Robert Draper

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

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

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The GOP’s younger generation confronts its future.

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In the wake of revolution, Libyans envision their future.

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The dark art of presidential debate prep.

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

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On a 1955 ferris wheel accident.

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

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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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On the workings of Sarah Palin’s inner circle.

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A profile of embattled White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.