I spent five days covering the Rim Fire for both Reuters and The New York Times as it became California’s sixth largest wildfire, burning (as of publication time) 255,858 acres. The fire spread into part of iconic Yosemite National Park, inspiring alarmist headlines along the lines of, “YOSEMITE IS BURNING!!!” Read more.
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Last September, during a break in presidential campaign coverage, The New York Times sent me to Fresno, California to work on a story by Adam Liptak about the advantages small-population states have over larger ones due to Senate representation. Read more.
A presidential inauguration is the epitome of choreographed political theater. Plenty of political theater is self-aggrandizing, but in this particular case, the theater serves a more important and humbling function, emphasizing the peaceful transition of power and respect for the democratic will of the American voter. It also serves to elevate the office of president above any individual who might hold that office.
Political conventions are the ultimate in spectacle. Politicians, party faithful, and the media show up by the thousands for what is essentially a circus act. Not much, if anything, substantial happens. Read more.