Nicholas Confessore

One Vote Away

If you were to choose a single race that sums up what’s at stake this fall, it would have to be the one in South Dakota. To political insiders in Washington, the matchup between Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson and his Repub-lican challenger, Rep. John Thune, is considered this season’s defining contest between the two national… Read more »

Borderline Insanity

Among those most furious was President George W. Bush. “I was stunned and not happy,” the president told reporters at a press conference. “I could barely get my coffee down.” Within days, Bush’s anger cascaded down through the federal bureaucracy. Attorney General John Ashcroft blasted “professional incompetence” for the “disturbing failure.” INS commissioner James Ziglar… Read more »