Robert Draper

15 articles
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Has the 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived?

Rand Paul as the movement’s Pearl Jam.

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Can Wendy Davis Have It All?

A tale of ambition, motherhood and political mythmaking in the race for governor of Texas.

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The Invisible Man

A profile of Cormac McCarthy–on the verge of fame.

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Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?

The GOP’s younger generation confronts its future.

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New Old Libya

In the wake of revolution, Libyans envision their future.

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They Retort, You Decide!

The dark art of presidential debate prep.

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The League of Dangerous Mapmakers

“Redistricting today has become the most insidious practice in American politics—a way, as the opportunistic machinations following the 2010 census make evident, for our elected leaders to entrench themselves in 435 impregnable garrisons from which they can maintain political power while avoiding demographic realities.”

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Building a Better Mitt Romney-Bot

On the strengths and limitations of the Republican frontrunner:

“The Mormon’s never going to win the who-do-you-want-to-have-a-beer-with contest,” concedes one adviser, while another acknowledges, “He’s never had the experience of sitting in a bar, and like, talking.”
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Rift in Paradise

On the battles, both between humans and animals, in Africa’s overpopulated Albertine Rift.

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Wheel in the Sky

On a 1955 ferris wheel accident.

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The Lost Girls of Rocky Mount

An investigation into serial killings in a small North Carolina city.

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Opium Wars

Stuck between the Taliban and the U.S. Military, Afghanistan’s farmers risk their lives both when they grow, and when they refuse to grow, fields of poppies.

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The Palin Network

On the workings of Sarah Palin’s inner circle.

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Hopeless

A profile of embattled White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.