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GQ Magazine Political Correspondent and New York Magazine Contributing Editor — New York Magazine, GQ

Friendship. Character. Ethics. Political Correspondent @GQMagazine & Contributing Editor @NYMag.

Confessions of a Sanford Speechwriter Make the Best Politics Book Ever

gq.com — In 2007, Barton Swaim was an underemployed English Ph.D., shelving books at a university library in South Carolina, when he read a newspaper op-ed by his governor, Mark Sanford. Sanford's article began with a head-slapping analogy between the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the state budget process.
Jul 20, 2015

Never trust a politician - and other savvy pro tips from a political speechwriter. Great Q&A w/ @zengerle gqm.ag/1fZdRDh @GQMagazine

Jul 20, 2015

RT @geoffgagnon: Never trust a politician - and other savvy pro tips from a political speechwriter. Great Q&A w/ @zengerle http://t.co/L9yT…

The Mayor vs. the Mogul

politico.com — On November 5, 2014, Mike Bloomberg settled in front of a Bloomberg terminal, logged on with his “B-unit” biometric identity card and prepared to send an email to his employees. He’d been gone 12 years, balancing budgets at City Hall and reshaping New York on a grand scale.
Jun 21, 2015

Source describes Bloomberg Politics as a "brofest of white dudes" in the latest damning story for the news org: politico.com/magazine/story…

Jun 19, 2015

"The point is not for a cat to emerge. The point is for Mike Bloomberg to have cats in a bag." politico.com/magazine/story…

Jun 19, 2015

"Many employees describe Mike Bloomberg’s management style as putting 'cats in a bag' to see which will emerge alive" politico.com/magazine/story…

Jun 19, 2015

"The point is for Mike Bloomberg to have cats in a bag. Until they are all dead.” politico.com/magazine/story…

Waits and Measures

motherjones.com — Jim McCracken is in pain. Only 10 days removed from knee surgery, he's been on his feet for three hours, and his joint is throbbing; he's also more than 1,000 miles from home, stuck in Tulsa during a heat wave that will eventually prompt USDA Secretary Dan Glickman to declare parts of the state disaster areas.
Jun 03, 2015

RT @zengerle: I'm so honored to be chosen to moderate the Democratic presidential debate on metric conversion m.motherjones.com/politics/1999/… cc @anamariecox

Why Bad-Mouthing Rand Paul is Good for Business in the GOP

gq.com — That notable exception, of course, is Rand Paul-the Kentucky Senator who Graham frequently attacks as being soft on defense and out of step with the GOP, claiming that on security and foreign policy issues, Paul is "to the left of President Obama."

Jeb Bush, a Rich Politician with the Balls to Act Like It

gq.com — As The Boston Globe's Matt Viser reports, construction is underway on what planning documents call a "cottage" for Jeb on the Bush family's ancestral compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Of course, one man's cottage is another man's manse, and the 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 3,000-square-foot "Jeb Bush House" would seem to be the latter.
May 28, 2015

RT @GQMagazine: Why there's absolutely nothing wrong with Jeb Bush building a super fancy new vacation home gqm.ag/1Qapodz pic.twitter.com/9iShzKvGtE

May 28, 2015

"Cottage" is a word that means in practice the exact opposite of what it's supposed to mean. gqm.ag/1J8Sv0v via @zengerle

May 29, 2015

RT @GQMagazine: Jeb Bush might be a rich politician, but at least he's brave enough to act like one gqm.ag/1Qapodz pic.twitter.com/9iShzKvGtE

May 31, 2015

RT @GQMagazine: Sure, Jeb Bush might be a rich politician, but at least he's got the balls to act like one gqm.ag/1Qapodz pic.twitter.com/9iShzKvGtE

Why House of Cards Really Should've Been Set in Missouri

gq.com — It's damn near impossible to find a national political reporter who doesn't loathe House of Cards. Some despise it for its sexism. Others hate it for its tedium. Most of all, the political press corps can't stand the Netflix drama for its assumption of epic bad faith on the part of every person involved in politics.
May 20, 2015

"For all the death and lasciviousness in Missouri politics, there's also a backdrop of gluttony.“ gq.com/blogs/the-feed… #moleg

