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Reality Check for the White House

Axelrod’s e-mail raises more questions

Last Thursday, in an attempt to counter the health reform misinformation being propagated by President Obama’s ideological opponents, presidential adviser... More

Overemphasizing Obama

The limits of what health care can tell us about the president

Dan Froomkin’s first item at The Huffington Post, which appeared on Monday, has drawn some mild criticism from an unlikely... More

The Economy Today: An Upturn Overseas

Economic news from Arizona, Florida, North Dakota, and elsewhere

The lead economic story in the American press today is about Europe. As The Washington Post reports, new data from... More

The Wrong Stuff

What we don’t know about how to correct misinformation

Pushing back against political misinformation has lately become a growth industry. The Obama administration is trying to counter false claims... More

Straight Talk, Part I

The end-of-life myth and the real long-term care stories to be told

With charges, countercharges, information, disinformation, flat-out lies, and half truths being disseminated on all sides of the health reform debates,... More

The Economy Today: A More Upbeat Outlook from the Fed

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about the recession being over or nearly so, and now the Federal Reserve... More

Q & A: The New York Times’s Damon Winter

The Pulitzer-winning photographer on covering contentious town halls

Splashed across the front page of yesterday’s New York Times was a four-column photo of a man shouting at Sen.... More

“Now Don’t You Let the Government Get a Hold of My Medicare”

…and other absurdities of fact-free town halls

You could actually pinpoint the moment, yesterday, at which the town hall Claire McCaskill held in Hillsboro, Missouri descended into... More

The Limits of “The Long View”

Times reaches too far to explain restraint of Iraqi Shiites

The strength of Rod Nordland’s lead story in today’s New York Times about the current state of the sectarian divide... More

The Economy Today: Schools and the Stimulus

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The economic news of the morning, reported both by the Associated Press and Bloomberg, is that the U.S. trade deficit... More

All About Afghanistan

The press rediscovers the other war in a big way

The Forgotten War has been remembered lately. After being relegated to the back pages for the better part of a... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XIII

United Healthcare has a mighty big seat

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Q & A, Part Two: Spencer Ackerman

Part two of CJR’s interview with the national security reporter

This is the second part of a two-part interview with national security reporter Spencer Ackerman. The first part is here.... More

The Economy Today: Productivity Up; Will Jobs Follow?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The Washington Post carries an AP story this morning reporting that productivity rose by an annual rate of more than... More

Putting the Senate Under Scrutiny

Post piece ably highlights the oddity of the upper house

Over the weekend, Alec MacGillis of The Washington Post had an excellent article on the peculiar nature of the U.S.... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

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