How a team of 40 engineers helped reelect Barack Obama.
The White House
How Barack Obama decided to green-light the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
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.
How the former Bush advisor is “reengineering the practice of partisan money management in hopes of drumming Barack Obama out of the White House.”
On the complex nature of a presidential second term and what Obama would do if he wins one.
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.
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.
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.
Lessons learned about Washington from investigating how the “grand bargain” fell apart.
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.
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.
On the privilege of being then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.
Why has the White House ignored clemency petitions?
Retracing the early economic steps of the Obama administration.
On witnessing the transformation of George W. Bush over 25 years.
An ex-spook takes on the Warren Commission.
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.
The rise and dissolution of the magazine that nearly took down a president.
Inside Obama’s most glaring reversal.
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.”
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.”
Obama’s presidency may well be defined by whether or not he can curb unemployment. Step One: find a decent idea.
A quasi-oral history of the party that was JFK’s 1961 inauguration.
The story of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, written and published the following week.
A profile of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson, published at the height of the controversy.
Are we at war? The U.S. government’s evolving response to cyber security and its impact on privacy.
A profile of Joe Biden, whose political stock has continued to rise even as his boss’s falls.
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.
Frank Rich on The Promise, Jonathan Alter’s book about the first year of the Obama administration.
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.
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.
Today, Abraham Lincoln’s struggle with clinical depression would make him “unfit for office.” Back then, it was the key to his presidency.