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Rahm Emanuel


Muffingate, or the making of a PBS-style euphemism

There’s no question that Peter Sagal is a perfect addition to the Need to Know family; he’s funny, insightful and game to take on the tricky role of show closer. But his first three-minute essay came with a problem we hadn’t run into before: How do we say a dirty word without saying a dirty word?


  How to be mayor of Chicago

In our new advice column, Just Ask, Peter Sagal advises a longtime politico on how to reshape his image.

BP vs. Obama’s climate complacency

Rahm Emanuel persuaded the President to play it cool on
climate legislation. But post spill, can he bring some heat to the game?

      American Voices
      The Watch List
      climate desk