Andrew Romano

Survivor, Republican Style

The GOP's royalty hates the party's many debates. They're wrong. Why the party desperately needs them.

Inside the Obama Machine

Team Obama has quietly built a juggernaut reelection machine in Chicago. Andrew Romano goes inside.

Crashing the Party

Hate all the presidential candidates? Use your browser to build a dream ticket.

Wanted: A New Messiah

Who best fits the radical mold of Reagan and FDR—and why can't we find them?

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…

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.