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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Colorado’s Senate Race: How Big is the Bill Factor?

Former President Bill Clinton’s endorsement of Andrew Romanoff in Colorado’s Aug. 10 Democratic Senate primary sent shock waves through the media this afternoon. Clinton’s decision to buck the White House — which is backing sitting Sen. Michael Bennet — and support Romanoff’s underdog bid is the sort of juicy morsel pundits feast …

Feds Shelve Security Project

A few month ago I posted a piece I wrote about a controversial proposal to construct a federal anti-terrorism training center on a rural patch of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. At the time, opponents of the project–which was to receive at least $70 million in stimulus funding and provide hundreds of jobs–seemed locked in an uphill battle. …

SCOTUS Solidifies Gun Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Second Amendment rights apply to cities and states as well as federal law, and can be invoked to challenge local restrictions on gun ownership. The vote in McDonald v. Chicago was 5-4, with Justice Kennedy joining the Court’s conservative wing. Justice Alito penned the majority opinion, which …

Michael Hastings, Mayhill Fowler and the Dirty Secret of Journalism

Janet Malcolm’s “The Journalist and the Murderer” begins with a famous maxim I suspect every reporter has mulled at some point. “Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible,” she writes. It’s a provocative thesis, but I don’t buy it. There are …

1,000 Words: Game Faces Edition

President Barack Obama meets with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room of the White House, June 23, 2010. Seated at the table are, from left, General David Petraeus, head of US Central Command, Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates,

Today’s Must-See Campaign Ad

A few weeks Dale Peterson, a candidate for agriculture commissioner in Alabama, set a new bar in the race for 2010′s best campaign spot. To a score of patriotic music, the candidate–astride his horse–cradled a rifle, railed against “illegals” and called his opponent a “dummy.” Peterson’s bid was thwarted, but now he’s back with a new …

How BP’s Escrow Account Will Work

As Bryan noted, one of the fruits of President Obama’s meeting with BP officials today is the announcement that the company will sink $20 billion into an escrow account that will be used to pay out costs associated with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. BP will fund the account in installments over the next three and a half years. Here are …

Quote of the Day

“We care about the small people.”

–Carl-Henric Svanberg, BP’s chairman, promising that the British energy giant would meet its obligations to the residents of the Gulf Coast.

Oil Spill Politics: The Art of the Angry Letter

We all know much of politics is theater–the art of convincing constituents that you’ve correctly diagnosed a problem, that you share their interests and feel their pain. This has been truer than usual in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The federal government lacks the technical expertise to cap a leak spewing a mile …

Rubio Calls Crist Out

After abandoning his bid for Florida’s Republican Senate nomination, Charlie Crist gave an interview to National Review in which he gushed about life as an independent candidate. “[Connecticut Sen. Joe] Lieberman told me that [going independent] is the most liberating thing,” Crist said. “He was right. I’m much happier now, to be …

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