Jonathan Darman

A Reluctant Rebel's Yell

Chuck Hagel wears pain on his face. The senior senator from Nebraska earned two Purple Hearts in Vietnam, where a mine blew out his eardrums and delivered a sharp burn up the left side of his head.

Mitt's Mission

Voters can't connect with a candidate they feel they don't know. Mitt Romney has to decide how much he wants to share.

How She Would Govern

Hillary Clinton has been in politics long enough to know the value of the word "change." In 1992, her husband's political guru, James Carville, hung a white sign in the Clinton campaign war room that read CHANGE VS.

Senator Craig's Straight Talk

The Idaho Republican defiantly proclaimed his heterosexuality to the press amid a political feeding frenzy over his guilty plea to charges of disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis airport men's room. Will his conservative constituents buy it?

Rudy's Southern Strategy

Contributed by Jonathan Darman and Arian Campo-FloresWhen Judi Giuliani referred to her "big testosterone-factor husband" in the pages of Harper's Bazaar in February, her remarks were widely ridiculed and seen as evidence that the former New York mayor's new wife might not be quite ready for prime time.

What Bloomberg's GOP Departure Means

Party affiliation has always been a fleeting thing for Michael Bloomberg. When the billionaire and lifelong Democrat ran as a Republican for mayor of New York City in 2001, his conversion had nothing to do with epiphany and everything to do with expediency (as the GOP candidate, he'd face an easier primary field and could spare himself the labyrinthine nominating process he'd face on the Democratic side).

The Real Rudy Giuliani: A Profile

Rudy Giuliani had been speaking for six minutes before anyone in the audience thought to clap, which was exactly the way he wanted it. Talking to a political crowd in North Spartanburg, S.C., last month, the former New York City mayor and 2008 presidential candidate was not there to excite but to warn; he was less interested in making political promises than he was in sketching out the perils we face.

Governor Romney, Meet Governor Romney

There is something a little too good to be true about Mitt Romney. The former governor of Massachusetts and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination is so buff and handsome in late middle age that when a brochure from a recent campaign showed him standing, bare-chested, on a swimming float, he was accused of sexually pandering to women voters.

I'm Real. Really.

In the fall of 2005, John Edwards sat down with a pad and pen and scrawled out three simple words: "I was wrong." It was nearly three years after he'd joined a Senate majority in voting to authorize war in Iraq.

At War With His Mouth

Joe Biden has spent a lifetime in the shadows of Democratic presidential candidates, wondering why the spotlight wasn't on him. The Delaware senator, now the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is perhaps his party's most senior statesman on foreign policy.

Mitt Romney

In late October, departing Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney huddled with a godly group. Gathered in his kitchen were 15 of the country's leading evangelicals, including giants like Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham and Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Iraq Primary

For a moment, at least, John McCain and Hillary Clinton shared a common cause. It was one week after the midterm elections. They were back in the Senate, back in their seats on the Armed Services Committee, back to venting about Iraq.

Behind Their Smiles

Like any newly elected congressman, Indiana's Brad Ellsworth has a lot to learn. Before he had even digested his victory over Republican incumbent John Hostettler last week, Ellsworth was poring over forms and factoids, shipped straight to Indiana from some new friends on Capitol Hill. "They're asking me what kind of BlackBerry I want," said a mildly exasperated Ellsworth. "I don't know what kind of BlackBerry I want.

Politics: The Sleepers

All politics is local, except when it isn't. Next week Americans will head to the polls with national and international issues on their minds. Chief among them: Iraq, the top issue for 29 percent of voters in the NEWSWEEK Poll (the largest percentage for any issue, followed by the economy at 21 percent).

Fast Chat: 'Nobody Wants Me'

When I designed ["The O'Reilly Factor"] in 1995, I never felt that I was going to be in the middle of a culture war. But [now], with the click of a mouse, you can get hyper-partisanship on the Internet.I don't get invited to parties.