Jonathan Alter

Ladies' Night

In an election season marked by voters' desire for outsider candidates, the true story of the primaries is the women who won.

Obama Takes Charge Before the Election

Barack Obama was more cunning than anyone knew. Obama wasn't much of a tennis player, but he mulled a tennis metaphor offered by a friend: his opponent was like one of those guys in white shorts running from the baseline to the net, then from sideline to sideline, all over the court trying to hit the ball.

Why Bayh Is Retiring

I'm not sure people realize just how much the failure of health care demoralized Evan Bayh. As I learned in reporting for my upcoming book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One, out in May, White House aides David Axelrod and Jim Messina visited the Senate just before the August recess last year and left feeling much better after hearing from Bayh.

Living With Cancer in America

I took the call on my cell phone at the Starbucks in New York's Penn Station. It was from a doctor I barely knew telling me that a CT scan—ordered after three weeks of worsening stomach pain—showed a large mass in my abdomen, with what she said was "considerable lymph node involvement." I rubbed my eyes and sensed the truth instantly: cancer, and not one that had been detected early.

The Other America

An Enduring Shame: Katrina Reminded Us, But The Problem Is Not New. Why A Rising Tide Of People Live In Poverty, Who They Are--And What We Can Do About It.

Time To Think About Torture

In this autumn of anger, even a liberal can find his thoughts turning to... torture. OK, not cattle prods or rubber hoses, at least not here in the United States, but something to jump-start the stalled investigation of the greatest crime in American history.

Rudy's Moment

The quintessential New Yorker, Mayor Giuliani has set the standard for crisis management: inspiring, emotional and as tough as ever. By Jonathan Alter