Sasha Issenberg

Sasha Issenberg is the author of The Victory Lab about the new science of political campaigns.

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June 1 2012 11:03 AMIt All Comes Down to RaceYour opinions on health care reform, taxes, and even the president’s dog come down to racial bias.
May 30 2012 10:50 AMNew Arrivals in the Political Blogosphere
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May 8 2012 11:39 AMThe Power of the PetitionHow the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could swing the 2012 presidential election.
April 23 2012 10:31 AMFrench Lessons for Barack ObamaFive things the American president can learn from the French elections.
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April 20 2012 12:53 PMThe American ConnectionFrançois Hollande has embraced the tactics of Obama’s 2008 campaign—and it might win him the French election.
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March 20 2012 6:35 PMCan You Win a Campaign Without Conducting Polls?Rick Santorum is giving it a shot. 
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March 5 2012 6:58 PMVote 4 Me!!The political consultants who want to send you unsolicited text messages, and the man who is fighting to stop them.
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Feb. 15 2012 11:28 AMObama’s White WhaleHow the campaign’s top-secret project Narwhal could change this race, and many to come.
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Jan. 30 2012 8:05 AMFor Sale: Detailed Voter ProfilesThe RNC and DNC are getting into the data mining business. Will they trade sensitive, strategically valuable information for an influx of cash?
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Jan. 13 2012 4:48 PMProject DreamcatcherHow cutting-edge text analytics can help the Obama campaign determine voters’ hopes and fears.
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Jan. 4 2012 11:15 AMAnatomy of a Narrow VictoryFive years in the making, Romney’s Iowa win took a lot more than money.
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Dec. 15 2011 12:58 PM“Likely Voters” LieWhy private campaign polls get such different results from public media polls.
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Dec. 5 2011 1:26 PMSearching for the Mormon HatersTo win Iowa, Mitt Romney needs to find new supporters. But first he needs to figure out which voters to ignore completely.
June 6 2005 12:19 PMDick KnowsThe Watergate movie that got it right.
June 1 2012 2:22 AMThe Paper Chase, Wisconsin Edition
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May 22 2012 12:37 PMThe Death of the HunchCampaigns used to guess which ads were most effective. Now they can prove it. How Obama’s embrace of empiricism could swing the 2012 race.
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April 26 2012 1:10 PMThe Creepiness FactorThis could have been the election when Web-based advertising changed everything. What happened?
April 22 2012 2:00 PMThe Beginning of the End for Sarkozy?In France’s first round of presidential voting, Francois Hollande starts strong.
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April 2 2012 3:10 PMThe Obama IPOWill technology developed by his campaign make the president a power broker for many elections to come?
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March 12 2012 11:13 AMEarly Bird Gets the DelegatesRomney’s mastery of early voting made it nearly impossible for his less-organized, less-moneyed rivals to ever beat him.
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Feb. 27 2012 10:51 AMObama’s Michigan MachinationsCagey tactics that will make life difficult for Republicans on Tuesday.
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Feb. 1 2012 9:56 AMHow Newt LostIt wasn’t just the bad debate performances and the moon base. His disorganized campaign got outflanked and outclassed.
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Jan. 27 2012 6:31 PMThe Mystery of the Puerto Rican VoterWhy do Puerto Ricans turn out in such high numbers on the island but not in Florida? And who will win their all-important support in 2012?
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Jan. 10 2012 11:25 AMHigh StakesDo campaign signs work?
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Dec. 30 2011 1:01 PMThe 12 Kinds of Undecided Voters
Liars, haters, mavens, know-nothings, bandwagon riders, and other kinds of voters who just can’t make up their minds.

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Dec. 6 2011 6:01 PMThe Secret Weapon of Modern Political CampaignsThe mail.
Sports Nut
Aug. 1 2007 3:29 PM"If She's an Ugly Bowler, You Are Going To Be Disappointed"Parsing the increasingly bizarre sayings of Ichiro Suzuki.



More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 10:36 AM MacArthur Fellow Alison Bechdel Recounts Telling Her Mother About Her Best-Selling Memoir MacArthur Fellow Alison Bechdel recounts telling her mother about her best-selling memoir.
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Sept. 17 2014 11:06 AM Inside the Exclusive World of Members-Only Clubs
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 11:14 AM How Does That Geometry Problem Make You Feel? Computer tutors that can read students’ emotions.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 11:18 AM A Bridge Across the Sky
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.