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Cover: Illustration by Dale Stephanos
Tammy Duckworth ("Unbreakable") told Mother Jones' national security reporter and fellow vet Adam Weinstein he'd been lucky to fly in a copter with a leaky transmission; that's how pilots know there's any fluid at all.
2 Danny Wilcox Frazier put 3,000 miles on his Toyota 4×4 chasing candidates with his camera.
Staff reporter 3 Tim Murphy cyberstalked Obama's top geek ("Harper Reed's Machine Can't Read Your Mind—Yet") because the campaign wouldn't talk; his colleague 4 Adam Serwer ("'You Can't Equate Your Sin With My Skin'") watched Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. sermonize without missing a music cue.
5 Kristina Rizga is writing a book about her time at San Francisco's Mission High ("Everything You've Heard About Failing Schools Is Wrong") art for that story is by Bay Area photographers Winni Wintermeyer and Lianne Milton and illustrator 6 Jon Krause, who can boast of having drawn for both Playboy and Government Executive.