Tag: Politics

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David Gergen, Master of the Game

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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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail in '72

“One afternoon about three days ago the Editorial Enforcement Detail from the Rolling Stone office showed up at my door, with no warning, and loaded about 40 pounds of supplies into the room: two cases of Mexican beer, four quarts of gin, a dozen grapefruits, and enough speed to alter the outcome of six Super Bowls. There was also a big Selectric typewriter, two reams of paper, a face-cord of oak firewood and three tape recorders – in case the situation got so desperate that I might finally have to resort to verbal composition.”
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Operation Trump

Inside the most unorthodox campaign in political history.

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Insider Baseball

On the 1988 presidential election and 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.”
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Sheldon Adelson Bets It All

The inside story of the megadoner and the Chinese casino money flooding our elections.

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Ann Selzer Is the Best Pollster in Politics

The brains behind the uncannily accurate Des Moines Register poll.

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One Year, Two Races

Inside the Republican Party’s bizarre, tumultuous 2015.

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Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives

Inside the political battle over reproductive rights in Texas.

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Hack

Confessions of a presidential campaign reporter.

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Battleground America

On the insanity of U.S. gun laws.

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Crimetown, U.S.A.

The corruption of Congressman James Traficant.

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Reflections on Villaplane

A French soccer star's rise and fall from sports to cons to the Nazi Party.

"I watched, horrified, as she let Villaplane into her home, followed by three other men. I took aim, putting my finger on the trigger of my pistol. Then I remembered the Communist Party order not to assassinate individuals, and as the door closed, I ran to find my friends. It was too late: they had been arrested by the Brigade Nord-Africaine. An Arabic soldier pointed a gun at me, telling me to give up any weapons and join the others. My comrades and I were marched to a ditch and ordered to line up with our hands on our heads. I stood on the far right as three men in SS uniform marched into view."