Amy Davidson

Amy Davidson is a senior editor at The New Yorker.

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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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Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 8:33am
7 Chances Obama Missed
President Obama did badly in his first debate—by his standards, by those of his supporters, and in comparison to Mitt Romney. As Ann Romney said recently, this is hard; it’s easy to criticize from home. (Jim Lehrer, the moderator, who all but announced at the end that he’d lost control, might borrow that line.) But the loss is especially striking when one considers the openings Romney gave him, both before and during the debate.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 8:27am
Mitt Romney's Resentment
“My question is, why don’t you stick up for yourself?” a man who had paid fifty thousand dollars to attend a dinner with Mitt Romney asked. “To me, you should be so proud that you’re wealthy.” That remark was recorded in a video of the dinner, at a hedge-fund manager’s home in Boca Raton, which was released by Mother Jones .
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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 2:19pm
Mitt Romney, Bully
What is the defining image in the Washington Post’s story on Mitt Romney, as a student at the Cranbrook School, bullying a gay teen-age boy? Maybe it’s Romney, the eighteen-year-old son of a governor, spotting the student, John Lauber, with, as a classmate remembered, “bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye,” and saying, “He can’t look like that.
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