Mimi Swartz is executive editor of Texas Monthly, and the author, with Sherron Watkins, of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron. She has been a staff writer at Talk and the New Yorker.

The base where a mental-health counselor went on a deadly rampage, a sprawling complex in an economically depressed corner of Texas, is a stark reminder of the emotional tolls of war.

Meet D.C.'s new influencers: women whose grown-up kids free them from domestic distractions. Mimi Swartz talks to Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett about the high energy of a second phase.

A Dear John letter to David Plouffe, the architect of Barack Obama’s email juggernaut.