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Pessimism on Af-Pak

An argument for “the good war” doesn’t quite deliver

I wanted to be persuaded by Peter Bergen’s argument in Washington Monthly about why the U.S. mission in Afghanistan can... More

The Economy Today: Football Stays Strong

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The national papers devote most of their space to President Barack Obama’s press conference last night, where, as The Washington... More

Everything’s a Crisis

The perils of prognosticating on Obama’s political future

Just six months in, Barack Obama’s political future is at stake on many fronts, according to the nation’s political press... More

Meet the New Boss…

Democrats won’t defend ’06 position on White House visitor logs

In 2006, the Democratic National Committee took the Bush administration to court. “The Abramoff scandal was going on,” remembers Joseph... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XII

Did the AMA snooker the press?

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

Sen. Schumer, Meet Louise Russell

What’s this about preventative care saving money?

Reporters from the New York media, take note! It’s time to tell your state’s senior senator (and the people he... More

Transparency or Trillions?

Papers make different choices about what to highlight in IG report

One criticism commonly heard about the dread MSM is that all the major outlets are operating out of the same... More

The Economy Today: For the Birds

Economic headlines from California, Indiana, Texas, and elsewhere

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before a Congressional committee yesterday and told lawmakers he plans to keep interest rates... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part IV

The new math, or maybe it’s the old

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

The Economy Today: Taxing Times

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

As a proposed surtax on top earners becomes the latest political football of the health care debate, The Wall Street... More

A Busy Couple of Days in Iran

The NYT and the LAT offer some strong reporting

After a relatively quiet period that left media outlets stepping back and taking stock, events in Iran picked up again... More

Keep On Shuffling

Bai’s argument about Obama doesn’t stand up to scrutiny

I’m as sympathetic as any writer to the columnist’s need to come up with an argument on demand. But in... More

Gregory A+; Sebelius D-

NBC’s David Gregory bores down on Madame Secretary

Last week, Campaign Desk urged reporters to start asking Obama tough questions on health care, so we could learn what... More

The Economy Today: Have We Met Before?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

What’s a shady subprime mortgage broker to do when the housing market goes belly-up? Become a shady loan modification firm... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XI

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest fights against a public plan

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

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

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

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’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

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

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