Alec MacGillis
Senior Editor

Mitch McConnell Has A Fight (Or Two) On His Hands
August 05, 2013

MAYFIELD, Ky. – That Mitch McConnell really does have a reelection fight on his hands was apparent to me even before I got to Fancy Farm, the glorious western Kentucky combo of county fair and old-fashioned political hoedown.

Jeff Bezos Is Bad News: Why the Washington Post Should Worry
August 05, 2013

Sometime in the summer of 2009, back when I still worked as a reporter at The Washington Post, I found myself chatting over beers at the Post Pub, the unvarnished establishment cater-corner from the paper, with a business-side employee who mentioned

The Media's Shameful Role in the Phony IRS Scandal
August 02, 2013

Earlier this week, I noted that it was odd for conservatives to be lamenting that the IRS scandal had been allowed to slip away, when in fact they had won this whole round.

A Revealing New Look Inside the Nixon Bubble
July 31, 2013

Before there was Tammy Haddad prowling This Town with the camcorder, there was H.R. Haldeman roaming the White House with the Super 8.

Obama's Corporate Tax Reform Plan Is Short on Details
July 30, 2013

Ah, the rush of having the ear of the President of the United States. A few weeks ago, for the magazine’s package of suggestions for Barack Obama to resuscitate his second term, I wrote the following:

Why in the World Is Obama Going to an Amazon Warehouse?
July 29, 2013

Not long ago, Mac McClelland, a reporter for Mother Jones, spent a month working at a warehouse that handles shipping for the big online merchants.

Conservatives 'Won' the Phony IRS Scandal. And Democrats Helped Them.
July 29, 2013

If, like me, you are in that curious band of Americans who still faithfully read Peggy Noonan’s column, you know that she was back at it this past weekend with her latest idee fixe: the IRS scandal.

Obama Is Right to Mess With Texas
July 26, 2013

Pro-tip: When you win a big court case giving you the go-ahead to suppress voter turnout for your political opponents, don’t gloat about it.

What the Chris Christie-Rand Paul Ruckus Really Means
July 26, 2013

The political press is abuzz over what sure looks like one of the first clashes of the Republican Party's 2016 primary season.

Richard Florida Flip-Flops on Detroit
July 24, 2013

In the depths of the Great Recession, in the early spring of 2009, as the country was scrambling for ways to stop a seemingly bottomless plunge, the economic development guru Richard Florida weighed in with a high-profile prescription on the cover of