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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.

How Is Ben Carson Tied With Trump? Here’s How

gq.com — The "Bad Lip Reading" videos are never kind to the politicians they lampoon, but the one devoted to the August 6 Republican presidential debate is especially brutal to one pol in particular: Ben Carson. In it, the pediatric neurosurgeon turned presidential candidate is portrayed as a soft-spoken, sleepy-seeming simpleton-one half Gary from Veep, the other half Lenny from Of Mice and Men.

Meet Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley

gq.com — Martin O'Malley was standing on a chair, shouting in a dark bar in Iowa City. He may have been nearly a thousand miles from Baltimore, but for him, that wasn't far enough. It was a stormy summer evening, and about 150 people had come to hear O'Malley make the case that he should be president-a case that had gotten frustratingly tricky.
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Here’s Why Joe Biden Has No Business Running for President

gq.com — In the last couple weeks, the prospects of a third Joe Biden for President campaign have gone from exceedingly long to increasingly likely. The progression started on August 1 with Maureen Dowd's bombshell revelation that, on his deathbed, Beau Biden had urged his father to run.
Aug 19, 2015

Jason Zengerle: "Here’s Why Joe Biden Has No Business Running for President" gq.com/story/joe-bide… via @GQMagazine

Carly Fiorina: Obama’s Rhetoric is Just as “Below the Belt” as Trump’s

gq.com — Carly Fiorina is having a moment. After dominating the GOP's kids-table debate last week, she's surging in the polls and is suddenly being treated as a serious contender for the nomination.

Ben Carson: The Tea Party's Great White House Hope

gq.com — On the night earlier this year that Barack Obama stepped before the nation to deliver his sixth State of the Union address, Ben Carson-a political newcomer who harbors dreams of soon giving his first-settled into a sofa just a few blocks away. He was eager to hate everything the president was about to say.

Why the Real GOP Race is Being Run Behind Closed Doors

gq.com — Political junkies, used to seeing the first primary debate as the Opening Day in presidential campaigns, might be giddy about Thursday's Republican debate in Cleveland, but the real action in the GOP primary occurred this past weekend at a luxury beach resort near Laguna Beach, California.
Aug 04, 2015

Here's @zengerle on why the real GOP race is happening behind closed doors, not on the debate stage: gq.com/story/gop-race…

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…

Jul 31, 2015

.@bartonswaim: "There's too much stress on covering something first, and too little on covering it well." gqm.ag/1fZdRDh

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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."
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Sep 01, 2015

Re-upping my profile of Ben Carson, whose surge in the polls seems to be flummoxing a lot of pundits gq.com/story/ben-cars…

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