John Kerry's Quiet Campaign Pays Off
December 22, 2012
Just like Susan Rice, Senator John Kerry was one of candidate Barack Obama’s earliest supporters, back when it was risky. The conventional wisdom was that Hillary Clinton was going to win and the people who had failed to join her would be left with tombstones for careers. (“A Clinton never forgets,” the terrified saying went.) Just like Rice, Kerry hoped for a certain, specific prize. For Rice it was national security advisor; for Kerry, secretary of state.
Susan Rice Isn’t Going Quietly
December 20, 2012
BY THE TIME Susan Rice withdrew her name from the running for secretary of state earlier this month, she had emerged in the media as one of Washington’s most nefarious personalities.
The Rise of Russia’s Gun Nuts
November 16, 2012
Maria Butina greeted her guests with a gun in her holster and her hands on her hips.
His Russian Lawyer Dead, A Former American Turns to Congress for Revenge
November 16, 2012
They killed his lawyer and wrecked his fortune. Now the man who renounced his American citizenship is turning to Congress for revenge on Russia.
In Soviet Russia, Storm Weathers You
October 31, 2012
As I sat stranded in a friend’s Manhattan apartment, watching nature make a mockery of my plans, I had a hard time tearing myself away from local Channel 4’s coverage of what New York's Governor has called “Sandy’s fury.” Sopping beachfronts were swarming with reporters barely able to stand in the wind; governors, mayors, and officials of all sorts were giving press conferences, detailing what was closed where, whom they’ve talked to and when, and what they’d done to manage the fallout of a historic storm.
Kremlin Tightens Screws, Unwittingly Loosens Bolts
October 18, 2012
The Kremlin cracks down on the Opposition Coordination Council, but it's only going to give the opposition greater legitimacy.
Is Pussy Riot Breaking Up?
October 10, 2012
Yes, the oldest member of the group was released from jail today. But don’t let that fool you.
Putin Turns 60, Russians Rejoice
October 03, 2012
The latest news from the Putin-is-ridiculous beat
What I Will (and Won't) Miss About Living in Moscow
September 24, 2012
Reminiscing about gypsy cabs, drinking, and overused emoticons as a writer prepares to move home from Russia.