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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The Coattails Candidate

Being a legacy candidate is a blessing and a curse. For Ben Quayle, it must have been daunting to plunge into politics knowing he had almost zero shot of climbing to the heights reached by his father–even if his father’s defining moment may have been misspelling “potato”–and that any success he achieved would be written off by skeptics …

Blago Convicted on a Single Charge, Escapes (For Now) On 23 Others

A federal jury in Chicago has convicted former Ill. Governor Rod Blagojevich on a single count of lying to federal agents. That charge was the only one of 24 counts, which included allegations that Blagojevich tried to sell Barack Obama’s old Senate seat, on which the jury reached a verdict. After 14 days of deliberation, the 12 jurors …

The DOJ Cracks Down on Arizona Sheriff

Our colleague Elizabeth Dias files this report:

If you’ve followed the illegal immigration controversy in Arizona, you’ll be familiar with the state’s hard-edged Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is famous for dressing inmates in pink underwear and for boasting an all-female chain gang. Loved by conservatives, hated by immigrant-rights groups,

Heartland Primary Watch

Early reports on Tuesday primaries in Missouri, Kansas and Michigan all had essentially the same theme: Where is everyone? Granted, voter turnout for primaries isn’t expected to match the grand standard of presidential elections, but the tales trickling in were still uninspiring. β€œIt was a ghost town in Farmington Hills Precinct 4,”

The Debate over Birthright Citizenship Gains Steam

As Arizona’s SB1070 fans the fiery debate over immigration, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell has joined several Senate Republicans to endorse a Congressional review of the 14th Amendment’s citizenship clause, which automatically accords citizenship to any child born in the U.S., regardless of parental immigration status. “I think we ought to …

1,000 Words: Situation Room Edition

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with members of the national security team in the Situation Room of the White House, July 29, 2010, to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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