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The Rules of the Game by Leonard Downie Jr.
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May 03, 2009

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Read just after Alexandra Berzon of LV Sun won (as part of team) the public service Pulitzer for coverage of construction deaths at CityCenter in LV and on LV Strip.

Main character is a young aggressive woman reporter at Washington Capital. (Downie is former editor at WashPost, which won many Pulitzers during his tenure).

Sarah Page is the heroine who uncovers corruption, almost gets killed several times, gets stymied on several stories by the female U.S. president herself.

In one case, the president announces the gist of Page's research at a press conference, to make the administration look good.

In another, the president successfully squelches a source's ambivalence, who had been thinking of going on the record w. Page about a scandal in the president's past.

Story harks back to dynamic female candidate and elderly presidential candidate in McCain-Palin GOP ticket in 2008 race. It also uses the W Bush administration era as the setting into which the new woman president steps. (She becomes pres by untimely death of her pres. running mate, due to a fall caused by his unpublicized Parkinson's disease).


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