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Health Reform and Obama’s Consumer Protections

Good for consumers, or good for insurers?

Last Wednesday, The Washington Post told us the obvious: that “the fight over health-care legislation is saturating the summer airwaves,... More

Q & A: Spencer Ackerman

Part one of a two-part interview with the national security reporter

The rise of Web-based journalism has brought forth an explosion of bright, young, often left-leaning reporters and bloggers. But at... More

The Economy Today: Hope for Jobs, After All?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the possibility of a “jobless recovery,” but The Wall Street Journal’s Justin... More

The Economy Today: Better than Expected

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

All the major outlets, including The Washington Post, report the news that “only” 247,000 jobs were lost in July, with... More

Town Hall Tumult

As health reform tensions rise, reporters should keep their cool

August is typically a sleepy month for political news. Not this year. The raging health care debate has followed vacationing... More

Straight Talk Archive

Links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s series

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Straight Talk” series, in descending order. 08/13/09: Straight Talk,... More

The Economy Today: New Jobs Report

Economic headlines from New Jersey, Minnesota, Maryland, and elsewhere

Jobs continue to disappear, but at a slower rate, The Wall Street Journal reports today, relaying data from the payroll... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part V

Finding affordable health insurance

Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

Learning the Wrong Lessons from The Daily Show

Once more into the “Mad Bitch” breech

Now that The Washington Post has owned up to pulling Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza’s “Mad Bitch” video, and writers... More

Clunkers, the Economy, and the Environment

When it comes to “green,” reporters focus on the pocketbook

Since the Department of Transportation announced last Thursday that new-car buyers had bankrupted the “cash for clunkers” rebate initiative in... More

The Economy Today: Eye on Elkhart

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The major news outlets carry advance looks at President Barack Obama’s return trip to Elkhart, Ind., a Midwestern manufacturing town... More

Health Care Homework for the LA Times

How does the Canadian medical system actually work?

By now, it’s pretty clear that the U.S. is not going to adopt health reform that in any way resembles... More

The Economy Today: When Government Programs Go Clunk

Economic headlines from Texas, Nevada, and elsewhere

With the House in recess and GatesGate fading into the rearview mirror, the uncertain future of the federal government’s “Cash... More

Post Pulls Milbank’s “Mad Bitch” Video

But further explanations are still in order

When The Washington Post started drawing heat for its latest “Mouthpiece Theater” video, in which Post staffers Dana Milbank and... More

The Economy Today: Sorting Out the Stimulus

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, which have been tracking how the recession and the stimulus affect state and... 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”

Bloggingheads

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