Andrew Romano

Stories by Andrew Romano

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    Crashing the Party

    Hate all the presidential candidates? Use your browser to build a dream ticket.
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    Wanted: A New Messiah

    Who best fits the radical mold of Reagan and FDR—and why can’t we find them?
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    Can Mitt Make the Sale?

    Perry’s stumbling, the economy’s crumbling, Obama’s in freefall. All this could make it Mitt Romney’s moment. But…
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    Battle for Ground Zero

    A new novel Imagines the hysteria sparked by a Muslim-designed 9/11 memorial.
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    Commander in Chief

    The daring bin Laden raid is being billed as the new Obama. The truth is, he's been itching to pull this trigger all along.
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    The Democrats' Last, Best Hope

    Sen. Jon Tester hunts, farms, has seven fingers, and could well determine his party's fate in 2012. So why are they calling him a sellout?
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    From Wimp to Winner

    Obama outmaneuvers his opponents—and his allies—every time.
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    How Ignorant Are Americans?

    NEWSWEEK gave 1,000 Americans the U.S. Citizenship Test--38 percent failed. The country's future is imperiled by our ignorance.
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    2,405 Shot Dead Since Tucson

    Since the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, the number of Americans killed by guns has not let up. How a court ruling and Dick Cheney have given Obama a chance he should take.
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    You Call This a Republican?

    If Scott Brown survives the onslaught without losing his balance—or his cool—he will have a chance to live up to the legacy of the dogged, accomplished senator he replaced.
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    Palin Kills It in Gun Country

    Rocking the house at the Safari Club International annual convention, Sarah Palin warned Obama was out for their gun rights—and dangles a major hint about 2012.
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    The GOP's Obama Envy

    A batch of Republican governors are weighing a challenge to the president in 2012. So why are they sounding so much like him these days?
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    House Dems Adjust to Life Without Power

    As the GOP takes control of the House, Democratic big wheels get used to their reduced clout. Barney Frank, Henry Waxman, and others discuss their punchless new reality.
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    Cory Booker: Mayors Know How to Cooperate

    Newark’s Mayor has long been considered one of the most promising politicians of his generation. Now, with a $100 million education grant from Facebook, he’s hoping to become one of the most influential.
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    Democrats Have An Opportunity on Taxes

    The president struck a deal with the GOP to extend the Bush-era rates for the rich as well as the middle class. Why? Because Republicans refused to budge, and Obama was afraid of looking like a “typical” tax-hiking liberal.
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    The Legacy of John Lennon's Death

    ’Tis the season for John Lennon. The former Beatle had the misfortune of being murdered on Dec. 8, 1980, mere weeks after his 40th birthday, and so for the past few months we’ve had to endure a wearying deluge of documentaries, reissues, biopics, and exhibitions of the sort that only the twinned, round-number, life-bracketing anniversaries of an assassinated pop legend could possibly occasion.
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    What Obama Can Learn From Chris Christie

    You wouldn’t know it from looking at them, or hearing them talk, or hearing people talk about them, but Barack Obama and Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, have a lot in common.
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    Rick Perry Is ‘Fed Up’

    On Nov. 15, Rick Perry—who was just reelected governor of Texas after a decade in office—will release "Fed Up!," a book calling for a radically limited federal government.
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    The Anatomy of One Democrat's Loss

    What happened to Rep. Scott Murphy? In many ways, Murphy was 2010’s quintessential endangered Democrat, a centrist rookie in a rather Republican district who was swept into Washington during one of the left’s recent electoral routs. His loss says a lot about why the Democratic Party will soon have to surrender control of the House.
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    Why Dems and GOP Are Nostalgic for George W. Bush

    As far-right rookies like Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, and Ken Buck begin to arrive on Capitol Hill, as they’re expected to, both mainstream Republicans and Democrats will realize that, whatever their disagreements with him—real or fabricated—Dubya and his ilk would be far more constructive partners in governing than the new kids on the block.
  • The Story Behind the NEWSWEEK 50

    In the hypercommodified media culture of 2010, the most influential political figures are the ones who make the most money.
  • Can the Tea Party Really Cut Spending by 40 Percent?

    Tea Party candidates love to talk about fiscal austerity. They say that President Obama has been on a dangerous spending binge, and that only they have the fortitude and courage to stop him. But they rarely get specific about how, exactly, they intend to balance the budget. Thankfully, one candidate now has. The only problem? His specifics are bonkers.
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    How Tea Partiers Get the Constitution Wrong

    Tea Partiers engage with the Constitution in such a selective manner that they’re clearly relying on it more as an instrument of self--affirmation and political division than a source of policy inspiration. Welcome to the new culture war.
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    The Midterms: What 2012 GOP Hopefuls Want in 2010

    When GOP presidential hopefuls say they’re focused on helping the party win as many seats as possible in upcoming midterm elections, they’re not lying, per se. They’re just not telling the whole truth. In reality, the bigger priority for these ambitious politicians is figuring which 2010 outcome will put them in the best position for 2012. For some, that means a Tea Party wave; for others, precisely the opposite. According to experts from across the political spectrum, here’s what the 2012 contenders with the most at stake in this year’s races will be wishing for on Election Day:
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    Why We Need to Reimagine Masculinity

    To survive in a hostile world, guys need to embrace girly jobs and dirty diapers. Why it’s time to reimagine masculinity at work and at home.