‘The Dots Were All There. We Just Couldn’t Connect Them.’

A harrowing first-person account by one of the last Americans journalists to leave Moscow after Russia invaded Ukraine:

I closed the windows, turned off the water and gas. I snapped a few photos of my favorite room in the apartment — my study filled with books and art I’d collected over the decades…. I sat “for the road” — the Russian custom of pausing before a departure, sitting for a minute and saying a prayer. And then I took my last bags and my dog into the hall and closed the door on the life I’d lived for 44 years.

As I stepped outside, I looked back at the entryway. In the night, someone had scrawled black graffiti on the pale yellow wall. “Net voine,” it read: “No war.”

Good, I thought. My apartment house, where I’d lived so many decades of my life, was on the right side of history.

Source: Politico
Published: Mar 27, 2022
Length: 18 minutes (4,700 words)

The Battle to Save Waikiki Beach

“No longer are coastal cities arguing about whether warming poses a monumental threat, but about the best way to respond.”

Source: Politico
Published: Jan 28, 2022
Length: 17 minutes (4,465 words)

He Calls Himself the ‘American Sheriff.’ Whose Law Is He Following?

“Charismatic and ambitious, Mark Lamb embodies a new kind of Trump-era lawman.”

Source: Politico
Published: Oct 15, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,600 words)

‘What’s Covid?’ Why People at America’s Hardest-Partying Lake Are Not About to Get Vaccinated

“Like other places with low vaccination rates, there is a deep distrust of authority that exists among those at the Lake of the Ozarks. Politicians have agendas, the press loves controversy, even data can’t be believed. Some here cast hospitalization spikes as fictionalized. Others spin conspiracy theories about microchips.”

Source: Politico
Published: Jul 27, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,194 words)

Post-Covid America Isn’t Going to Be Anything Like the Roaring ’20s

“Hopes of a repeat of the post-influenza Roaring ’20s are understandable, but misunderstand the differences between then and now, says historian John M. Barry.”

Source: Politico
Published: Mar 18, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,016 words)

The Inside Story of Michigan’s Fake Voter Fraud Scandal

“How a state that was never in doubt became a ‘national embarrassment’ and a symbol of the Republican Party’s fealty to Donald Trump.”

Source: Politico
Published: Nov 24, 2020
Length: 29 minutes (7,400 words)

The Children of 9/11 Are About to Vote

Across the country, 13,238 Americans were born on September 11, 2001, and — come November — they will get to vote in a presidential election for the first time. For Politico, Garrett M. Graff interviewed these young adults about their views on 9/11, school shootings, the pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and the political and social landscape in the U.S.

Source: Politico
Published: Sep 11, 2020
Length: 38 minutes (9,596 words)

Lavish Parties, Greedy Pols and Panic Rooms: How the ‘Apple of Pot’ Collapsed

“MedMen was the country’s hottest pot startup—until it flamed out. Its fall has exposed the gap between “green rush” hype and the realities of a troubled industry.”

Source: Politico
Published: Jun 24, 2020
Length: 33 minutes (8,333 words)

The Massacre That Spawned the Alt-Right

Forty years ago, a gang of Klansmen and Nazis murdered five communists in broad daylight. America has never been the same.

Source: Politico
Published: Nov 3, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,700 words)

These 5 Places Tried Bold Political Experiments. Did They Work?

Five authors share takeaways from recent political experiments in five different countries: high government salaries in Singapore, gender quotas in Rwanda, compulsory voting in Australia, citizens’ assemblies in Ireland, and ranked-choice voting in the United States.

Source: Politico
Published: Sep 21, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,796 words)