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I'm listening to WAMU, the Washington NPR affiliate, in the car on the way to work, and I hear a reporter describe Vince Gray as "mayor-elect." Gray defeated Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary yesterday, but this, of course, does not make him "mayor-elect." Gray has to win the November election for mayor before he gets to be called "mayor-elect." He will win the race, of course, because Washington, D.C. is a one-party entity, but still, journalists should probably have a bit more respect for the technical election process here.

By the way -- and this is Goldblog Hobby-Horse Number 73 -- one of the reasons we residents of Washington, D.C., suffer from taxation without representation is the one-party nature of this city. Republicans have every incentive in the world to deny us voting representation in Congress. I've always thought that voters in Washington who are interested in enfranchisement ought to vote more strategically. But that's just me.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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