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Social Security in the Heartland: Jude Love

What Social Security means to real people

This is the seventh in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

USA Today’s Mixed-Up Message

What exactly did the deficit commission do?

On Friday, USA Today reported that the president’s fiscal commission “approved a plan today to cut federal deficits by $3.9... More

NPR Plays Ebenezer Scrooge

Another lopsided Social Security story

It was really hard to tell whether NPR’s Morning Edition segment yesterday—part of the program’s “Ghosts of Debts Past, Present... More

CBS Fumbles Again

A lopsided report on Social Security

If there were prizes given for the most one-sided, misleading story about Social Security this year, a segment aired on... More

A Curious Omission at the Times

Three Social Security proposals, or two?

It was puzzling to see Jackie Calmes’s brief story in The New York Times last week with its provocative headline:... More

Enterprise Reporting at the AP

The retirement age debate finally reaches the public

Kudos to the AP for obtaining a report from the government’s watchdog agency, the General Accountability Office (GAO), showing that... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jim Bean

What Social Security means to real people

This is the sixth in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

The Education of Congressman-Elect Andy Harris

What does he know about health insurance?

Politico published a rather astonishing story yesterday that should make the constituents of Maryland’s first congressional district scratch their heads... More

Well, What Do You Know, Sherlock?

The media discover Social Security

Ouch! That was the media’s general reaction yesterday to the ideas in the report issued by the co-chairs of the... More

The Education of Sen. Bennet

NPR passes along misinformation about Social Security

The squeaker victory of Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet landed him a spot on NPR’s Morning Edition the other day, and... More

Yes, Virginia, it Really Was a Republican Plan

Sunday, the president admitted to Steve Kroft of CBS that the health reform law now known in the vernacular as... More

What Should John Boehner Do?

Kaiser asks the health cognoscenti

One of the more interesting and informative pieces of journalism to cross my computer screen in recent months was a... More

The Election Story Not Told

The irony of health reform

For months we knew that health reform was in big trouble. Tuesday night, we found out how big. Health care... More

Medicare Beat Memo

What the campaign advertising missed

There are some uncomfortable truths about Medicare changes lurking in the health reform law. Because the pols on both sides... More

Setting the Record Straight on Campaign Ads

Who’s telling the truth about Medicare?

Pity the senior citizens in the voting booth Tuesday. Who should they believe about Medicare—the Dems and their surrogates, who... More

Social Security in Perspective, Part II

A conversation with Alicia Munnell

Proposals to change the Social Security system are fast taking shape, and many of them call for substantial benefit cuts... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jennifer Putman

What Social Security means to real people

This is the fifth of a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

Health Care and the Massachusetts Governor’s Race

Kudos to WBUR

Through the long reform debate, health care and Massachusetts went together like love and marriage—or so the media told us.... More

CBS Story Short but Not So Sweet

Skimpy info in the network’s take on retirement age

I am not quite sure what point CBS Evening News had in mind a few days ago when it aired... More

A Laurel to the Seattle Times

For investigating the state’s adult care homes

We’ve become accustomed to newspaper exposes of nursing homes. But other places that house the frail elderly are another matter.... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

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