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Koch vs. Koch

By Daniel Schulman

Corporate espionage. Messy divorces. Sailing skulduggery. For America's most powerful family, taking on Obama is just one more knock-down, drag-out fight.

We Can Code It!

By Tasneem Raja

It's time to unlock the tech economy for the rest of us.

Life Is Cheap

By Tim Murphy

Can DeVone Boggan slash his city's murder rate by paying people not to kill?

The Defenders

By Jason Fagone

How a squad of ex-cops in Ft. Lauderdale learned to question authority and give accused criminals a fighting chance.

Children Crossing

By Ian Gordon

Officials have been stunned by a "surge" of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border.

OutFront

Mixed Media

Food + Health

Contributors

Patrick Caldwell spent hours manipulating the federal courts' archaic records system to document Eugene Scalia's efforts to thwart financial reform ("Strict Obstructionist"); the story's illustration is by 1 Daniel Adel, whose painting of George W. Bush is in the National Portrait Gallery.

Michael W. Robbins ("Hell on Wheels") is the editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

For his new book, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, 2 Daniel Schulman conducted hundreds of interviews with friends, family, and the eldest of the four Koch brothers ("Koch vs. Koch"); the piece's art is by Miriam Migliazzi and Mart Klein, who are often, but not always, based in Germany.

3 Tasneem Raja ("We Can Code It!") was first captivated by computers as a grade-schooler navigating the DOS command line to install games.

4 Jason Fagone ("The Defenders") is a contributing editor at Wired and the author of Ingenious, a book on inventors and the future of cars; 5 Tristan Spinski reports that Charles Bronson "would have to stand on his mom's shoulders to measure up" to the ex-cops he photographed for the piece.

6 Ian Gordon's reporting on immigration ("Children Crossing") was supported by the French-American Foundation.

Daniel Adel Tasneem Raja
Daniel Schulman
Jason Fagone Ian Gordon
Tristan Spinski