Passing the Torch from Michael to Jay

This is a bittersweet week for me. After more than eight years as Washington bureau chief, Michael Duffy has decided to devote himself full time to reporting and writing for TIME. I can't say I blame him; during his tenure, Michael witnessed two presidential elections, two major wars, one presidential impeachment and the worst terrorist attack in American history. "I never expected history to be quiet," Michael says. "But I didn't expect it to be this raucous."

Michael has been a superb leader of our colleagues in Washington and a boon companion to his colleagues in New York City. I once said...

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