Tara Scannell

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Photos: Five Reasons to Think Taylor Swift Is John Mayer’s “Paper Doll”

On Tuesday, John Mayer unveiled a new song, called “Paper Doll,” that many on the Internet figured was written about his erstwhile girlfriend Taylor Swift—perhaps as a late rebuttal to her 2010 lyrical open letter “Dear John.” MTV and various gossip outlets argued that Mayer’s line “Someone’s gonna …

“Lottie Wales” and Other Names Will and Kate Might Give Their Baby

Not “too posh to push,” says the *Daily Mail*of the Duchess of Cambridge’s birthing plan: Kate will give birth in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, the same wing that saw the birth of Prince William in 1982. But who will hold Kate’s hand as she embarks <i>au naturel?</i> Sources say that …

Book doctor: What can I read to improve my writing?

I am 11 years old. I like reading and am interested in what books it would be good for me to read to improve my writing skills.<br>Surya<p>As your question …

3 questions and a habit for writing better ledes

Ledes seem so simple. After all, they’re a way to get those initial thoughts down on paper before any hint of writer’s block enters into the equation. So what makes them so complicated?<p>The difficulty lies in the importance. Your initial paragraph is a first impression on anywhere from a handful of …

The Ongoing Story: Twitter and Writing

I was in the <i>Time</i> magazine archives recently, doing research for my biography of J. D. Salinger, when I pulled open a drawer and found a small box containing a bunch of discarded typewriter heads for the I.B.M. Selectric typewriter—the cutting-edge writing technology of my youth. I had written, or …

10 words and phrases we never want to see in travel writing again

WE’VE SEEN THEM too many times, and now they sound tired, strained, and cheesy — and at Matador, that’s definitely not what we’re about.<p>Really? Are …

Travel Writing

Naval Academy charges 3 in assault

The Naval Academy charged three football players on Wednesday in connection with an alleged sexual assault that took place last year at an off-campus party, the latest in a rash of such cases that have embarrassed the armed services and put them under a congressional microscope.<p>In addition to the …

Anti-Immigration Reform Crusader Steve King Feels The Tea Party Love

The Iowa Republican and immigration hardliner holds a six-hour "press conference" to protest the Senate's immigration bill. "I didn't know when we started out this morning if I might be standing here alone till 5 o'clock tonight," he said.<p>WASHINGTON — Steve King was prepared to talk about …

A sensible coin could save a mint

While Congress struggles to find common ground on our nation’s deficit, there’s a bipartisan delegation of senators from five states working on one common-sense budget savings proposal: eliminating the dollar bill in favor of the dollar coin and saving taxpayers $4.5 billion without raising taxes …

W.H. seeks NBA assist on Obamacare

Could LeBron James be the next spokesman for Obamacare?<p>The Obama administration has reached out to the NBA about a potential marketing partnership to promote the health law, POLITICO has learned.<p>The news, revealed recently by Massachusetts officials who have been in contact with the administration, …

Obama calls for reduction in nuclear arms in broad-brush Berlin speech

Barack Obama called for a renaissance in the shared liberal values that underpin western nations on Wednesday as he announced plans to cut nuclear …