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Bad News for Ben Nelson?

The Cornhusker Kickback still grates on Nebraskans

A few days ago, I found myself a visitor in Lincoln, Nebraska, a city where I cut my teeth as... More

Finishing The Treatment

The New Republic ends its health care blog

Campaign Desk was sorry to see Jonathan Cohn’s last post on The New Republic’s health reform blog, The Treatment. Cohn... More

The Devil in the Details, Part VIII

What’s really in store for seniors on Medicare?

Health reform is now the law of the land, and the 2,000 or so pages of the legislation contain lots... More

The White House vs. the Associated Press

Is talking to the insurance industry off limits?

Linda Douglass, who works at the White House Office of Health Reform, smacked the AP last week for its “so-called... More

The Best-Covered News Story, Ever?

Does The New Republic live on Mars?

Last week, The New Republic turned over its health care blog “The Treatment” to an odd commenter on media coverage—University... More

Laurel to Denver’s Westword

For explaining how insurance companies behave

It was a riveting tale that reporter Alan Prendergast told in Westword, the Denver alternative weekly. Graphically and methodically, he... More

The Devil in the Details, Part VII

Can insurers still dump you when you get sick?

Health reform is now the law of the land, and the 2,000 or so pages of the legislation contain lots... More

At Last, the Press Discovers the Consumer Story

How will health reform affect you and me?

A few days ago I stopped by a medical clinic in Greenwich Village; the waiting room was abuzz with talk... More

Bob Reich on the What-It-All Means Question

No paw prints of the Great Society here

In a column yesterday on Talking Points Memo, former Secretary of Labor Bob Reich got to an issue that has... More

An Rx for Reporting

Yesterday’s strategies failed on the health-reform story. Now what?

Just before Christmas, a CNN poll asked Americans whether they favored or opposed the health-reform bills moving through Congress. Forty-two... More

A P.S. on WellPoint

Deconstructing the insurer’s grassroots campaign

Let it be known to friend and foe alike that WellPoint was at the health reform table. The ill-timed rate... More

The Meaning of Those CBO Numbers

Smoke and mirrors and the doctor fix

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) numbers released at the end of last week gave the House Democrats the ammo they were... More

Social Security’s Code Words

Erskine Bowles takes the stage

Those who consider themselves Social Security mavens know the name Erskine Bowles. Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, and currently... More

Parsing the AP’s Health Care Primer

Its attempt at informing falls short

The Associated Press has been an important voice in the health care debate. So it was disappointing to see its... More

The President Pushes against Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

But what do those terms really mean?

The president has a sales job to do if he wants the American people to get behind whatever reform emerges... More

Is the Past Prologue?

The pedigree of Alan Simpson

Before too many weeks pass, I want to comment on an illuminating Gray Matters column by Saul Friedman, an old... More

Medicare Kicks Out Fox Insurance

And therein lie some lessons for the press

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) took strong action the other day when it kicked Fox Insurance out... More

What Was Sebelius Saying?

David Gregory didn’t probe too deeply

The president and his staff have brought us to the stump-speech stage of health reform: the familiar talking points, the... More

Regulating Health Care, Part III

When is an insurance company too small to cover?

The pols and the advocacy groups have told us for months that health reform is supposed to produce tighter regulation... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part X

Unintended consequences for low-income workers

Four years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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