How To Make a President Funny

David Litt, the author of the New York Times best-seller Thanks, Obama, a comedic White House memoir, was a speechwriter for the former president from 2011 to 2016. For several of those years, he ran point on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, fielding jokes from speechwriters and developing material for …

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The Man Behind the Account that Blew Up Capitol Hill

The posts appear late at night or early in the morning, a tranche of Instagram stories relating workplace harassment, discrimination and the terrible bosses who serve on Capitol Hill. The first-person testimonials and shreds of gossip published on @dear_white_staffers are secrets entrusted to the DMs of one man. He lives …

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The Night Kennedy and Nixon Were Bunkmates

On April 21, 1947, two rookie congressmen made their way through the bustle of Washington’s Union Station. Traveling without an entourage, they looked like any of the other business travelers rushing to catch their trains. They hailed from different parties, different worlds really. But both had served as Navy officers …

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The Rise and Fall of the Star White House Reporter

Washington reporters have long considered the role of White House correspondent to be the crown jewel of American political journalism. It has launched high-profile television careers, scored countless reporters book deals and been bestowed on media veterans for years of ink-drenched work. But during the age of Biden, a perch …

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Why a Legendary Washington Insider Is Dreading the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Juleanna Glover stands at the nexus of social and political Washington. As one of the city’s best-known conveners, she’s been a fixture at events around the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, which during her 33 years working in Washington has evolved from a dinner to a weeklong cavalcade of networking, …

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