Reporters' Notebook

We asked three of our journalists for insights on how they go about chasing the news, from whistle-blowing memos to terror alerts to the return of al-Qaeda

--MICHAEL WEISSKOPF, our national correspondent based in Washington, was the first journalist to obtain a complete copy of the 13-page memo by FBI whistle-blower Coleen Rowley:

"We're in one of those moments in Washington when people and federal agencies that normally don't like to talk to reporters are suddenly banging down our doors, seeking sanctuary. Officials here are working overtime--not just at their jobs--but at protecting their reputations and that of their agencies. At...

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