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West Wing sources come clean about the backstabbing, the bullying, the distrust, and the buzzing flies.

In his high-profile, high-priced hire of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, NBC News chief Andy Lack placed a major bet on star power. But Lack's biggest, priciest talent, Today’s Matt Lauer, provides something of a cautionary tale. With morning news being one of the last mass television markets, its personalities can draw fire as well as ratings.

While one sister coolly leveraged her father's favor into a business of her own -- and an influential behind-the-scenes role in his campaign and transition team -- the other is still finding her place in the family.

For 20 years, Roger Ailes did as he pleased at Fox News. Then former anchor Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment--and suddenly Rupert Murdoch, who'd long had his back, wasn't there. How the most powerful man in cable news was toppled in 16 whirlwind days.

As the tragic pattern of gun violence continues, federal gun laws remain unchanged, thanks to the hardball tactics of the National Rifle Association. But the N.R.A. does face a genuine threat: a growing divide between its ferocious leadership and sportsman rank-and-file.

In 2012, after more than three decades producing hits such as E.T., Jurassic Park, and Schindler's List, Kathleen Kennedy was handpicked by George Lucas to head Lucasfilm.

Lawyers! Aides! Advisers! No presidential candidate has ever been as defended as Hillary Clinton. The tight-lipped human wall she has raised is also a major liability.

In an exclusive, Vanity Fair's Sarah Ellison speaks to three former supporters of "Jackie," the woman at the center of a now discredited Rolling Stone article about an alleged gang rape, and takes stock of a horrific year on campus.

Vanity Fair, September 2015

A posse of top reporters run the numbers -- and unearth some surprising facts -- for the most important visionaries, investors, and cultural leaders in "the Year of the Unicorn."

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and political activist Sean Eldridge were once the ultimate team, but Hughes's controversial purchase of The New Republic and Eldridge's failed run for Congress made the once-heroes villains.

Vanity Fair, January 2014

Once one of the most popular prime ministers in Britain's history, Tony Blair is now reviled at home for his role in the Iraq war and the lucrative consulting career he's built since leaving office.

Vanity Fair, January 2014

When a crusading but conflict-averse billionaire bankrolls several of journalism's most prominent mavericks to create a hard-nosed investigative news organization, it's a recipe for turmoil.

A week after the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times, the newspaper's publisher had much to say about the coverage thus far (some of which he characterized as "lies") -- and revealed second thoughts about his own decision-making.

Vanity Fair, April 2014

"Every person remembers some moment in their life where they witnessed some injustice, big or small, and looked away, because the consequences of intervening seemed too intimidating. But there's a limit to the amount of incivility and inequality and inhumanity that each individual can tolerate. I crossed that line. And I'm no longer alone."

Vanity Fair, October 2013

Julian Assange hasn't set foot outside Ecuador's London embassy in more than a year--avoiding extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault. But physical confinement seems only to enhance his reach.

Vanity Fair, September 2013

Though Princess Diana's August 1997 death forever linked her to a flashy playboy named Dodi Al Fayed, that fatal Paris tryst may have been intended as a message to the man she'd just broken up with--Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan--the only one who would never use or betray her.

Vanity Fair, November 2012

Piers Morgan rose from Britain's tabloid swamps to fill one of the most coveted chairs in TV news, replacing Larry King at CNN in 2011. In the U.K., he's seen by many as a publicity hound. In the U.S., his problem is being seen at all.

Vanity Fair, June 2012

With the scandal at Rupert Murdoch's British papers engulfing his BSkyB network -- and perhaps even threatening Fox -- the empire is in full damage-control mode. Not even Murdoch's son James is immune as News Corp., bent on reshaping its image, feeds fresh evidence to the police.

Vanity Fair, April 2012

Despite The Washington Post's history of swashbuckling journalism, its business strategy has been deeply conservative. Can the heirs to Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee's legacy save the Post from a lack of vision?

Vanity Fair, December 2011

Among the repercussions of the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal, the most mysterious has been its effect on Rupert Murdoch's family. But the balance of power continues to shift, Sarah Ellison discovers how the Murdochs coalesced and splintered as the crisis raged.

Vanity Fair, November 2011

As the phone-hacking scandal threatens Rupert Murdoch's empire, people are opening up about the fear he instilled in British society. And while denial is still rife inside News Corp., the author hears how its supposedly hands-off chairman spawned a culture of coarseness and brutality.

Vanity Fair, June 2011

It started when the News of the World hacked into the voice mails of the British royal household, in 2005, touching off a scandal that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. -- and, apparently, the British authorities -- tried to contain. After a score of lawsuits and new arrests, the cover-up is falling apart.

Vanity Fair, February 2011

The collaboration between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and some of the world's most respected news organizations began at The Guardian, a nearly 200-year-old British paper. What followed was a clash of civilizations as Guardian editors and their colleagues at The New York Times and other media outlets struggled to corral a whistle-blowing stampede amid growing distrust and anger. With Assange detained in the U.K., the author reveals the story behind the headlines.

Sarah Ellison's journey inside Rupert Murdoch's new war -- against the New York Times and stuffy American journalism.

The soon-to-be-unveiled Verizon iPhone is the answer to many consumers' prayers. But a deal with Apple will test the company that Ivan Seidenberg has spent his career building.

As Rupert Murdoch's jaws closed around The Wall Street Journal, editor Marcus Brauchli became the latest in a long line of editors who thought they could win over the conquering mogul. Brauchli set about feverishly redesigning the paper while maneuvering to fend off Murdoch's designated publisher, Robert Thomson, and maintain the newsroom's independence. In an excerpt from her new book, the author reveals how quickly the hope of the paper's old regime died.