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North Korean Newspaper Goes English on Web

Last month, on the occasion of the passing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, I reviewed the 1983 Pyongyang-published book,... More

Best of 2011: Liz Cox Barrett

From Nevada to Paint Creek, Barrett picks her top stories from 2011

Unpacking Rory Reid’s 91 PACs Maneuver Where there are campaign finance laws, there are work-arounds. And Jon Ralston, as... More

The Great Teacher of Journalists: Kim Jong-il

How the Dear Leader was (and was not) like your editor

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il has died. A couple of days, perhaps, after the Dear Leader passed, the state news... More

Hints of Ben Smith’s BuzzFeed Move?

Early today, Politico's Ben Smith announced that he will be "giving up this blog" (the recently renamed and relaunched "Ben... More

Immediate Returns

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

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

The Center for Public Integrity’s response to ABC News

“I urge you to go to your reporters and engage in serious self-examination”

The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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