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Ben Smith is not an old-school political reporter

Thirty-five-year-old Ben Smith reports on national politics for Politico from a rent-a-desk writers’ workspace on the first floor of... More

Back to Watergate Era “Bags of Cash”?

NPR on what was illegal then is “fair game” now

“The pre-Watergate bags of cash are back,” declares MSNBC’s First Read this morning, pointing to a New York Times piece... More

Found: Coverage of FEC “Stalemate”

ProPublica’s Marian Wang describes in a piece posted yesterday the ongoing “gridlock” at the Federal Election Commission (the agency, Wang... More

ProPublica’s Rad Redistricting Music Video

Nearly as catchy as “Fifty Nifty United States” and undoubtedly more edifying than a semester in Mr. Lewis's fourth period... More

NYT Lets You Play Political Donor

Want to give $1 million to Herman Cain's presidential effort but don't want the public to be privy to your... More

GOP Debate: Animal Planet or Wizard of Oz

Today is the day when columnists in our capital compare the GOP presidential candidates to nonhumans and liken the experience... More

New Yorker on Art Pope’s “Singular Influence Machine”

North Carolina, Jane Mayer writes, is a “state for sale”

Just over a year ago, The New Yorker published Jane Mayer’s widely-discussed look at the “covert operations” of the “billionaire... More

Obama Campaign Shows Fundraising “Strength”?

Reuters, AP (and NYT) offer differing takes

Should Team Obama be feeling optimistic or concerned about its fundraising prospects this election cycle? That depends. It depends, of... More

Count the Chris Christie Headlines…

…appearing on Politico’s home page right now (here's a screen shot): I spy these four highly informative headlines: "Christie Still... More

Profiling Paint Creek

CBS News, NYT point the way

So, you’re a member of the national media tasked with heading to west Texas to capture for your non-west Texas... More

“The National Media” and Perry

Some interesting bits from Politico’s recent piece on "the hunger for information" about Rick Perry and how “the Texas press... More

Covering Rick Perry: “Exciting!”

Three out of five MSNBC talking heads agree (the other two at the table didn't weigh in): they’d rather cover... More

You Made Your Tweet…

...now wear it. From a wearable technology workshop somewhere inside Microsoft's headquarters comes: The Printing Dress (h/t, joonbug). This black... More

Richmond Times-Dispatch Ad Pull(ed)out

Granted, I'm not fluent in advertising jargon, but it looks to me like this “special advertising pullout” in the Richmond... More

Pres. Obama at Dover

President Obama canceled a scheduled event in Virginia today and, "assuming the grimmest role of his job," as the Associated... More

By the Numbers: New Yorker’s Bachmann Profile

The following is a list of words you will encounter (and number of times) in Ryan Lizza’s fascinating, detail-packed New... More

Pack of Gum, PAC of Candidate

WaPo on frequent political impulse spenders

What “phenomenon” will the Washington Post’s T.W. Farnam find next within the rows and columns of politicians’ campaign finance reports?... More

Almost Famous (2000)

Who’s afraid of Rolling Stone?

Beware, beware, Rolling Stone magazine... Music, inarguably, is the hero, the emotional engine in Almost Famous, the Cameron Crowe-written, -directed... More

Ready, Set… Comment!

Wonder how the conversation went in the New York Times newsroom that led to this story being placed on the... More

Murdoch, “Humble,” in Global Headlines

Below, a look at how the most recent turns in the phone hacking scandal—yesterday's testimony to Parliament from Rupert and... 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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