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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Glenn Beck’s Latest Heresy

TIME’s Elizabeth Dias files this report:

“If you just tuned in, boy, this has got to be the weirdest damn episode you’ve ever heard on the Glenn Beck program,” Glenn Beck admitted late last night, as he took another shot at Christian social justice missions. This time he claimed that black liberation theology—theology that

Thad Allen

With engineers testing the Deepwater Horizon well’s new cap, national incident commander Thad Allen is hoping for some much-needed good news. Here’s a profile of the man in charge of the government’s response to the oil spill.

Re: Scott Brown, Champion of the Democratic Agenda

Back in April, when Scott Brown was a no-show for a Tea Party rally on the Boston Common, the activists who helped propel him into office didn’t take it personally. It was a non-issue, they told me; Brown was busy looking after their interests in Washington. But as Adam noted, the Tea Party’s love affair with Brown has soured. And now …

Quote of the Day: Thinking Outside the Box

“Another thing we can do for jobs is make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Me. Like maybe little action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit. They can make toys of me and my vehicle, especially for the holidays and Christmas for the kids. That’s something that would create jobs. So you …

On Bobby Jindal

I have a micro-profile of Bobby Jindal in this week’s dead-tree edition that managed to sneak through the newly erected paywall. Jindal’s hands-on approach to the oil-spill crisis has drawn plaudits; he’s been a ubiquitous presence in the Gulf, and his withering assessment of the allegedly sluggish federal response seems to match the …

From Phoenix to the President’s Doorstep

Our colleague Elizabeth Dias files this dispatch:

Washington’s 102-degree heat is nothing new for the Arizona activists wrapping up a 24-hour prayer vigil at the White House. For 79 straight days—ever since SB1070 passed in April—several hundred faith and community leaders have knelt on the Arizona Capitol’s sweltering steps,

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