Darkness Falls Understanding Robert Novak’s controversial relationship with Israel and Judaism Alongside a zeal for supply-side economics, one of the defining passions of the political columnist Robert Novak, who died Tuesday at 78, was his unrelenting criticism of Israel. Some chalked it up to his disillusionment with the secular Judaism into which he was born. Others attribute...

Meghan McCain Will Be Heard ‘Does it sound campy to say I love gay men?’ asks Meghan McCain, sipping an iced tea at the nouveau-chic Hotel Palomar in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle. Campy or not, the lovesick McCain has been ubiquitous this year, sallying forth on late-night TV — Larry King Live, The Colbert Report, The Rachel Maddow Show — to scold...

They Backed Boris On the hustings with Boris Johnson, London’s unlikely mayor. London “They want a shot of me with the carcasses,” Boris Johnson says, visibly annoyed with the cameramen and reporters surrounding him like a rugby scrum. We’re standing in the middle of Smithfield’s, a giant meat market in northwest London. One of the photographers asks the...

Mr. Gannon Stays in Washington Drop by the National Press Club on any given day and you’re likely to see the glistening bald pate of Jeff Gannon, a.k.a. James Guckert. The former White House correspondent for the now-defunct conservative Web site talonnews.com haunts the Club’s premises like a lobbyist at the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse. Dana Milbank, a formerWashington Post White House correspondent...

Hard Right Gay porn’s neocon kingpin. This was not what Patrick Cordova had bargained for. The Stanford junior, a member of the school’s student government, had wanted to host a lecture on sexual health. And he figured that a provocative and fun way to tackle the issue would be to bring a prominent pornographer to speak on...

The Man Who Would be King Is our U.N. ambassador running for president of Afghanistan? In April 2005, when President Bush decided to transfer Zalmay Khalilzad from Afghanistan to Iraq, Afghan President Hamid Karzai complained. The Afghan-born Khalilzad had been serving as U.S. ambassador to his native country, and his relationship with Karzai–which dated back to the late 1990s, when both...

Angry White Man The bigoted past of Ron Paul. If you are a critic of the Bush administration, chances are that, at some point over the past six months, Ron Paul has said something that appealed to you. Paul describes himself as a libertarian, but, since his presidential campaign took off earlier this year, the Republican congressman has...

On Firm Ground During a heated exchange in the apartheid-era South African parliament, a senior government minister scolded Helen Suzman, then the lone member of the body that opposed the racially discriminatory system. As a parliamentarian, Mrs. Suzman was a perpetual thorn in the side of the regime, frequently asking questions that exposed the horrors of apartheid, and...