By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The voice on the line was warm, proud, reassuring, a voice that holds your hand and looks you in the eye. "Barack Obama," it said, "wants to be your president."
The Army will not be allowed to replace the cracked monument at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery without first reporting to Congress on repair options and getting lawmakers' approval.
"Once in a while, I get a 1 a.m. call," Mr. Smith said. "Usually very late in a campaign. Probably in October. The last spots of the cycle, when they find out there's a factual error in an ad or that they misquoted something. It's often some small thing that needs to be fixed. So you just constantly live by your cellphone or are checking your email."
"For a number of years, we all used to get together on election nights and watch the returns together," Mr. Smith said.