National Journal

Nearly every veep since 1976 has been the "most powerful ever."

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 National Journal's Jonathan Rauch writes movingly of a cousin, Bill, his partner, Mike, and a life-threatening illness: Having just been told, at 3 a.m., that his partner of three decades might die within hours, Mike Brittenback was told something else: Before rushing to Bill's side, he needed to collect and bring with him documents proving his medical power of attorney. This indignity, unheard-of in the world of heterosexual marriage, is a commonplace of American gay life. Frantic, Mike tore through the house but could not find the papers.

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I'm a little late coming to this, but for those who still have some appetite for the notorious John McCain-Vicki Iseman-New York Times triangle, National Journal published a piece yesterday telling Iseman's side of the story. (Iseman didn't cooperate with the original Times story, but, writes National Journal: "After the ... many critical press stories on McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Iseman says, she decided to break her silence.

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The Hero Myth

David Grann profiles then U.S. Republican Presidential candidate, John McCain.

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The Undertaker

"Let me begin," says White House aide David Dreyer, "by contesting the premises of your question." It's a windless evening in November, and Dreyer is in his West Wing office, listening to a new recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and defending the role of Tony Coelho, for whom Dreyer once worked, in the Democrats' electoral debacle. "First," he says, "Tony was not the party chair. He was never, to my knowledge, actually in the dnc building. Second, the role of party chair in a midterm election is relatively unimportant anyhow.

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