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The Economy Today: A New New Deal in Tennessee

Economic headlines from New Jersey, Tennessee, Ohio, and elsewhere

The New York Times takes a front-page look today at a throwback approach to fighting unemployment: use government funds to... More

The Economy Today: Better Bad News on the Way?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The Wall Street Journal today takes an advance look at economic data slated to be released Friday and finds some... More

Today, it’s an Obama Gaffe

From Wikipedia: "A Kinsley gaffe or 'gaffe in Washington' in American politics is the term used for telling the truth... More

Further Thoughts on Mr. Cellophane

Megan’s already made the most important points about that odd “White House Memo” in today’s New York Times, but just... More

Post Publishes a Reply to Palin

Phrases used in Barbara Boxer and John Kerry’s reply to Sarah Palin’s Washington Post op-ed on cap-and-trade that weren’t used... More

Troubled Times for Transit Agencies

Over at The Nation, Ben Adler takes a look at an economic story that probably hasn’t gotten the coverage it... More

The Economy Today: Dow 9,000

Economic headlines from Maine, Texas, Montana, and elsewhere

The economy’s still down, but corporate profits are up, and so is the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Wall Street... More

A Few Wise Words on GatesGate

As Richard Thompson Ford writes in Slate today, many of the reactions to the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis... More

Pessimism on Af-Pak

An argument for “the good war” doesn’t quite deliver

I wanted to be persuaded by Peter Bergen’s argument in Washington Monthly about why the U.S. mission in Afghanistan can... More

George Will and Climate Change: Have We Seen This Movie Before?

He’s ba-ack. After igniting a firestorm in the blogosphere (and attracting some attention from mainstream media) with a February 15... More

The Economy Today: Football Stays Strong

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The national papers devote most of their space to President Barack Obama’s press conference last night, where, as The Washington... More

Everything’s a Crisis

The perils of prognosticating on Obama’s political future

Just six months in, Barack Obama’s political future is at stake on many fronts, according to the nation’s political press... More

Another Take on the Cost of That House Health Care Bill

A few days ago we noted the split between major papers and the Associated Press about how to characterize the... More

Transparency or Trillions?

Papers make different choices about what to highlight in IG report

One criticism commonly heard about the dread MSM is that all the major outlets are operating out of the same... More

The Economy Today: For the Birds

Economic headlines from California, Indiana, Texas, and elsewhere

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before a Congressional committee yesterday and told lawmakers he plans to keep interest rates... More

The Economy Today: Taxing Times

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

As a proposed surtax on top earners becomes the latest political football of the health care debate, The Wall Street... More

A Busy Couple of Days in Iran

The NYT and the LAT offer some strong reporting

After a relatively quiet period that left media outlets stepping back and taking stock, events in Iran picked up again... More

Keep On Shuffling

Bai’s argument about Obama doesn’t stand up to scrutiny

I’m as sympathetic as any writer to the columnist’s need to come up with an argument on demand. But in... More

The Economy Today: Have We Met Before?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

What’s a shady subprime mortgage broker to do when the housing market goes belly-up? Become a shady loan modification firm... More

Still More on Sotomayor

I know from anecdotal experience that my views about the value of the Senate hearings on Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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