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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

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Is the rising Democratic majority doomed?

“My belief … is that conservatism as we know it is doomed”

FCC, in a shift, backs fast lanes for Web traffic

The proposal comes three months after a federal appeals court struck down, for the second time, agency rules intended to guarantee a free and open Internet

Big food

Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat

Why Felix Salmon is joining Fusion

“The core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text”

New Yorker editor David Remnick on the art of writing a profile

Constant disappointment is his secret sauce

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