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The Personal and the Political

The debt-ceiling deadlock isn’t about Obama and Boehner’s relationship

As the debt ceiling standoff drags on and on, imperiling America’s creditworthiness and pushing other issues off the agenda, it’s... More

An #askObama Takeaway: Public has questions about housing, education policy

Will the White House press corps get the message?

In the wake of yesterday’s “Twitter townhall,” The Boston Globe put together an interesting infographic comparing Twitter users’ #askObama questions... More

A kingmaker for the invisible primary

Yesterday, we published an interview I conducted with Hans Noel, co-author of the 2008 book The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations... More

How to Understand the ‘Invisible Primary’

An interview with Georgetown professor Hans Noel

The 2012 Iowa caucuses are still seven months away, but Republican presidential hopefuls are already well into the “invisible primary”—a... More

Economic Policy-makers Go MIA

National Journal on the holes in Obama’s team

The focus in the political press today is all about whether Congressional Republicans, having extracted promises from the White House... More

Said and Unsaid

Which topics the press asks about—and which ones it doesn’t—at Obama’s press conferences

How was the media’s performance at this week’s presidential press conference? With one or two exceptions, pretty good. In addition... More

Globe Delivers its Verdict on Romneycare

A good—if imperfect—example of policy-oriented reporting

On Sunday, the Boston Globe published the second installment in its two-part series on “Romneycare,” the Massachusetts health care overhaul... More

Wemple’s Blog Launches at WaPo Site

Flagging a welcome new addition to the media beat: Erik Wemple, formerly of the Washington City Paper and TBD.com, is... More

Attack of the Drones

Finding the real meaning in Obama’s Afghanistan speech

In the wake of President Obama’s big speech on Afghanistan last night, the basic points of his message—a reversal of... More

Times Series on Group-Home Abuses Gets Results

Danny Hakim’s report on a new agreement between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s largest public-employee union contains... More

Huntsman as McCain Redux

And why the similarities create perils for the press

Jon Huntsman may be stuck at the bottom of early polls for the Republican nomination for president, but, as CNN’s... More

Politico Explores Talk Radio’s Pay-For-Play Practices

Are deals for Limbaugh, Beck a harbinger?

Politico reporters Ken Vogel and Lucy McCalmont had an interesting, well-reported story Wednesday about the inner workings of what’s been... More

A Broken Lede

The government isn’t “broke.” Reporters should stop saying it is.

The Associated Press has an important story today about the fairly horrifying condition of many state budgets. On its site,... More

Hawkery—and Hackery—from Hiatt

Post column misleads on health care reform

In his latest column, which chides President Obama for choosing “easier politics over harder truths” when dealing with America’s fiscal... More

Pawlenty’s Economic Fantasy

A mixed showing from the press as the GOP contender sets out his plan

In his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has tried to cast himself as a... More

Nobody Loves Rick

Skeptical coverage for Santorum’s entry to the presidential race

Say this much for Rick Santorum: As a former senator who’s been hard at work cultivating support in the early... More

On Monetary Policy and Presidential Politics

The next election may depend on the economy. So where are the efforts to fix it?

In today’s New York Times, Binyamin Appelbaum notes what is thus far one of the most salient facts of the... More

The Journal Takes on Tim Pawlenty

A good start, but there’s more to be done

It’s a common complaint around here that campaign coverage focuses too much on the horse race, and not enough on... More

Covering the Cain Campaign

Herman Cain’s probably not a serious candidate. That doesn’t mean the press shouldn’t cover him.

If you headed out early for the Memorial Day weekend, you probably missed an interesting bit of blogosphere back-and-forth about... More

Did ‘Disaffecteds’ Sink Corwin?

Another angle on the Medicare debate in NY-26

In my first look at the special election in NY-26 (since partially retracted), I wrote that the Tea Party candidate,... 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


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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