Jamie Dean

Jamie is WORLD’s national editor based in Charlotte, N.C. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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The gospel according to Pete

Politics | Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks often of his religion—but he tailors it to fit his politics, and it focuses on works over faith
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/16/20, 07:54 am

On the Saturday before New Year’s Day, Notre Dame trounced Iowa State in the annual Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The contest wasn’t close: The Fighting Irish pummeled the Cyclones 33-9.

The next week, Pete Buttigieg finished an eight-year run as mayor of South Bend, Ind., the midsize city adjacent to Notre Dame’s campus. And he turned his full attention to fighting a contest of his own in Iowa.

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Fault lines and fissures

News analysis | A series of earthquakes—both real and symbolic—shook the ground and exposed divides during the first weeks of 2020
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/16/20, 07:38 am

An earthquake comes with little warning, but it’s possible to notice the effects of a tremor before feeling the earth move. A few days after Haiti’s massive earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, I noticed pieces of loose stone falling from a wall moments before I realized the earth was rumbling in an aftershock. 

On Jan. 2, 2020, a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, but the dramatic moment followed signs that the ground was shifting. U.S. Gen. David Petraeus once called Soleimani “a truly evil figure.” 

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A 30-ring circus

News analysis | Tribulations and trials highlight a fortnight’s news 
by Jamie Dean
Posted 11/21/19, 10:17 am

During the 1970s, former advertising executive Jerry Mander wrote about the early days of television, when only three channels existed: “It was as if the whole nation had gathered at a gigantic three-ring circus. Those who watched the bicycle act believed their experience was different from that of those who watched the gorillas or the flame eater, but everyone was at the same circus.”

The first two weeks of November felt more like a 30-ring circus in American news and politics, but many viewers watching the same act in the same ring weren’t seeing the same thing. 

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