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Patrick Reis is a reporter at National Journal. He has previously worked at POLITICO, Greenwire and Seattle's Real Change News. He likes dogs and dislikes writing about himself.
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The Sanders-Clinton Slugfest Did Not Happen and It Is Not Going to Happen

December 21, 2015 The ten­sion between Hil­lary Clin­ton and Bernie Sanders over the lat­ter cam­paign’s data theft was sup­posed to ex­plode dur­ing Sat­urday night’s Demo­crat­ic. That didn’t hap­pen. Here’s what did: Sanders ad­mit­ted his cam­paign had done “the wrong thing” by look­ing at the Clin­ton camp’s data, though he ad­ded his staff had...

John McCain Wants FIFA to Take the World Cup Away From Russia

May 26, 2015 Sens. John McCain and Robert Menendez want the world's governing soccer organization to fire its president and elect one who will take the World Cup away from Vladimir Putin's Russia. FIFA, the organization that governs the World Cup, is holding leadership elections Friday, and President Sepp Blatter is expected to...

Washington Is America's Worst Economic Mirror. Its Best? Detroit.

August 28, 2014 Detroit is the poster child for an economy gone wrong, while Washington is in the midst of a development boom. But it's Detroit, not Washington, that most accurately reflects the paychecks of Americans overall—at least by one measure of how the city's population stacks up on the economic ladder. Nearly...

You Don't Need to Watch Game of Thrones—You Already Live in Westeros

June 9, 2014 (Spoilers, probably.) Westeros is a land in peril. Wildlings are marching on the north, the White Walkers' undead horde is just behind them. Daenerys Targaryen's strength grows in the east as she weighs a dragon-backed assault on the realm. And the long winter is coming, promising mass death from famine...

Why You Can't Compare Hillary Clinton's Age to Ronald Reagan's

April 24, 2014 The age comparisons between Hillary Clinton and Ronald Reagan seem as natural as they are nonsensical. Yes, were Clinton to win in 2016, she would take office at age 69—just as Reagan did in 1981. And yes, the comparison is often made when Clinton's critics and allies debate whether she...

Why Are Baby Animals Dying at the National Zoo?

April 2, 2014 The National Zoo has a horrifying tale to tell. In late December, one of the zoo's sloth bears gave birth to three cubs. But then -- in a gruesome turn -- the mother ate two of her cubs within a week of their birth, forcing zookeepers to rescue the third....

The Federal Government Just Bought a Dinosaur

December 31, 2013 Doswellia are 7-foot-long carnivorous reptiles with boxy bodies, flat heads, and long necks—and the National Park Service just bought one a home. Safari enthusiasts, however, will not get to see the creature in action. Doswellia have been extinct for somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 million years, and the specimen...

Economic Adviser: Sequester 'Stupid,' Default a 'Fundamental Danger'

October 10, 2013 Americans appear to have shrugged off the sequester, but they wouldn't escape the pain of a default, a top White House economic adviser said Thursday. "I think this is of a different magnitude. This is a different order of potential harm," said Gene Sperling, the head of President Obama's National...

Obama Official Tweets Racial Slur, Apologizes

October 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top Obama administration official Tuesday accidentally used the n-word on an official White House Twitter account. "@jmartNYT also a much n----- factor on the right," Dan Pfeiffer, a senior Obama adviser, Tweeted in response to a New York Times reporter. Pfeiffer deleted the Tweet shortly after, replacing it with...

The Deadly Dates of a Debt-Ceiling Standoff

September 30, 2013 Nobody in the White House, nobody in Congress, and nobody anywhere else knows the exact date the government will begin defaulting on its debts. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has handed Congress an Oct. 17 deadline for raising the debt limit, but he's only giving them his best guess. The lack...

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