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The word on the street: Divided

Massachusetts voters talk about Medicare, and their Senate race

Last week I journeyed up to New England to see what voters thought of the debate over Medicare, for another... More

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Pinning down Obama on Social Security

Where exactly does he stand?

Liberals took comfort in the president’s speech to the AARP Friday when he promised to defend Social Security. But his... More

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How the phantom of ‘socialized medicine’ came to be

A Laurel to The New Yorker for exploring the roots of modern political consulting

Jill Lepore deserves a Laurel for her engrossing tale of how political communications came to be so toxic. In... More

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Eureka! The media discovers Medicaid

And why that matters to the middle class

Ah Medicaid! What can we say about it? Until the last couple of weeks, the press has said almost nothing.... More

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The bogeyman is back!

The Columbia Daily Tribune digs up the $716 billion Medicare scare

Aw come on! We would have thought by now the $716 billion Medicare bogeyman was dead and buried. Maybe not.... More

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Medicare: Where’s the evidence that vouchers save money?

The National Journal seeks some, and comes up empty

Margot Sanger-Katz, a National Journal reporter who has been brave enough to question conventional wisdom surrounding health policy—she reported that... More

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What a higher Retirement Age really means

A Social Security mini-primer

The idea of raising the age at which workers can collect benefits from Social Security is very much in play.... More

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Medicare ‘bankruptcy’: CNN gets it right

The network fact-checks a frequent talking point, and does it well

Hooray for CNN.com, for fact checking the often-heard claim of Medicare’s “impending” bankruptcy. CNN’s contribution sets a high bar, and... More

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Medicare spending: Do Obama and Romney see eye-to-eye?

Matthew Yglesias has a flawed but useful argument

Several days ago, Matthew Yglesias dug deeply into the Medicare weeds, arguing in Slate that Obama and Ryan basically agree... More

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The word on the street: disillusioned

Listening to voters talk Medicare in Pennsylvania

Over the weekend, I visited an Italian festival in Scranton, PA, where the crowd, mostly older and white, had gathered... More

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Parsing Romney on healthcare

Chris Wallace gets a C minus

Before Chris Wallace got to the soft stuff of his Fox News Sunday interview last week with The Family Romney... More

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A dart to the AP—and a laurel!

Good work on fact-checking speeches; on Social Security, not so much

Dart The Associated Press misled its many readers, unfortunately, about what is a Social Security benefit cut and what... More

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A laurel to Jackie Calmes of The New York Times

She begins to X-ray the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan

This week’s laurel goes to Jackie Calmes of The New York Times for reporting the increasing skepticism in health... More

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The word on the street: apprehensive

Listening to voters talk about Medicare in St. Louis

The idea of privatizing Medicare is not winning popularity contests with voters. A Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday found... More

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Medicare and the $716 billion bogeyman

Will a new version of a half-truth work for the GOP?

It’s been hard to escape from Medicare in the 11 days since Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan burst into the news... More

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Profits vs. patients: The Tampa Bay Times complicates a story

The truth in medical disputes can be hard to find

The Tampa Bay Times, formerly known as The St. Petersburg Times, deserves a shout-out for jumping on the local angle... More

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When hospital profits clash with patient care: an investigation

The Times exposes questionable care at HCA hospitals

This week The New York Times concluded a rare look at the inner workings of the country’s biggest for-profit hospital... More

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Medicare, Paul Ryan, and beyond: a primer

Here’s context to clarify the big entitlements debates

Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee elevates Medicare and Medicaid (along with Social... More

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How to measure the worth of Social Security

The AP rehashes an old idea

Is Social Security a good deal for workers? That’s the question the AP posed in an August 5 piece dredging... More

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Required skimming: healthcare politics and policy

Channeling the inner wonk

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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