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A Voice for the Unemployed

Yahoo!’s haunting look at the lives of the long-term jobless

Had your fill of reading about who stormed out on whom, and who called whom “childish,” in the umpteenth round... More

New Jersey Politics: Not So Much Like National Politics

A word to national political reporters looking to find broader meaning in Chris Christie’s dealings with New Jersey Democrats, or... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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