Daniel Wattenberg

Daniel Wattenberg is a writer and editor living in Washington.

Extreme Anxiety — Or How to Negotiate With Hostage-Holding Terrorists


An excerpt from Daniel Wattenberg’s new nonfiction novella, Decatur’s Wake: The Fateful Rivalry Behind the Lightning Defeat of Barbary Terror, available as a Kindle Single from Amazon. Within five days of his arrival in the Mediterranean in June 1815 in command of a squadron of ten ships, Commodore Stephen Decatur had captured two Algerine warships, including […]

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The Lady Macbeth of Little Rock


At the Democratic debate last Saturday night, Hillary Clinton was caught in a political blunder — she brought up her radical days as a ’60 student activist. As it happens, there was a lot more where that came from, as Daniel Wattenberg’s seminal piece from the 1992 campaign captured for all time. She was in […]

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Keller-Matthews Permanente


On the latest episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, guest Chris Matthews tried to spin the bungled debut of Obamacare as — no, really — a triumphant confirmation of market enthusiasm for the low-cost coverage newly available through the law’s vaunted health insurance exchanges. On Monday, the garrulous host of MSNBC’s Hardball found an […]

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