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Best of 2009: Trudy Lieberman

Lieberman picks her top stories from 2009

1. The "Baucus Watch" series: Sixteen posts that describe the machinations, in-fighting, and political pressure on the Senate Finance Committee... More

Setting the Record Straight

The president, the press, and the public option

In an interview with The Washington Post yesterday, President Barack Obama rejected criticism that he had compromised too much just... More

An Oops at USA Today

Exactly what was Ben Nelson’s position?

Waiting in a train station in Bath, England, yesterday as I wondered what was happening with health reform, I spotted... More

The Devil in the Details, Part IV

Who benefits from wellness incentives—an overweight colleague, your boss, insurers, or you?

Every lobbyist swarming Capitol Hill these days knows that, when it comes to legislation, the devil is always lurking in... More

Covering Joe

Is Lieberman a villain, or just taking care of the folks at home?

Any student of politics or any journalist who covers politics knows that members of Congress look out for their constituents,... More

A Shout-out to the Associated Press

For exposing a big loophole in the health reform bill

Back in August, Campaign Desk pointed out that President Obama’s much-ballyhooed consumer protections required the media’s critical eye as legislation... More

The Next Most Underreported Health Reform Story

What will happen to SCHIP?

Where are the chips falling, so to speak, when it comes to the popular State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)?... More

The Botox Beat

Using the press to fight a proposed tax on cosmetic surgery

First came the medical device makers and now the plastic surgeons. Both groups have a problem. You see, Congress wants... More

What’s So Public about a Public Plan?

The language says it all

Word comes from Politico that maybe—just maybe—the Senate is nearing a deal on the public option. You remember—that larger-than-life legislative... More

The Most Underreported Health Reform Story

And the senator from Nebraska

Friday night the Senate gave grudging support to a provision in its health reform bill—the so-called CLASS Act, short for... More

The Headlines Tell Us Everything

The Congressional Budget Office weighs in on premiums

The release of the Congressional Budget Office’s report this week predicting how health reform might affect insurance premiums dished up... More

Yes, Virginia, There Really Are Cost Controls

What miracle will bring down the price of medical care?

At this point in the health reform debate, press coverage is beginning to sound a lot like 1993-94, when the... More

The Man in the Middle

What Jeremy Devor’s story tells us about health reform

Meet Jeremy Devor, a technician with an associate degree in engineering, who lives in Salem, Illinois, a town of about... More

Missing Persons Redux

Insuring those at the very bottom

Last Monday night, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer devoted air time to an exchange between two former secretaries of Health... More

The Devil in the Details, Part III

Is this really insurance reform?

Every lobbyist swarming Capitol Hill these days knows that, when it comes to legislation, the devil is always lurking in... More

Ron Wyden Speaks Out

Straight talk on affordability from Oregon’s senior senator

On Friday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden got the Senate health care duo, Max Baucus and Harry Reid, to agree that... More

Laurel to the Missoulian

For telling the human story of health reform

Last Sunday, the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana did what Campaign Desk has been urging papers to do--it showed how its... More

Missing Persons

How will reform affect ordinary folks?

Come on now. We’ve heard enough about the political horserace of health reform—way too much of Nancy, Max, and Olympia.... More

Do Doctors Always Tell the Truth?

No, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kudos to the Journal Sentinel and reporter John Fauber for digging up the difference between fact and fiction when it... More

Infant Mortality, Abortion, and WellPoint’s Tonik Policy

It’s dot-connection time for the media

First, there was last week’s news that the U.S. ranks thirtieth in the world when it comes to infant mortality.... More

The Tea Party is timeless - Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story - Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

Do you know Elise Andrew? - The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

Goodbye and good luck to all of us - Dean Starkman on leaving CJR

When quitting goes viral - Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience


Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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