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jim jordan
WASHINGTON February 28, 2024
A timely conversation with Rep. Jim Jordan, the irascible House Republican leader, about the conference’s shifting red lines on the budget, the border, and funding for Ukraine.
Lachlan Murdoch arrives for the wedding of Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch at St. Brides Church on March 5, 2016, in London.
MEDIA February 14, 2024
John Matze, the ousted Parler founder, is back with a media platform designed to “promote conversation and civil debate”—and $5 million of funding courtesy of Fox Corp.
mike johnson
WASHINGTON February 7, 2024
The embattled House Speaker is enduring the lion’s share of Republican finger-pointing for yesterday’s humiliating, double-barreled legislative defeat. But as usual, there’s plenty of blame to go around.
donald trump border wall
WASHINGTON January 31, 2024
The real inside conversation in the House about the G.O.P.’s nihilistic decision to convert the border crisis from a legislative matter into a stump issue (and convenient Trump talking point).


There are several factors working in Mike Johnson’s favor.
WASHINGTON January 24, 2024
Inside the frazzled House Republican conference, a surprising new conventional wisdom is taking hold: Mike Johnson, despite his inability to appease MAGA hardliners, is achieving something like consensus that he’s become the least bad option.
Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) walks out of the West Wing with (from left to right) U.S. reps Mike Turner (R-AL), Mike Rogers (R-OH), and Mike McCaul (R-TX) on January 17, 2024, in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON January 18, 2024
Sure, the speaker kept the government open a few more weeks, but the guy is running out of friends in a town not known for them.
On Wednesday, when Speaker Mike Johnson walked his conference through the contours of his deal with Chuck Schumer, his right flank revolted.
WASHINGTON January 10, 2024
Congratulations, Speaker Mike Johnson: You’ve had this job for a couple months, you need to pass unpopular legislation with a one-vote margin, and now miscreants in your own party are already threatening that much-dreaded defenestration.
I wasn’t on the Tucker love/hate spectrum, myself, but as someone who’d worked for him and then moved on to more “mainstream” political reporting jobs at Vanity Fair, Politico and then Puck, I was fascinated with his metamorphosis.
WASHINGTON January 4, 2024
On the evolution of Tucker Carlson, from his startup origins to Fox News exile and his decision to go solo. Adapted from the forthcoming book ‘The MAGA Diaries.’


The fact that Republicans are still trying to find an impeachable offense speaks to the convoluted nature of the inquiry’s origins.
WASHINGTON December 28, 2023
Predictably, the multipronged Biden impeachment inquiry looks to be turning up duds. But the Republicans I talk to aren’t all that worried or embarrassed. This whole thing may have been less of a boobie trap than a dress rehearsal for giving the old man hell.
Speaker Mike Johnson can only afford to lose two votes next year if he wants to pass bills without relying on Democrats.
WASHINGTON December 20, 2023
As budget armageddon approaches and Ukraine funding runs out, Republicans on the Hill are increasingly divided about whether to force a compromise with Democrats, to ritually sacrifice Johnson, or to succumb to their own impossible purity tests.
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