‘He Brutalized For You’

How did Donald Trump become Donald Trump? It seems infamous Joseph McCarthy henchman Roy Cohn had quite a bit to do with it. Kruse traces how Cohn became a mentor to Trump, and the impact the friendship had on Trump’s persona and tactics.

Source: Politico
Published: Apr 9, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,584 words)

The 24 Hours That (Maybe) Sank Chris Christie

The door is rapidly closing on Chris Christie’s chances as a presidential hopeful. Katz looks at what Bridgegate, Donald Trump, and the Dallas Cowboys have to do with it.

Author: Matt Katz
Source: Politico
Published: Oct 26, 2015
Length: 24 minutes (6,006 words)

The 4 Types of Supreme Court Justices

According to legal scholar Cass Sunstein, America’s Supreme Court justices can be divided into four categories: heroes, soldiers, minimalists, and mutes.

Source: Politico
Published: Oct 4, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1,966 words)

From Doubles Tennis to Internet Porn

Senator Ted Cruz remembers the year he spent clerking in the Supreme Court for then-Chief Justice Rehnquist.

Author: Ted Cruz
Source: Politico
Published: Jun 29, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2,900 words)

The Mayor vs. the Mogul

Deeply reported look at the power struggle inside Michael Bloomberg’s media business as he returns to lead it.

Source: Politico
Published: Jun 19, 2015
Length: 39 minutes (9,961 words)

How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons Program

Newly declassified documents help shed light on the Eisenhower-era story of how Israel hid their secret nuclear project in the Negev Desert.

Source: Politico
Published: Apr 15, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4,150 words)

A Letter from Black America

“My friends and I locked eyes in stunned silence. Between the four adults, we hold six degrees. Three of us are journalists. And not one of us had thought to call the police. We had not even considered it.
We also are all black. And without realizing it, in that moment, each of us had made a set of calculations, an instantaneous weighing of the pros and cons.”

Source: Politico
Published: Mar 1, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2,956 words)

The Hunting of Billie Holiday

How the Federal Bureau of Narcotics—an early predecessor of the Drug Enforcement Administration—targeted jazz, and Lady Day herself.

Source: Politico
Published: Jan 17, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,380 words)

The Green Monster

An investigation into how Border Patrol became America’s most out-of-control law enforcement agency.

Source: Politico
Published: Oct 30, 2014
Length: 44 minutes (11,152 words)

West Philadelphia, Reborn and Razed

Can a university step in where a city fell down? John Fry, the president of Drexel University, is out to prove just that.

Source: Politico
Published: Jul 13, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3,749 words)