Ideas Writer

David Scharfenberg

David Scharfenberg is an editorial writer and staff writer for the Globe’s Ideas section. He previously worked as a reporter in the Globe’s State House bureau. A graduate of Brown University, he has written for The New York Times and The Providence Journal and was a radio reporter at WBUR in Boston.

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Bernie Sanders says Citizens United has been ‘disastrous.’ Is he right?

By , Globe Staff

On the tenth anniversary of the controversial Supreme Court decision, a sharp debate over whether money really matters in politics.


Explainer: The McKinsey controversy

By , Globe Staff

The elite management consulting firm faces scrutiny for its ICE contract.


The Buttigieg Option

By , Globe Staff

Mayor Pete isn't the first Democratic candidate for president who's tried to wedge himself between the party's moderate and liberal wings. But he's the first one to get traction.

Michael A. Cohen

Republicans’ pathetic defense against impeachment

By Michael A. Cohen ,

When your best defense is that the president is too incompetent to be a criminal, you’ve truly hit rock bottom. Sooner or later, Republicans are going to have to accept reality.