Reporter's Notebook

Our journalists covered dramatic elections, off-the-wall inventions and a spy who never dies. Here's how:

MATTHEW COOPER, TIME's deputy bureau chief in Washington, coordinated this week's election coverage.

"Washington had no idea George Bush would have such a great election night. I've been talking to political insiders trying to get a handle on how the Republicans pulled this off, how the Democrats blew it and where both parties go from here. When I spoke to Richard Gephardt, he seemed genuinely disappointed he had not been able to deliver House Democrats to the Promised Land.

"I turn 40 this winter, and I've been covering elections since 1980. Every few years the Democrats wake up with a hangover--'80,...

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