George W. Bush has been accused, in the words of his former anti-terrorism czar, of doing “a terrible job” of fighting terrorism-distracted by what Richard Clarke called a misadventure in Iraq and a feckless defense of the homeland. But Mr. Bush has done a fine task of fighting Mr. Clarke himself, the pistol-packing, media-savvy, double-breasted Read More
During the hollow hours after the death in Iraq of Michael Kelly, a Boston reporter got through to me and suggested that the key to Kelly’s editorial success at The Atlantic was his parallel role as a journalist. I asked the reporter to explain. He wondered if what distinguished Kelly’s leadership was his ability to Read More
Sam Donaldson is long gone from the White House beat, but as he watched President George W. Bush’s prime-time press conference on Thursday, March 6, the wild-browed shouter they nicknamed “Leather Lungs” itched. Mr. Donaldson-who, for all his booming caricature, didn’t hesitate to ask Ronald Reagan about Iran-contra or Bill Clinton about Juanita Broaddrick-winced as Read More
Mark Jackson leaned against his massive Ford Expedition on a recent afternoon outside the New York Knicks practice facility–a dismal, shadowy gym on a SUNY campus in Purchase. What team, the 36-year-old point guard and Brooklyn native was asked, do you fear most in the playoffs?
Mr. Jackson stared across the gym parking lot Read More