The White House

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When the Nerds Go Marching In

How a team of 40 engineers helped reelect Barack Obama.

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What Might Have Been

A profile of George McGovern.

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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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Slugfest

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

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Joe Biden Isn't Finished

A profile of the vice president.

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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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Karl Rove: He's Back, Big Time

How the former Bush advisor is “reengineering the practice of partisan money management in hopes of drumming Barack Obama out of the White House.”

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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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40 Years After Watergate, Nixon Was Far Worse than We Thought

The Watergate reporters look back.

In the course of his five-and-a-half-year presidency, beginning in 1969, Nixon launched and managed five successive and overlapping wars — against the anti-Vietnam War movement, the news media, the Democrats, the justice system and, finally, against history itself. All reflected a mind-set and a pattern of behavior that were uniquely and pervasively Nixon’s: a willingness to disregard the law for political advantage, and a quest for dirt and secrets about his opponents as an organizing principle of his presidency.

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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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I Dated Monica Lewinsky

An artifact from the height of the uproar:

Behind the tawdriest of headlines, there's a woman I wouldn't mind bringing home to mom.

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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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Obama, Explained

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

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The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys And The Shrub

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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The Ally From Hell

Inside the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan:

The U.S. government has lied to itself, and to its citizens, about the nature and actions of successive Pakistani governments. Pakistani behavior over the past 20 years has rendered the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism effectively meaningless.

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Born to Run

On the privilege of being then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.

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The Woman Who Knew Too Much

A profile of Elizabeth Warren.

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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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Dubya and Me

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

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The Wanderer

Traveling with President Clinton.

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Enter the Cyber-Dragon

On a decade-long war:

Hackers from many countries have been exfiltrating—that is, stealing—intellectual property from American corporations and the U.S. government on a massive scale, and Chinese hackers are among the main culprits.

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The Life and Death of The American Spectator

The rise and dissolution of the magazine that nearly took down a president.

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Woman of the World

On Hillary Clinton’s Arab Spring.

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The Education of David Stockman

A newly minted, 34-year-old White House budget director gets a little too candid with a reporter profiling him during Ronald Reagan’s first year in office. Among Stockman’s many admissions: “None of us really understands what’s going on with all these numbers.”

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Barbara's Backlash

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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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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From That Day Forth

A quasi-oral history of the party that was JFK’s 1961 inauguration.

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"Damn Right," I Said

On George W. Bush’s memoir, Decision Points.

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Me Talk Presidential One Day

A Bush speechwriter tells all.

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The Assassination

The story of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, written and published the following week.

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Hope. Change. Reality.

A profile of Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Double Exposure

A profile of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson, published at the height of the controversy.

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Hopeless

A profile of embattled White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

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The Online Threat

Are we at war? The U.S. government’s evolving response to cyber security and its impact on privacy.

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The Salesman

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

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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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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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Washington's I.T. Guy

Carl Malamud is on a quest to change the way average citizens can interface with the government – by scanning its paperwork and making it available free online. And he’s financing his effort with his own credit cards.

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The Founders’ Great Mistake

The founding fathers deserve at least some of the blame for the worst presidencies in American history—they created an office that’s vaguely defined and ripe for abuse. Plus: how to fix it.

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Lincoln’s Great Depression

Today, Abraham Lincoln’s struggle with clinical depression would make him “unfit for office.” Back then, it was the key to his presidency.

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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.