Michael Isikoff

Obama Considers Commission on Bush Admin Torture

Despite the hopes of many human-rights advocates, the new Obama Justice Department is not likely to launch major new criminal probes of harsh interrogations and other alleged abuses by the Bush administration.

GOP Donors Respond to Palin's $150,000 Makeover

The disclosure that the Republican National Committee spent more than $150,000 on clothing and accessories for vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family set off recriminations among GOP officials—and, more important, party donors.

Palin's Troopergate: Not Over Yet

A new Alaska legislative report finding that Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power and violated state ethics laws spells new trouble for the McCain campaign. Special counsel Steve Branchflower's report could lead to fines or legislative action to censure Palin.

Controversy Over Obama's Small Donors

The Obama campaign has shattered all fund-raising records, raking in $458 million so far, with about half the bounty coming from donors who contribute $200 or less.

Freddie Mac Money Trail Catches Up With McCain

Few advisers in John McCain's inner circle inspire more loyalty from him than campaign manager Rick Davis. McCain and his wife, Cindy, credit the shrewd, and sometimes volatile, Republican insider with rescuing the campaign last year when it was out of money and on the verge of collapse.

Palin: The 'Troopergate' You Haven't Heard Of

Eleven years before the current investigation into her dismissal of Alaska's top cop, Sarah Palin was embroiled in a similar dispute over another personnel issue: her firing of the police chief in her hometown of Wasilla.

Palin and Alaska's Muslim Population

By Michael Isikoff Most Alaskans may seem excited about Gov. Sarah Palin's selection as John McCain's running mate. But there's at least one group of her constituents that has had a more subdued reaction: the state's Muslims.

Bushies Come to Palin's Aid

By Michael Isikoff The McCain team has hastily assembled a team of former Bush White House aides to tutor the vice-presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, on foreign-policy issues, to write her speeches and to begin preparing her for her all-important Oct. 2 debate against Sen.

Anthrax Case Against Ivins Wasn't a Slam Dunk

When the FBI publicly branded the late Dr. Bruce Ivins as the anthrax killer, it unsealed court affidavits suggesting a possible motive for the mailing to one target: NBC anchor Tom Brokaw.

A Final, Bizarre Twist in Capitol Anthrax Case

When the FBI was scrambling to unravel the 2001 anthrax attacks, one of the first scientists they turned to for help was Bruce E. Ivins, a veteran researcher at the U.S. Army bioweapons lab in Fort Detrick, Md.