum published early in his final campaign for the U.S. Senate, a race widely considered a stepping stone to the White House before he lost.

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Frank rarely smiles, even when he’s being funny. “There are three lies politicians tell,” he told the real-estate group. “The first is ‘We ran against each other but are still good friends.’ That’s never true. The second is ‘I like campaigning.’ Anyone who tells you they like campaigning is either a liar or a sociopath. Then, there’s ‘I hate to say I told you so.’ ” He went on, “Everybody likes to say ‘I told you so.’ I have found personally that it is one of the few pleasures that improves with age. I can say ‘I told you so’ without taking a pill before, during, or after I do it.”
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On the post-shooting life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Whoever wants to enchant America’s conservative base as well as independents looking for a steady hand amid economic upheaval must try to grasp what has carried Cain this far — what not only shields him from spectacular attempts at self-immolation but also, with each incident, seems to make him stronger. Why, with this candidate, do the laws of physics seem not to apply?
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On the privilege of being then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.

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A profile of Elizabeth Warren.

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What makes Rick Perry run?

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On witnessing the transformation of George W. Bush over 25 years.

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Traveling with President Clinton.

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Notes from the campaign trail in Nevada with Ron Paul.

Part of Longform.org's guide to the 2012 GOP field at Slate.
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How Michelle Bachmann became a GOP front-runner.

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The first profile of Michele Bachmann.

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A profile of GOP hopeful Jon Huntsman.

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A profile of the up-and-coming New York politician, who at the time was toying with a run for mayor.

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A profile of Arnold Schwarzenegger written during his first year in office as Governor of California:

"You know, the thing I love about Mexican women is how furry their pussies are."

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During her brief tenure as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin was a genuinely effective, bipartisan legislator. What went wrong?

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On Hillary Clinton’s Arab Spring.

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A 12,000-word profile of recently departed Brazilian President Luiz Inácio da Silva, the “most successful politician of his time.”

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On the evolution of New Jersey’s governor.

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One of most popular Libyan figures amongst Western intellectuals and democracy advocates is… Qaddafi’s second son, Saif.

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A profile of Republican Eric Cantor: six-term congressman, new House majority leader, highest-ranking Jewish elected official in American history.

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A profile of then-First Lady Barbara Bush, published just before the 1992 presidential election. The lede: “Even Barbara Bush’s stepmother is afraid of her.”

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A profile of Mitch Landrieu, the first white mayor of New Orleans in nearly 30 years–part of a larger post-Katrina trend in the city’s politics. “The elected leadership looks almost like a photo negative of the pre-Katrina government.”

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A profile of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

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On the workings of Sarah Palin’s inner circle.

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A profile of Attorney General Eric Holder.

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A profile of embattled White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

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A report from Nevada, where an economy in crisis and a Tea Party upstart are threatening to topple Harry Reid, the most nationally powerful politician in the state’s history.

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A profile of Canadian politician Jamie Lee Hamilton.

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A profile of the perpetually disappointed Alec Baldwin.

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Not long ago, Rand Paul, opthalmologist and son of Ron, would have been written off as a wacky extremist. Thanks to his Dad and the Tea Partiers, he’s poised to become the most radical member of the U.S Senate.

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A profile of Joe Biden, whose political stock has continued to rise even as his boss’s falls.

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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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The surreal world of Sarah Palin and her road show.

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A profile of the man who helped invent the modern art of presidential spin and came to embody the blurry line between journalist and government official.

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How sex scandals have made Silvio Berlusconi even more powerful in Italy.

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A year after dozens died protesting his election and hundreds more were imprisoned, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad grants a rare interview to an American journalist.

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Pat Robertson was 29 years old, possessionless, and living in a Bed-Stuy brownstone when he announced that God had told him to buy a fledgling TV station in Virginia. Here’s what happened next.

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Sandinista, reverend, and president of the U.N. General Assembly.

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Is Mike Huckabee the GOP’s best hope in 2012? Mike Huckabee’s not so sure.

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The head of the Social Security Administration’s secret life as a respected poet.

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According to Lou Dobbs, we’re wrong about his stance on illegal immigrants, wrong about why he quit CNN, and wrong about his presidential aspirations. Well, we might actually be right about that last thing.