Washington Culture

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He Who Makes the Rules

The bureaucratic hell of enforcing legislation in Washington.

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Come On, Feel the Buzz

On Politico's brand of insider journalism.

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The Framing Wars

How “grand metaphors” drive politics.

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The Truth About the Fast and Furious Scandal

How, and why, the world got it wrong.

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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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Could This Time Have Been Different?

Retracing the early economic steps of the Obama administration.

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When the Boss Gets Busted: Survival Stories from the Front Lines of Political Scandal

Former Bob Ney, Mark Foley and William Jefferson underlings provide a street-level view of D.C. opprobrium.

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Maine senators may not like each other much, but they share love of state, job

A profile of Maine’s two U.S. senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

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How Bloomberg Does Business

A look at the legislative lobbying efforts of Michael Bloomberg’s $7 billion-per-year company. While the mayor has no specific day-to-day role at Bloomberg LP, he maintains “the type of involvement that he believes is consistent with his being the majority shareholder.”

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The Gentleman From Virginia

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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Return of the Republicans

“For the first time since the Civil War, the United States has a political party that is ideologically cohesive, disciplined, and determined to take power, even at the cost of disrupting the political system.”

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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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"We'll Never Eliminate Risk"

A interview with John Pistole, head of the TSA.

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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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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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Frat House for Jesus

Inside the C Street house in Washington and the little-known spiritual group behind it.

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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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The Empty Chamber

Why the U.S. Senate gets so little done.

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Show Him the Money

A profile of Tom Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the sixth-highest paid lobbyist in the country. Since Obama took office, Donohue has scared-up tens of millions in new donations.

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Regard the Scuttlebutt as True

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

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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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The Man the White House Wakes Up To

How the daily e-mail from Mike Allen, Politico’s star reporter, has become a morning ritual for Washington’s elite.