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By Adam Frankel. This article appeared in print in the February 28, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. On January 20th, the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy’s Inauguration, a group of fifteen staffers who had worked in the Kennedy White House held a reunion at a local D.C. steak house. One of them was a secretary […]

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The brain behind Obama’s speeches

By Peter Nicholas. This article originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times. A president governs in prose, but every now and then some poetry slips through. Speaking in West Virginia after an explosion killed 29 coal miners, President Obama talked about the victims: “Most days they would emerge from the dark mine, squinting at the light. Most […]

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By Jeffrey Toobin. This article originally appeared in print in the May 12, 2008 issue of The New Yorker. There was a long pause before Ted Sorensen answered the door the other day at his apartment, on Central Park West. In chinos and a tennis shirt, he still had the trim physique that all the New Frontiersmen […]

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