The School Shooting That Austin Forgot

“The anguish that has plagued the Murchison students presages the kind of long-tail trauma that many of today’s witnesses to shootings will be burdened with for the rest of their lives.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Mar 19, 2020
Length: 41 minutes (10,305 words)

How Donald Trump Set Off a Civil War Within the Right-Wing Media

The Republican nominee has divided conservative media commentators, hosts, and personalities, who either see Trump as the right candidate to shake up a corrupt establishment, or a “frightening” and “train wreck” of a choice.

Published: Sep 29, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,327 words)

Will the Pope Change the Vatican? Or Will the Vatican Change the Pope?

Pope Francis’s emphasis on serving the poor over enforcing doctrine has inspired both joy and anxiety in Roman Catholics, and the church establishment.

Published: Aug 19, 2015
Length: 21 minutes (5,350 words)

Opium Wars

A key step to securing peace will be to wean Afghan farmers off growing poppies. “This is a bad way to make money. It trains you for no other occupation. When a father feeds a boy with money from poppies, he will grow poppies too. He’ll have no other skill. We have no carpenters, no engineers, no mechanics. We have nothing.” With a sad smile, the farmer says, “It is a kind of cancer on our country.”

Published: Jan 18, 2011
Length: 19 minutes (4,760 words)

The Palin Network

His voice dripping with exasperation, the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said to me one July afternoon in his office: “If I would have told you that I could open up a Facebook account or a Twitter account, simply post quotes, and have the White House asked about those, and to have the entire White House press corps focused on your quote of the day on Facebook — that’s Sarah Palin. She tweets one thing, and all of a sudden you’ve got a room full of people that want to know. …”

Published: Nov 17, 2010
Length: 32 minutes (8,074 words)


You think your job sucks? Trade with Robert Gibbs. His boss is “methodical.” His workplace is hostile. His job is Sisyphean. And, everyone is blaming him for a communication problem that may hand Washington to the opposition. Inside the woeful world of the White House press secretary

Source: GQ
Published: Oct 26, 2010
Length: 21 minutes (5,305 words)

Razing Arizona

Deep in the desert Southwest, a battle is raging between an ex-maverick presidential nominee and a defeated congressman with a checkered history (and a penchant for bad jokes). In any other election cycle, this contest would be a laugher. But this year: Arizona’s voters are royally pissed! Robert Draper goes inside the most entertaining race of 2010

Source: GQ
Published: Aug 1, 2010
Length: 16 minutes (4,119 words)

Barack Obama’s Work in Progress

Over the past few years, we’ve gotten to know our president as a lot of different things: campaigner, lawyer, father, basketballer. But what if Obama’s first and truest calling—his desire to write—explains more about him than anything else?

Source: GQ
Published: Nov 1, 2009
Length: 13 minutes (3,386 words)

The Ultimate Obama Insider

It was about trust: if Valerie Jarrett told Barack Obama that something was the right thing to do, he would very likely do it.

Published: Jul 21, 2009
Length: 32 minutes (8,141 words)