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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

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


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.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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