Amy Davidson

Amy Davidson is a senior editor at The New Yorker.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 1:30pm
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Clash Over Poetry and Prose
“Here’s the Senator’s ad,” Chris Cuomo, of CNN, said to Hillary Clinton, who was standing with him on the stage for a Democratic town-hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. There was a sudden jolt of music—Simon and Garfunkel’s “America”—and scenes of Bernie Sanders speaking to large, happy crowds, with...
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 3:45pm
Angela Merkel’s Cologne Test
On Saturday, at least three groups of marchers assembled outside the main train station in Cologne, Germany. They had each come to offer their response to the attacks on women who had gathered in that spot a week earlier, to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The first march was organized by Pegida , the...
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 11:45am
The Republicans’ Principle-Free Presidential Debate
At one point during the gleefully principle-free Republican debate in Las Vegas, on Tuesday night, Hugh Hewitt, one of the moderators, tried to find out if Ben Carson had what it took to be President. Carson was a pediatric neurosurgeon and, people thought, a kind man, and that seemed to worry...
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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 7:30am
Hillary Gets Started
Hillary Clinton is ready for Hillary. That could be gleaned from the video officially launching her run for President in 2016, called “ Getting Started ,” which was posted on a new YouTube channel Sunday afternoon. It was a strange production: for the first few seconds, it seemed to be an ad that...
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Monday, February 23, 2015 - 7:45am
Why 'Citizenfour' Deserved Its Oscar
“Thank you to Edward Snowden for his courage,” Laura Poitras, the director of “Citizenfour,” said as she accepted the Oscar for best documentary. Neil Patrick Harris, the award show’s host, noted that Snowden couldn’t be there “for some treason.” Treason isn’t one of the crimes Snowden has been...
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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 9:30am
Torture in a Dick Cheney Minute
What, exactly, has President Barack Obama done to make sure that future Presidents don’t torture prisoners? On “ Meet the Press ” on Sunday, Dick Cheney, the former Vice-President, made it clear that he, for one, given the chance, would seize waterboarding paraphernalia, and get to it. “I’d do it...
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 8:52am
Whose Distressed Baby Is It?
How does one define “distressed”? Anxious, worried, upset in a slightly old-fashioned way, and somehow ragged. Damsels can be in distress, without being distressed ladies—blithely awaiting rescue, without a ribbon out of place.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:17am
Breaking the Rules Thousands of Times a Day at The NSA
What does the National Security Agency consider a small or a big number? The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman has a report based on documents the paper got from Edward Snowden about an N.S.A.
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Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 2:30pm
A Hundred Hungry Men at Guantánamo
Is Guantánamo falling?
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 8:28am
Kind Hearts and Bayonets (and Battleships)
“The question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships,” President Obama said in the third Presidential debate. It is a little disappointing that he didn’t go on to construct an alternative metaphor involving Stratego. But he didn’t need to. If we’re counting debate victories, Obama got another one Monday night, making it two out of three.
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