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David Weigel is a national reporter for The Washington Post. From 2014 to 2015, he helped launch the new Bloomberg Politics site as a roving reporter, covering everything from the decline of Southern Democrats to the reasons why some practitioners of transcendental meditation support Rand Paul. From 2010 to 2014, he was a reporter for Slate, where he ran a political blog and hosted an interview podcast.

From 2006 through 2010, David’s reporting focused on the American conservative movement. He covered the Ron Paul and Bob Barr campaigns for Reason, and covered the remaking of the right for the Washington Independent. He is an occasional commentator on cable news, and has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air and PRI’s This American Life to discuss his reporting. His Slate blog, the curiously-named “Weigel,” was named one of Time magazine’s best blogs of 2011.

Weigel is a 2004 graduate of Northwestern University whose work has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ, EsquireUSA Today, Campaigns & Elections, Time.com, Washington City Paper, The Guardian, The American Prospect, The Daily Beast, The American Conservative, The American Spectator, The Washington Monthly, DemocracyThe Columbia Journalism Review, Rolling Stone, Politico, and The Nation. He currently lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C, and is finishing a history of progressive rock, to be published by W.W. Norton, based in part on this 2012 Slate series.

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  1. Dave–

    Scott Gordon from Northwestern here. You may or may not remember me for various reasons. Anyways–congrats on the Reason gig. I ran across your post thru Slate’s blogs column. Question–does PopMatters pay for stuff? Cause I’m doing a good deal of entertainment writing on my blogs and I’d like to stick it somewhere else.

    The Chronicle is still tragically bad without you, by the way.


  2. “Reason provides a refreshing alternative to right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by making a principled case for liberty and individual choice in all areas of human activity.”

    To that I can only say: Hee-hee. Also, a belated congratulations on the gig there. Hope you’re doing well…

  3. To bad I did not know you were in So California. I could have met you in my PT Cruiser and had a drink with you. Let me know if you get back out this way again if you’re interested. Just googling and found your name and webiste. Have seen it before.

  4. Nice piece on Slate; one of the more thorough treatments of the matter with insightful context.

    Have you encountered the claim by some that the State of Hawaii issues Certifications of Live Birth to those residents who give birth while out of state, but wish to have the birth registered in the state? What do you make of such claims?

  5. I heard your interview with NPR and I have another right-wing rumor for you to check out – “Obama Poised to Cede US Sovereignty” – Signing the Copenhagen Climate Treaty will cede US sovereignty, because the rest of the world will be able to police the United States and the country will no longer be its own master – see http://www.mnmajority.org, http://www.globalclimatescam.com

  6. Dave:
    Writing a deadlined item on depictions of Tea Party in media. Would like to get some insight from you for the piece. I registered so you should have my email. Drop me note w/your number or email and I can give you all the details on my angle, the publication, etc. Thanks. — bjs

  7. Hey Dave:

    I enjoy your discussions on Keith and Rachel’s shows quite a lot. I’m a Writer/Artist whose done a lot of Comics work over the last buncha years… and I was curious, since it seems you are a Comic Book fan, if you might be interested in doing a little work on a Political Comic Project that I’m working on with a few Comic Book dignitaries(?)

    If you are at all interested, you can google me – Al Gordon…

    Or you can email me from my rarely updated link:


    Or… strangely enough, I’ve been Wikied:


  8. Hey Dave. I noticed your absence from my twitter feed a few weeks back and apparently you blocked me. I’m honored to be on your radar but don’t think I’ve done anything block-worthy unless you were irked by my #followfriday tweet about you and buetler being the ambiguously gay duo of political reporting, but that was a long time ago so I doubt it. Maybe it was a glitch? Any chance I can get an unblock?

    Also, unrelated, but when I logged in to leave this comment I was somehow taken to your back office comment moderation page. Not sure if that has happened to anyone else but you may want to check it out.

    Oh. Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/xnickp

  9. Excellent list Dave. All are fairly decent to excellent movies. Still need to watch some of them myself.

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