Alex Altman

Alex Altman is a Washington correspondent for TIME. He previously worked as a writer and editor for TIME's Briefing section. A native of New York City, he has degrees from Colgate University and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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“Forgotten Crimes”

Trailing by double digits in the Louisiana Senate race, Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon is trying to erase the deficit by reminding voters of his opponent’s history with prostitutes. In a two-minute ad titled “Forgotten Crimes,” Melancon’s camp paints Republican incumbent David Vitter, who was revealed as a client of the “D.C.

The GOP’s “Pledge to America”

House Republicans will unveil their “Pledge to America” at a hardware store in Sterling, Va., tomorrow morning. The GOP frames the document as a series of ideals, programs and policy blueprints it would uphold and pursue if restored to power in November. It’s also an attempt to neutralize Democrats’ charge that the “Party of No” has no …

Primary Round-Up: A Tea Party Triumph (Or Two) Is a Win For Dems

Updated, 7:25 a.m.

Tea Party activists on Tuesday punctuated a primary season with no shortage of surprises by delivering their sharpest blow yet to the Republican establishment. In the race for the party’s Senate nomination in Delaware—one of seven states (plus the nation’s capital) where voters headed to the polls in the last …

Welcome to Swampland, Massimo Calabresi

Allow me to introduce the newest addition to our ever-growing Swampland team, Massimo Calabresi.

A Washington Correspondent for TIME since 1999, Massimo has done stints covering the State, Treasury and Justice Departments, the CIA, the White House and Congress. Prior to that he served as Central Europe Bureau Chief during the Balkan …

What Evangelicals Really Think of Glenn Beck

TIME’s Elizabeth Dias files this report:

Glenn Beck’s revival may appear to forecast him as less of a leader for America’s evangelical base than one might think. In fact, many evangelical leaders suggest Beck’s success could ultimately fail–if pulpits carefully parse the distinction Beck fails to make between Christianity and

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