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is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal
who covers national politics. Wallsten joined the Journal in October 2009 from the Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It was the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008 and the fourth most widely distributed newspaper in the country....
, where he authored, with Tom Hamburger, One Party Country
One Party Country refers to the Republican Party's vision for long term electoral supremacy in the United States through a generation-long effort to develop its political infrastructure, its knowledge of voter motivations, and by appealing to voter demographics that have traditionally leaned to the...
: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century
A graduate of the University of North Carolina
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and a Chapel Hill
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native, he worked previously at the Miami Herald
, St. Petersburg Times
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, Charlotte Observer
and the Congressional Quarterly
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. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Wallsten is partially blind as a result of Stargardt disease, which is a genetically inherited form of macular degeneration. In June 2006, this caused an exchange of words with President George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Before that, he was the 46th Governor of Texas, having served from 1995 to 2000....
at a White House press conference. Unaware of the journalist's medical condition, the president questioned Wallsten's need to wear sunglasses when the sun wasn't visible. Bush later apologized for the incident.