Contributors: Nov. 16, 1998

PRISCILLA PAINTON, editor of TIME's Nation section, has unflappably presided over a raucous political year. Most recently she guided our coverage of the midterm elections, which culminated last week in the surprise resignation of Speaker Newt Gingrich. Born to American parents in Rome and educated in Paris, Painton always brings a fresh eye to political journalism, including her reporting on the campaigns of Jesse Jackson and Bill Clinton. "I love American politics," she says, "because the facts constantly contradict the conventional wisdom." Of the dozen cover stories she has edited this year, Painton is most proud of two that did not...

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