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On the Etymology of ‘Dogwasher’

Elizabeth Rubin’s long, detailed New York Times Magazine article about Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, mentions in passing that... More

O’Reilly ❤s Obama, but Not his Parents

Based on the evidence of his peculiar backhanded mash note to the president, published yesterday in Parade, it seems that... More

Putting the Senate Under Scrutiny

Post piece ably highlights the oddity of the upper house

Over the weekend, Alec MacGillis of The Washington Post had an excellent article on the peculiar nature of the U.S.... More

Q & A: Spencer Ackerman

Part one of a two-part interview with the national security reporter

The rise of Web-based journalism has brought forth an explosion of bright, young, often left-leaning reporters and bloggers. But at... More

The Economy Today: Hope for Jobs, After All?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the possibility of a “jobless recovery,” but The Wall Street Journal’s Justin... More

The Economy Today: Better than Expected

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

All the major outlets, including The Washington Post, report the news that “only” 247,000 jobs were lost in July, with... More

It’s Meant to be Seabiscuit, After All

Over at Politico, Michael Calderone has a post up noting that Washington Post TV critic Lisa de Moraes’s piece on... More

The Economy Today: New Jobs Report

Economic headlines from New Jersey, Minnesota, Maryland, and elsewhere

Jobs continue to disappear, but at a slower rate, The Wall Street Journal reports today, relaying data from the payroll... More

Learning the Wrong Lessons from The Daily Show

Once more into the “Mad Bitch” breech

Now that The Washington Post has owned up to pulling Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza’s “Mad Bitch” video, and writers... More

Better Late Than Never, Washington Post Edition

There’s no time stamp to indicate when it went up, but The Washington Post has now officially acknowledged that it... More

The Economy Today: Eye on Elkhart

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The major news outlets carry advance looks at President Barack Obama’s return trip to Elkhart, Ind., a Midwestern manufacturing town... More

The Economy Today: When Government Programs Go Clunk

Economic headlines from Texas, Nevada, and elsewhere

With the House in recess and GatesGate fading into the rearview mirror, the uncertain future of the federal government’s “Cash... More

Post Pulls Milbank’s “Mad Bitch” Video

But further explanations are still in order

When The Washington Post started drawing heat for its latest “Mouthpiece Theater” video, in which Post staffers Dana Milbank and... More

The Economy Today: Sorting Out the Stimulus

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, which have been tracking how the recession and the stimulus affect state and... More

Mouthpiece Theatre off the Air

The Washington Post “Mouthpiece Theater” video in which columnists Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza suggested that Hillary Clinton drink “Mad... More

Coverage of Obama “Suds Summit” Hard to Swallow

Top papers waste time covering irrelevant photo-op

The nation’s political media apparently decided to hold a little contest yesterday: Which outlets can produce the most gratuitous, the... More

Getting Adjusted

Post health care piece errs by using nominal dollars

Near the top of a long, interesting story in Sunday’s Washington Post, in which he argued that improved medical treatments... More

Two Takes on the U.S.-Pakistan Marriage

On the rocks, or on the mend? Or could it be both?

What’s the current status of the United States’s tortured, convoluted, unhappy marriage with Pakistan? If you’re someone who still prefers... More

The Economy Today: Feeling Beige

Economic headlines from Ohio, Indiana, and elsewhere

The Federal Reserve’s latest “beige book,” a summary of economic indicators from around the country, shows “a few more glints... More

The Economy Today: Housing Prices Stabilizing?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The New York Times leads today with the apparent steadying of the real estate market, as a widely used index... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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