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Left, Right, and Center: A budget analysis roundup

A budget worth shellacking or perfect politics?

We’ve all had a day or so to chew over President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget—a $3.7 trillion plan that... More

Meet the Iowa Press

Local reporters in demand at caucus time

A New York political reporter once asked me during an interview: “Who’s that guy who gets his ring kissed... More

More on Current TV and Olbermann

Yesterday I wrote about Keith Olbermann’s move to Current TV, a move I argued was a touch depressing. One of... More

Nikki Finke: pretty blonde in a green Toyota. Who cares?

I am going to give The Daily the benefit of the doubt and assume that the woman in the “peppermint... More

After AOL/HuffPo Merger, a Columnist Jumps Ship

Politics Daily’s Matt Lewis won’t work for Arianna

Following the weekend announcement that AOL was acquiring The Huffington Post, we wondered what would become of AOL’s political news... More

Olbermann’s Big Gamble?

Maybe, maybe not: Current TV is a very unsure bet

The Al Gore-founded Current TV has been called many things since it first went to air on August 1, 2005—and... More

Mercury News “Sponsored Bills” Reporter nominated for a Goldsmith

San Jose Mercury News reporter Karen de Sa has been nominated for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, annually handed... More

Politico, Heal Thyself

The first step to recovery is acknowledging you have a problem

Kudos to John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei for their narrative-dissecting essay, “How Obama plays media like a fiddle.” In... More

Will HuffProse Infect AOL?

The politics of the Huffington Post/AOL merger

The announcement that AOL will acquire the Huffington Post, and that Arianna Huffiington will take control of all AOL content... More

“Bill, I know football.”

O’Reilly and Obama in the Fox Bowl

So, it turns out Bill O’Reilly and the president give a better pregame show than Christina Aguilera. In the fifteen-minute... More

HuffPo Goes Underwater for Mortgage Story

Tip of the hat to a housing crisis report

A deep Friday tip of the hat to HuffPo’s Ryan Grim, Arthur Delaney, and Lucia Graves for their lengthy... More

“The iPad is Awesome,” Says iPad Newspaper

And so does Gabrielle Giffords in offensive new Daily story

Say what you will about The Daily—and we’ve already thrown our two cents in on the first issue—but there sure... More

Milbank’s Nasty Missive from the Press Secretary

Jay Carney may not be reporters’ best friend

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, in one of his first columns in a self-imposed Palin-free month—though he has a very... More

Too moderate, too foreign, too Obama: next!

Huntsman, Jr. dismissed before he gets out of the gate?

The U.S. ambassador to China, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., officially confirmed his resignation yesterday, handing President Obama a letter stating... More

Politico’s Wicked Sense of Humor

Politico satires Politico

We gave a shaky “thumbs down” to Politico’s new site, Politico 2012 LIVE, yesterday, describing it as “Politico Poutine—fried-up regular... 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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