Today in profiles

You can read about Mayoral Hopeful Bill de Blasio as a Young Leftist in the New York Times, where Michael Paulson said, “Terrific piece by @HernandezJavier explores @deBlasioNYC's days as a young activist.” Charlie Gasparino from Fox Business called it, “More proof bill deblasio is to the left of david dinkin.” Josh Greenman at the New York Daily News said, “Obama just endorsed de Blasio. Maybe he read this?” Mark Lotto had other priorities: “VOTE FOR DE BLASIO HE AGREES THAT ‘SANDINISTA’ IS THE BEST CLASH ALBUM.” Justin Green with the Washington Examiner added, “Bill de Blasio was an active supporter of the Soviet backed Marxists in Nicaragua. Perfect for New York.”

In other profiles, the New Yorker has a look at Qassem Suleimani, the Middle East’s Most Powerful Operative. Silvia Killingsworth there said, “A Dexter Filkins whopper on Major General Qassem Suleimani, the ‘most powerful operative in the Middle East today.’” Colleague Nicholas Thompson called it, “A profile of the secretive, shady, powerful Iranian operative Qassem Suleimani. #longreads.” Dorsey Shaw from BuzzFeed said, “Qasem Soleimani is the most interesting operative in the world.” Jeffrey Goldberg with Bloomberg News said, “This Dexter Filkins piece on Qassem Suleimani makes you wonder just how powerful Rohani actually is.”

GQ calls Ted Cruz: The Distinguished Wacko Bird from Texas. Noam Scheiber with The New Republic suggested: “...read @zengerle's terrific profile of Ted Cruz in GQ.” J.K. Trotter at Gawker said, “Texas Senator Ted Cruz ‘refused to study with anyone who hadn’t been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale.’” Nikki Schwab from U.S. News & World Report tweeted: “GQ and Vogue both profiled Republicans in their October issues with @SenRandPaul in Vogue and now Ted Cruz in GQ.”

On the other side of the political spectrum, The New Republic’s Alec MacGillis explains How Doug Band drove a wedge through the Clinton dynasty. Noam Scheiber there pointed out that it’s a “Great political profile day. 1st check out @alecmacgillis on Clinton hanger-on.” Colleague Molly Redden wrote, “Bill Clinton has no credit cards. He just charms companions into buying him things he likes ... like Holly Golightly.”

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