Selected stories of mine. Click the story's title to read it in full where it first appeared.
Cloak and Data: The Real Story Behind Cambridge Analytica’s Rise and Fall
The secretive data firm said it could move the minds of American voters. That wasn’t its real victory.
Mother Jones | May/June 2018
The Last Days of Jerry Brown
After more than 40 years in public life, 15 as governor of California, he is as combative and contradictory as ever—and still trying to save the world from itself.
The California Sunday Magazine | March 18, 2018
The EPA Hired a Major Republican Opposition Research Firm to Track Press Activity
It promises “war room” style media monitoring.
Mother Jones | December 15, 2017
The EPA’s Ties to a GOP Opposition Firm Go Far Beyond a PR Contract
Definers Corp. won a no-bid contract to monitor the media for the EPA. But the group’s founders are closely tied to Republican politics.
Mother Jones | December 19, 2017
Senators Want EPA to “Immediately” Cancel Contract With Republican Research Firm
“Everything about this contract looks bad.”
Mother Jones | December 19, 2017
Republican PR Firm Ends Controversial Contract With EPA
Definers says it will no longer pursue other federal contracts.
Mother Jones | December 19, 2017
Underwear of Uncertain Origin
On the strange afterlife of the goods we return to the store.
Pacific Standard | November 9, 2017
Ready for Trump TV? Inside Sinclair Broadcasting’s Plot to Take Over Your Local News
Its mix of terrorism alerts, right-wing commentary, and “classic propaganda” could soon reach three-quarters of US households.
Mother Jones | November/December 2017
The Quiet Crusader
How Tim Gill turned a $500 million fortune into the nation's most powerful force for LGBTQ rights
Rolling Stone | June 23, 2017
How a Crew of Hardliners Hijacked Donald Trump’s Cuba Policy
Trump is rolling back Barack Obama’s normalization efforts. Here's how it happened.
Mother Jones | June 16, 2017
Clean Up on Aisle Trump
White House counsel Don McGahn has the hardest job in Washington: keeping the president on the right side of the law.
Mother Jones | May/June 2017
Why Is Elizabeth Warren So Hard to Love?
With her populist proposals and fierce criticism of President Donald Trump, Senator Elizabeth Warren has become the new face of the Democratic Party and a favorite for the 2020 presidential race. So why are so many Massachusetts voters souring on her?
Boston magazine | April 2017
Trump Just Sold a $15.8 Million Condo to a Consultant Who Peddles Access to Powerful People
Meet the new owner of a Trump Park Avenue penthouse.
Mother Jones | February 27, 2017
Businesswoman Who Bought Trump Penthouse Is Connected to Chinese Intelligence Front Group
The president's company won't explain this $15.8 million deal.
Mother Jones | March 15, 2016
The Trump Organization Says It's Vetting Deals for Conflicts—But Refuses to Say How
A recent deal raises serious questions about the company's process.
Mother Jones | March 21, 2017
Inside the Democrats' Plan to Fight Trump
How progressives in Congress got over their election night disappointment and formed a strategy to fight back.
RollingStone.com | March 9, 2017
The Great Exception
California vs. Trump. Part One.
The California Sunday Magazine | January 17, 2016
How Trump Diagnosed American Politics
A hater repents—sort of—and gives thanks for the unorthodox candidate.
TheAtlantic.com | November 7, 2016
Gospel of the Climate Deniers
Why do Republicans still reject the science of global warming?
Rolling Stone | November 3, 2016
The Billionaire Creator of the Power Rangers Has Invested Millions in Hillary Clinton. So What Does He Want?
Haim Saban's not-so-secret agenda.
Mother Jones | November/December 2016
Terry McAuliffe Wants to Prove He’s Not a Crony. But First He Has to Get Hillary Elected.
Washingtonian Magazine | September 6, 2016
In liberal Hollywood, Republicans have formed one of the industry’s most influential (and most discreet) political organizations.
The California Sunday Magazine | May 19, 2016
Trump at War
How the military is preparing for the possibility of a very different kind of commander in chief.
Huffington Post Highline | April 25, 2016
Death and Politics: Did a Vicious Campaign Drive a Candidate to Suicide?
A Republican kingmaker, Ted Cruz's campaign manager and questions of faith hounded an "anti-corruption" crusader until his tragic end.
Rolling Stone | February 26, 2016
Ted Cruz's Howitzer
Equal parts drill sergeant, data junkie, brawler, and entrepreneur, Jeff Roe will do anything to win. Just watch.
The New Republic | January 20, 2016
The Endless Trial of Trey Gowdy's Benghazi Committee
Twenty months, $5 million, and one Michael Bay movie later, the GOP's Hillary slayer is still searching for answers.
Rolling Stone | January 14, 2016
The Bernie Revolution: What’s so appealing about a grumpy 74-year-old?
On the road with the Sanderistas.
Yahoo! News | December 3, 2015
The Chairwoman Who’s At War With Her Own Agency
Ann Ravel says the Federal Election Commission is badly broken. But is her very public crusade the way to fix it?
National Journal | Oct 13, 2015
The Staying Power of Nancy Pelosi
And its consequences.
National Journal | September 11, 2015
An Endeavor to Take Trump Seriously
What happens when a reporter tries to take the GOP's man of the moment seriously?
National Journal | July 31, 2015
Ted Cruz's Secret Weapon to Win the Right
On the trail with Rafael Cruz—dad, preacher, and Ted's ambassador to the true believers of the Right.
National Journal | June 26, 2015
The Slow-Mo Scandal That Could Crush Scott Walker's Presidential Hopes
Can the Wisconsin Republican keep one step ahead of the investigation that's been nipping at his heels?
Mother Jones | May 20, 2015
Robby Mook Just Took the Hardest Job in Politics: Saving the Clintons From Themselves
The "drum-circle" weirdo guiding Hillary Clinton's next presidential campaign.
Mother Jones | April 9, 2015
The Scandal That Could Blow Up Rand Paul's Machine
A criminal probe involving his father's 2012 campaign is inching dangerously close to Paul's inner circle.
Mother Jones | April 8, 2015
The Power of Two: Inside the Rise of the Castro Brothers
America has never seen a political team quite like the Castro brothers.
National Journal | January 23, 2015
Is Your Judge for Sale?
Thanks to Karl Rove and Citizens United, judicial elections have been overtaken by secretive interest groups, nasty ads, and the constant hustle for campaign cash.
Mother Jones | November/December 2014
Meet the Fortune 500 Companies Funding the Political Resegregation of America
Mother Jones | November 21, 2014
Jim Gilliam of NationBuilder says his software will "democratize democracy." So why do many of his progressive friends consider him a traitor?
The American Prospect | October 3, 2013
Wellstone's Revenge: How Minnesota Democrats Took Their State Back
Minnesota's once-woebegone progressives have quietly crafted a road map for turning state capitols blue.
Mother Jones | September/October 2013
Lights, camera, super-PAC! How DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg became the Democrats' high-grossing showbiz money man.
Mother Jones | May/June 2013
Walmart's Shadow Factories
In China, the retail giant's push for a green makeover clashes with its mandate for everyday low prices.
Mother Jones | March/April 2013
Follow the Dark Money
The down and dirty history of secret spending, PACs gone wild, and the epic four-decade fight over the only kind of political capital that matters.
Mother Jones | July/August 2012
How fishy foreclosures earned millions for lawyers like David J. Stern—and made the housing crisis even worse.
Mother Jones | August 4, 2010