Back in 2010, before she became executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson sent me a handwritten attaboy note about a big story. It still hangs in my cubicle: “You wrote a story about the trashing of a once great American institution and people never tire of that.”

Jill loved juicy stories, the ones full of subtext, intrigue and very high stakes. Now she is right in the middle of one.

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