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Campaign Desk

Playing the Margins

Politicians have good reason to avoid the details. Journalists don’t.

Ezra Klein’s live chat with readers today included this interesting exchange: Washington, D.C.: I found it interesting that the subsidies,... More

What Did the President Really Say?

More goals and details and questions to ponder

Politico got it just about right. “In the end,” wrote Carrie Budoff Brown, “a speech meant to reset the health... More

Reshuffling the Senate

Strong Politico piece takes stock of Senate moves

I was somewhat critical of a David Rogers article earlier this week, but his Politico piece today on the shuffling... More

Mr. Wilson Goes to Washington

Dear news networks: ignore Joe Wilson. Please.

The most memorable aspect of President Obama's health care address to Congress tonight was not its rhetoric, or its resonance,... More

Schooling the President

In ‘91, Bush spoke, students listened, the Post snarked

When conservative foot-soldiers began to kick up a storm last week about President Barack Obama’s plans to deliver a manipulative,... More

What a Speech Can’t Do

The president thinks he can persuade people. He’s probably wrong.

Tonight, if a recent Pew Research Center poll is to be believed, a massive television audience will tune in to... More

Baucus Watch, Part XIII

At last, the senator brings forth a plan

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

Where Have All the Health Reform Goals Gone?

What will Obama articulate tonight?

When Barack Obama was running for president, he said he wanted to make sure every child had health insurance. That... More

Stuck with the Senate

Why it makes sense for Obama to focus on the upper house

American health care system is in need of reform. Does President Barack Obama’s job consist of finding a way to... More

CJR’s Town Hall Meetings, Part III

The view from Wal-Mart, Honesdale, Pa.

Everyone, it seems, is trying to take the pulse of the electorate—Americans who, as the saying goes, vote with their... More

Shout-outs to the Kansas City Star and Kaiser News Service

For starting to fill in the blanks on health reform

For months we on Campaign Desk have been urging the media to pull back the reins at health care’s Kentucky... More

White House Promises to Reveal Visitor Logs

But vague exemptions could undercut disclosure

Today, in a truly stunning conclusion to a long series of lawsuits, the Obama administration announced that it will begin... More

Silver Buckshot Misses Target

Fact-checking Biden’s Stimulus Speech

Silver Buckshot. No, that's not Vice President Joe Biden's new nickname. That's his description of the stimulus package, which he... More

CJR’s Town Hall Meetings, Part II

The view from the heartland—the patients

Everyone, it seems, is trying to take the pulse of the electorate—Americans who, as the saying goes, vote with their... More

How To Keep Secrets

Obama tries to get classification right

It’s no secret that many think America’s classification system is no longer up to the task of protecting the nation... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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