Newspaperman at @washingtonpost writing a book on the bomb for @BlueRiderPress (summer 2016). Buffalo boy. The circus is either in town or it isn't.

Trump’s like the bully in the sandbox

By Dan Zak
iol.co.za — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump balances more than books; he balances grudges and favours, says Dan Zak. Washington - Donald John Trump, R-Spite, is like Vito Corleone crossed with an 8-year-old. If you've been good to him, he'll be good to you.

Donald Trump is running for the Spite House

By Dan Zak
washingtonpost.com — Donald John Trump (R-Spite) is like Vito Corleone crossed with an 8-year-old. If you've been good to him, he'll be good to you. If you have wronged him, or crossed him, he will throw food at you and then bury you like you wouldn't believe, understand?
Aug 18, 2015

I wrote about Donald Trump because that is what we do. wapo.st/1LiPBsY

Aug 19, 2015

WaPo does an entire takeout on #DonaldTrump's troll game, saying he's running for the "Spite House" (via @MrDanZak) washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl…

Aug 19, 2015

Trump is simultaneously brutish and infantile, which polls nowadays as “refreshing.” By @MrDanZak wpo.st/1VsV0

Woodward and Bernstein: Could the Web generation uncover a Watergate-type scandal?

By Dan Zak
washingtonpost.com — The gabby, gray-haired grand pooh-bahs of journalism sprang from the back flaps of their book jackets onto a real-life panel Tuesday afternoon in the air-conditioned guts of the Marriott Wardman Park, where the American Society of News Editors was holding its annual conference.
Aug 15, 2015

"The truth of what goes on is not on the Internet," Woodward said in 2012. Except, er, when it is: washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl…

Megyn Kelly on Santa, and dealing with critics

By Dan Zak
washingtonpost.com — After my profile of Megyn Kelly went to print last night, the Fox News anchor stirred up a little controversy - controversy that's still spinning on the hamster wheel of the Internet. On her 9 p.m. show "The Kelly File," she had a quadruple split-screen segment (four talking heads!)

Megyn Kelly, Fox News’s (quickly) budding star

By Dan Zak
washingtonpost.com — The anchor who might beat Bill O'Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her - Let me stop you right there.
Aug 07, 2015

Hey look my profile of #MegynKelly, who outsmarts everyone, one way or another: washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl… #MegynKellyDebateQuestions

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If Richard Nixon were alive today, this is how he would tweet

By Dan Zak
washingtonpost.com — I have a crush on a dead president. It started innocently on Twitter. As the White House Correspondents Dinner was unfolding last year, I clicked on the #WHCD hashtag to follow the fatuous horror in real time.
Jul 29, 2015

RT @dmataconis: My God. Richard Nixon on Twitter is exactly what we need today wapo.st/1LSbk9F

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The old suburban office park is the new American ghost town

By Dan Zak
washingtonpost.com — The shrubbery stirs in the breeze, which carries the odor of crushed asphalt. Yellow paint is chipping off the curbs. A single orange traffic cone sits in the revolving door that no longer revolves, at the front of an office building that's no longer an office. The building in North Bethesda has eight floors.
Jul 20, 2015

In which I use a pun involving a Barbra Streisand movie to provide subheds: washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl…

Jul 20, 2015

The old suburban office park is the new American ghost town via @washingtonpost wapo.st/1IeM7oF

Jul 20, 2015

Poor Thomas Jefferson gets blamed for the death of the suburban office park by @MrDanZak wpo.st/y9UR0

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U.N. nuclear conference collapses over WMD-free zone in the Middle East

By Dan Zak
washingtonpost.com — An attempt to strengthen and expand the world's premier arms-control treaty ended in failure here Friday as international delegations squabbled over a long-sought goal of establishing a ban on weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

The Leap Second: Why 2008 Seems Just a Little Longer

By Dan Zak
washingtonpost.com — This weary/manic/glorious/tragic/bizarre year will last one second longer than you think. As 2008 circles the drain, here comes the pithy news item about the "leap second." It's exactly what it sounds like. Tonight, timekeepers will slide an extra second into the world's clock. Tick tock tick tock TICK TOCK.
Jun 29, 2015

I once wrote about the leap second. It happens every now and then. Don't be weirdos about it. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content…

What’s it like to work for 60 years at the same place?

By Dan Zak
washingtonpost.com — Up at 5:30, out the door by 6, in his white Ford truck by 6:01. The odometer has 140,565 miles on it. On the lip of the tape deck, a cassette of the best of Lightnin' Hopkins. By 6:02 Charles Woodson, 78, is rolling toward the Woodley Park Towers, just as he's done for the past 60 years.
Jun 28, 2015

What's it like to work for 60 years at the same place? My profile of the maintenance chief at Woodley Park Towers: washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl…

Jun 28, 2015

RT @MrDanZak: What's it like to work for 60 years at the same place? My profile of the maintenance chief at Woodley Park Towers: washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl…

Jun 28, 2015

RT @MrDanZak: What's it like to work for 60 years at the same place? My profile of the maintenance chief at Woodley Park Towers: washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/styl…

Jun 29, 2015

How do you keep a job for 60 years? This man knows: Be irreplaceable. wpo.st/AMRO0

Jun 29, 2015

I wrote about a man who's worked in maintenance for 60 years at the same apartment building: wapo.st/1KplWxE pic.twitter.com/ZPH4bEGnYQ

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Aug 30, 2015

Replace the D and L in "Denali" with a B and Z, and then add a G and H, and you get "Benghazi."

Aug 30, 2015

Found an old tweet from August 2001: "Gabe is such bad news. Claire needs to move along."

Aug 30, 2015

Great reader comment: "This is a human story. The best among us learn. The worst among us judge." washingtonpost.com/sf/national/20… #Katrina

Aug 30, 2015

Whoa. There is an O. Henry vibe to this piece, especially at the end. wapo.st/1JE4nUI

Aug 29, 2015

Why it's the most disgusting, atrocious thing ever to happen in America. nytimes.com/2015/08/30/fas…

Aug 28, 2015

@stephenrodrick Don't tell that to the Brotherhood of the Macho Feature Writers.

Aug 28, 2015

It's 5 o'clock, pig. Time for a white wine and a cigarette.


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