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Doris Kearns Goodwin On Lincoln And His 'Team Of Rivals.'

In Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains how the 16th president brought into his cabinet three powerful men who politically opposed him. She spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2005.

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 8, 2005.

41:02

'Vanity Fair' Writer: Is Washington Beyond Fixing?

Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum followed President Obama and his advisers around for a day this summer. He says the modern-day presidency would be unrecognizable to previous chief executives -- "thanks to the enormous bureaucracy, congressional paralysis, systematic corruption and disintegrating media."

36:27

Matt Latimer, Struck 'Speech-Less' By The D.C. Noise

Matt Latimer, speechwriter to President George W. Bush during his last months in office, says his old boss didn't always stick to the script. His new tell-all memoir recounts more than one startling comment that Latimer says his boss made behind closed doors.

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