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The Neighborhood

When your whole life is destroyed, can anything ever be the same? Should it be? When the storm came, and nature reached right into New York City—Breezy Point, Queens—and leveled what had up to then been a hidden working-class beach paradise, it revealed both breathtaking instances of ordinary heroism, and the oldest impulses of the human heart.

Mar 2013
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The Martyrs of Sex

Enough! Enough of the childish delight with which we destroy ourselves and each other over who we choose to have sex with. Here’s a modest proposal: It’s well past time we grow up, stop the carnage, and enjoy sex the way God intended.

Feb 2013
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Trayvon

Lost in all the horrible politics surrounding his death is the story of a boy. Before he became yet another flash point in America’s painful and never-ending racial drama, Trayvon Martin was just a normal teenager. Here, at last, is the story of what was lost on that February night.

Dec 2012
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The Secret History of Paul Thomas Anderson

By refusing to comment on his past, Paul Thomas Anderson, America’s most distinctive director, has become a cypher, a man you know through the movies he creates. This is the inside story of how he got that way.

Oct 2008
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Keystone

Whether to build the international pipeline, designed to convey the Tar-sands oil from the massive deposits in Western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast for refining, has not only become an explosive issue in this year’s presidential election, it has become central to the debate over the future habitability of planet earth. A special report.

Sep 2012
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The Agony of the Massachusetts Republican

Two years ago, propelled by Tea Party rage, Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Today, he proudly proclaims he is the “second-most bipartisan member of the U. S. Senate.” But as he tries to survive a challenge in the most important Senate race of the year, will that be enough to save him from Elizabeth Warren?

Apr 2012
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Ron Paul: The Founding Father

He is a constant in a changing world, an emissary from an older America. A self-styled constitutional purist, he has for forty years been a voice in the wilderness. But now he has sparked a movement that has put him at the center of the struggle over what kind of country we want to be. But is America ready for his radical vision?

May 2011
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Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican

In the twelve years since he resigned in defeat and disgrace, he has been carefully plotting his return to power. As 2012 approaches, he has raised as much money as all of his potential rivals combined and sits atop the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. But just who is Newton Leroy Gingrich, really? An epic and bizarre story of American power in an unsettled age.

Sep 2010
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Richard Trumka, American

The American worker has been getting thrashed for thirty years. Jobs leaving the country, wages flat, his boss getting rich. One coal miner from Pennsylvania knows exactly what to do about it.

Nov 2011
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“There Is No Truth,” He Said.

The future of the written word, and the liberation of James Frey. With space aliens.

Nov 2011
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John Yoo: In His Own Words

Go inside John H. Richardson’s transcript of his interviews with John Yoo, author of “The Torture Memo.”

May 2008
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Is John Yoo a Monster?

The president asked John Yoo to define torture. He did it. Are Yoo’s “torture memos” one of the most heinous mistakes in American history—or could he have been right?

Jun 2008
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Mike Bloomberg Will Save Us from Ourselves If Only We Let Him

He’s liberal. He’s conservative. He’s idealistic. He’s pragmatic. He’s egalitarian. He’s the elite of the elite. He’s not running for president. But he just might consider a hostile takeover.

Jan 2011
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How Dean Kamen’s Magical Water Machine Could Save the World

The inventor of the Segway and more now has an idea worth tens of millions of lives. But no one cares. Tracking Lord Dumpling’s genius on his seceded island of geekery.

Nov 2008
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Joe Biden, Advisor in Chief

It wasn’t supposed to be this way for Joe Biden. President, maybe. And if not, at least he would remain an independent-as-hell senior senator. But vice-president? No way. Unless …

Jan 2009
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The Last Abortion Doctor

For thirty-six years, Warren Hern has been one of the few doctors in America to specialize in late abortions. George Tiller was another. And when Dr. Tiller was murdered that Sunday in church, Warren Hern became the only one left.

Aug 2009