Selected Articles

Obama Girls, Though Unheard, Figure Prominently in Race
Malia and Sasha Obama, in the White House and the presidential race


First Lady Strives for a Caring Image Above the Partisan Fray
Michelle Obama’s hugs are a metaphor for how she approaches her role.


The Competitor In Chief
President Barack Obama plays to win, in politics and everything else.


Leading Role in ’08, But Backstage in ’12
What happened between President Barack Obama and Penny Pritzker, his most important donor?


Elite Women Put New Spin on Work-Life Debate
If a woman has a sterling résumé, a supportive husband who speaks fluent car pool and a nurturing boss who just happens to be one of the most powerful women in the world herself, who or what is to blame if Ms. Supposed-to-Have-It-All still cannot balance work and family?


Sharing Outsider Status and a Style of Coping
The outsider backgrounds of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have marked the 2012 race in subtle ways, shaping the candidates and campaigns, causing them to mirror each other in many ways.


How the Mormon Church Shaped Mitt Romney
Outside the spotlight, the candidate is more demonstrative about his faith: belting out hymns while horseback riding, fasting on designated days and praying for divine guidance on business decisions and political races.


Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady
Mrs. Obama’s adjustment to the White House — including, at times, severe tension with her husband’s staff — illuminates some of President Obama’s central challenges.


Michelle Obama’s Mission: Energizing the Campaign
After nearly three years of limiting her time in the public sphere, Michelle Obama is suddenly ubiquitous as motivator in chief.


Reggie Love Is Leaving Obama’s Shadow to Cast His Own
President Obama’s personal aide, Reggie Love, will leave his job to pursue a graduate degree full-time.


With New Book, Bill Clinton Makes New Bid to Bolster Obama
Bill Clinton’s book marks a new and somewhat warmer stage in his relationship with President Obama, one that could benefit Mr. Obama considerably.


Behind Consumer Agency Idea, a Tireless Advocate
If there’s one thing the financial industry dislikes more than a consumer protection agency, it’s the thought that Elizabeth Warren might lead it.


After 9/11 Trial Plan, Holder Hones Political Ear
Once resistant to perceived intrusion by White House political officials, the attorney general now seeks their guidance.


First Marriage
The Obama union is modern. It’s a formidable international brand. And it’s an ongoing negotiation.


In First Lady’s Roots, a Complex Path From Slavery
A newly discovered story has fleshed out Michelle Obama’s family tree.


Back on World Stage, a Larger-Than-Life Holbrooke
As special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard C. Holbrooke will formulate policy for the region.


Nation’s Many Faces in Extended First Family
The new president was sworn in while surrounded by a clan that redrew the image of the first family.


Obama’s Closest Friends Form Strategy for Staying Tight-Knit
What does it mean to be best buddies with the leader of the free world?


Harvard Lightning Rod Finds Path to Renewal With Obama
Could the same problems that tripped up Lawrence Summers at Harvard hurt him in the White House?


An Old Hometown Mentor, Still at Obama’s Side
How Valerie Jarrett helped the Obamas get to where they are today.


Campaign Scrapbook: The Mom on the Bus
Weird things happen when you have one foot in presidential politics and the other in nursery school.


Barack Obama, Forever Sizing Up
What sort of president would Barack Obama be if elected?


For a New Political Age, a Self-Made Man
If Barack Obama wins the presidency, he will preside over everything he objects to about politics.


Teaching Law, Testing Ideas, Obama Stood Slightly Apart
Lessons from Professor Obama’s legal classroom.


After Attacks, Michelle Obama Looks for a New Introduction
As her husband’s general election campaign gets into full swing, Mrs. Obama is getting a subtle makeover.


Gender Issue Lives On as Clinton’s Bid Wanes
The senator’s waning bid brings with it a reckoning about what it represents: an incomplete triumph or a sad reminder of why few women run for high office.


With Right Props and Stops, Clinton Transforms Into Working-Class Hero
How Hillary Clinton made herself into a woman of the people.


Vocal on War, McCain Is Silent on Son’s Service
Senator John McCain has staked his candidacy on the promise that U.S. troops can stabilize Iraq. What he almost never says is that one of them is his own son.


In Democratic Families, Politics Makes for Estranged Bedfellows
Political dynasties and ordinary people alike have found their houses divided between support for Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.


Primed for a Second Stint as First Daughter
If her mother wins the presidency Chelsea Clinton could be in a historic position: the first first child twice over.


One Place Where Obama Goes Elbow to Elbow
Senator Barack Obama is a wily player of pickup basketball, a game with unspoken rules and lots of elbows.


Michelle Obama Adds New Role to Balancing Act
A woman who has said she dislikes politics is assuming a starring role in her husband’s presidential campaign.


A Candidate, His Minister and the Search for Faith
Barack Obama’s campaign has put a strain on the close relationship he forged over 20 years with his pastor.


Disinvitation by Obama Is Criticized
Some black leaders are now questioning Senator Barack Obama’s decision to distance his campaign from the senior pastor of the popular Trinity United Church of Christ.


In Law School, Obama Found Political Voice
Barack Obama arrived at Harvard as an unknown; by the time he left, he had become a political sensation.