Evan Thomas

Raid and Reunion

'What's Happening?' As Last-Minute Talks Failed, Agents Smashed Through The Door, Seized Elián And Took Him To His Father. The Final Hours, A Terrifying Dawn In Little Havana - And What's Next

The End Of Innocence

It was way past a 6-year-old boy's normal bedtime, but for Elián González, nothing is normal. Deep into the night, sometime between 11 p.m. on Wednesday and 1:30 a.m.

The Elian Endgame

What does Elian Gonzalez make of all this? About once a day, the 6-year-old boy is trotted out before the cameramen who sit outside his house all day in beach chairs.

Senator Hothead

Of the 55 republicans in the U.S. Senate, only four support John McCain for president. Most of the rest--39 in all, with two more signing on last week--back George W.

The Woman By His Side

From middle distance, Cindy McCain seems shy, a little fragile, a suburban matron with a rich father and a degree from USC--"the University of Spoiled Children," her husband likes to tease.

The Future Of Terror

In many countries, when police want to clear the streets of any dangerous characters, they "round up the usual suspects" and put them in jail. In the United States, the FBI engages in a more discreet practice known as knock-and-talk.

Hard Of Hearing

In the 1998 movie "Enemy of the State," rogue operators from the supersecret National Security Agency (NSA; sometimes known as No Such Agency) assassinate a U.S. congressman who's trying to limit the NSA's electronic spooks' ability to listen in on ordinary Americans.

A Question Of Privacy

Technology is a two-edged sword. Rarely is this as clear as it is in the realm of health care. Technology allows doctors to test their patients for genetic defects--and then to turn around and spread the results throughout the world via the Internet.

The Burdens Of An Insider

James (Scotty) Reston, The New York Times's top Washington reporter from the 1940s through the '70s, personified a certain kind of journalist. He was a true insider, the sort of figure who referred to Washington as "this town" and picked up story tips in the lobby of the Metropolitan Club.

Trouble To The Right

It looked, for a moment, like a perfect opportunity for George W. Bush. Pat Buchanan, the pugnacious conservative, had suggested in a new book that the United States could have avoided fighting Nazi Germany in World War II.

The Path Of An Imperfect Storm

The more beautiful the eye of a hurricane, the more dangerous the storm. So when hurricane hunter Gerry McKim punched his plane through the seamless eight-mile-high wall of Hurricane Floyd on Saturday, Sept. 11, he instantly began worrying for the safety of his family back in Florida. "The eye wall was spectacular," said McKim. "It was perfectly round, and the storm walls were thick and muscular.

The Last Of His Kind

He had commanded the most savage war-fighting fleet ever assembled and vanquished the enemy. But now, on the eve of Japan's surrender, Adm. John McCain sat in his cabin, feeling sad and low. "I'm lost," he told one of his aides. "I don't know what to do.

Jfk Jr.'S Final Journey

Inside the church, the grief was real. Sen. Edward Kennedy's voice caught as he read his lovely eulogy, and when he was done, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg stood up and hugged him.

Living With The Myth

As a schoolboy, John F. Kennedy Jr. was playful, a prankster, a little hyperactive, and he liked to give the Secret Service the slip. One day, "Lark" (his Secret Service code name) eluded his guardians in Central Park and was promptly mugged by a thief who made off with his expensive Italian bicycle.

The Private Eleanor

The First Lady goes off on a driving trip, without Secret Service protection, with her alleged lesbian lover. Reporters finally catch up and give chase at high speed--shades of Diana--but the First Lady pulls over, takes out her knitting and calmly refuses to say where she is going.

Why Clinton Won

ON JAN. 5, TWO WEEKS after the House had impeached President Clinton, eight ranking senators--four Republicans and four Democrats--met privately in Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's hideaway office on the third floor of the Capitol.

The Ringmaster

DOWN A WINDING hallway in a basement in Queens, N.Y., Don Imus sits, chain-chewing Nicorette gum but otherwise perfectly still, in his windowless office stuffed with books.

At War In The Pentagon

THE MARINES WERE INDIGNANT. Assistant Secretary of the Army Sara Lister had been quoted saying that the ""marines are extremists. Wherever you have extremists, you've got some risks of total disconnections with society, and that's a little dangerous.'' Gen.

Who's In Charge Here?

To avert a military showdown, Russia cuts a deal with Iraq. Clinton is going along--for now. But will Saddam play by the rules? Behind the dance over oil, weapons and power.

Pool Parties In Camelot?

AFTER A TOUGH MORNING IN THE Oval Office, John F. Kennedy liked to take a dip in the White House pool. The purpose, according to early hagiographers, was to soothe the president's aching back.

Nixon Off The Record

For the first time, in newly transcribed tapes, hear how Nixon set up his own fall. It's 1971, and he wants dirt on the Democrats--even if it means burglary.

A Question Of Respect

DARYL JONES IS A HIGH FLIER. Valedictorian of his high school, he graduated from the Air Force Academy to become a fighter pilot. As a Florida state senator he is regarded as smooth and unflappable.

'Baby Jessica' Grows Up

THE TREE THEY PLANTED BY THE well where she almost died a decade ago has long since withered, and the flower bed is now a dirt patch. But the oil painting still hangs in the civic center: Baby Jessica, the golden-haired angel, held aloft by her rescuers.

The Mayor's Marriage

IMAGINE BEING MARRIED to Rudy Giuliani. In a metropolis of 8 million, he needs to show up anywhere two cameras are gathered; in a city that never sleeps, neither does he, according to his latest campaign ads.

At War In The Ranks

ROBERT DAVIS, A BLACK MAN, AND Katharine Laughton, a white woman, loved the U.S. Navy. One of 10 children in a family of modest means, Davis, 54, enlisted in the navy in 1960 and rose through the ranks to become a commander.

A Bare-Knuckled Brawl

AT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS Dinner last April, Gov. William Weld of Massachusetts happily and heedlessly told any number of the thousand or so journalists in attendance that he was going to be named ambassador to Mexico.