May 20, 2015

From @Zengerle, why House of Cards should be about Missouri pols: two suicides and a sexting scandal in one month gq.com/blogs/the-feed…

May 20, 2015

Why "House of Cards" Really Should've Been Set in Missouri gq.com/blogs/the-feed… via @gqmagazine

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You're Paying Ted Cruz's Salary So He Can Run For President

gq.com — A few weeks before Texas Senator Ted Cruz officially decided to seek a new job-that of President of the United States-Catherine Frazier had to quit hers. For the past two years, she'd been Cruz's Senate press secretary; now she was going to do the same job for his presidential campaign-which meant leaving the federal government payroll.
May 12, 2015

Private-sector candidates quit to run for prez, so how come elected officials hardly ever do?? @Zengerle examines: gq.com/blogs/the-feed…

May 12, 2015

RT @Devingo913: Private-sector candidates quit to run for prez, so how come elected officials hardly ever do?? @Zengerle examines: gq.com/blogs/the-feed…

Ben Carson on the Baltimore Protests: If You Wouldn't Protest a Bad Plumber, You Shouldn't Protest Police

gq.com — Before Ben Carson was a hero to Tea Partiers, he was a hero to African-Americans-nowhere more so than in his adopted hometown of Baltimore. When he wasn't in the operating room at Johns Hopkins, Carson, a retired Pediatric neurosurgeon, could often be found at Baltimore inner-city schools telling the remarkable story of how he rose from dire poverty to become a world-renowned doctor.
Apr 28, 2015

Ben Carson, SMH: "If you have an unpleasant experience with a plumber, do you declare a war on all plumbers?" gq.com/blogs/the-feed…

Apr 28, 2015

Ben Carson on Baltimore Protests: If You Wouldn't Protest a Bad Plumber, You Shouldn't Protest Police gq.com/blogs/the-feed… via @gqmagazine

Apr 28, 2015

The Ben-Carson-says-dumb-shit-tour continues: If You Wouldn't Protest a Bad Plumber, You Shouldn't Protest Police: gqm.ag/1Gt72PQ

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The Panic Over the D.C. Nerd Prom Is What Makes Washington Ridiculous

gq.com — Not that I was missing anything. The White House Correspondents' Dinner is the annual event that features the president telling his own lame jokes, and then sitting through a comedian (this year Cecily Strong will do the honors) making fun of him, while members of the press-who typically invite Hollywood celebrities and well-heeled advertisers as their guests-eat bad food and look at their watches waiting to get to the glamorous after-parties.

The Lost Love Letter Ted Cruz Wishes He Never Wrote

gq.com — For a gentleman painter currently whiling away his days in a ritzy Dallas neighborhood, George W. Bush casts a long shadow over the Republican presidential field.
Apr 20, 2015

I dug up a love letter Ted Cruz wrote to George W. Bush in 2004. That Cruz sounds different from today's Cruz: gq.com/blogs/the-feed…

Apr 20, 2015

RT @zengerle: I dug up a love letter Ted Cruz wrote to George W. Bush in 2004. That Cruz sounds different from today's Cruz: gq.com/blogs/the-feed…

Apr 20, 2015

RT @zengerle: I dug up a love letter Ted Cruz wrote to George W. Bush in 2004. That Cruz sounds different from today's Cruz: gq.com/blogs/the-feed…

Apr 20, 2015

RT @zengerle: I dug up a love letter Ted Cruz wrote to George W. Bush in 2004. That Cruz sounds different from today's Cruz: gq.com/blogs/the-feed…

Apr 20, 2015

Before his clever Tea Party days, Ted Cruz used to see things way differently. gqm.ag/1GcX9Le @GQMagazine

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Jul 28, 2015

"John Baeza, a 280-pound retired NYPD detective and Paul family loyalist" Note to self: get bigger family loyalists. politico.com/story/2015/07/…

Jul 07, 2015

I hope the organizer of the next Rehnquist clerks reunion dinner seats Ted Cruz and John Roberts at the same table. washingtonpost.com/politics/insid…

Jul 03, 2015

@tedfrank His HLS roommate (among others). I screwed up the wording. Shouldn't have written that he refused but that he voiced displeasure.

Jun 19, 2015

Pro tip: Don't skip your kid's last-day-of-camp ceremony for an interview since your source will of course flake.

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