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Lenny Skutnik’s Convention  

Over the last several convention cycles, we have seen more and more everyday heroes and victims take the place of politicians on the center stage of national politics.

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Bill and Hillary: Biography as History  

What Hillary needed—and got—last night was a biography reboot. If Bill Clinton’s valentine to his wife was characteristically a bit windy, it deftly painted a picture of her as a lifelong progressive who gets things done.

Accentuating the Negative  

Last September, when the presidential race was close, Barack Obama tried to quell a flap in the news media over what he had intended as a routine jibe. “You can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama had said of the …

Reading the Candidates  

George W. Bush became president in part because people thought he was his father. This isn’t to say that people voted for the younger Bush because they expected he would continue the “kinder, gentler” conservatism the elder Bush had once …