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The Numbers Game

Sorting out conflicting reports on the cost of House’s health care bill

After House Democrats unveiled their proposal for health care reform Tuesday, media outlets attached a variety of cost estimates to... More

The Economy Today: Stimulus Struggles

Headlines from Staten Island, South Carolina, Vermont and elsewhere

As the economy continues to founder, the debate over the effect of the federal stimulus package continues to heat up.... More

(Still) Supremely Boring

Arguments for Sotomayor hearing’s long-term significance are unpersuasive

In the run-up to this week’s hearings on Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination, one of the memes circulating about why... More

The Economy Today: Jobless Recovery on the Way

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The Federal Reserve has joined the ranks of those predicting a jobless recovery, USA Today reports. The Fed now expects... More

Don’t Forget Iran

As unrest fades, important stories remain to be told

Anyone remember Iran? The “Twitter Revolution” captivated the world’s attention in the weeks after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed (and apparently fraudulent)... More

Extra, Extra: Health Reform Costs Money

Papers emphasize House health bill’s cost rather than its content

After months of planning, Democrats in the House of Representatives yesterday unveiled their latest proposal for health care reform. But... More

The Economy Today: It’s a Gas

Economic headlines from North Carolina, Michigan, and elsewhere

The major papers, including The Washington Post, report that nationwide retail sales rose 0.6 percent in June, but that’s no... More

A Few Good Bloggers

Among the Sotomayor live-bloggers, a few stand out

On Monday, I wondered why the media, which had spent the last few days telling us how staged and predictable... More

All the President’s Words

Still, when it comes to health reform, what does he stand for?

On Monday, the media went gaga reporting on President Obama’s fancy health reform rhetoric that flowed alongside his introduction of... More

CIA Story Roundup

A look at the national papers’ coverage of secret CIA hit squad story

After a few days of reporters digging into the details of a controversial CIA program, and one big scoop about... More

Hospital Disconnect

USA Today offers news you can use, but a little more context, please

Walking down the jetway to the 747 in Paris the other day, I spotted a copy of USA Today. One... More

The Economy Today: “Green” Shoots?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The economy may still be in the doldrums, but the Obama administration is putting on its best happy face, The... More

Supremely Boring

Big coverage for Sotomayor hearings; little chance of news

When it comes to media coverage, Supreme Court nomination hearings are funny things. The nation’s political press corps, almost without... More

Health Care in France—and in America

A journalist’s observations

Welcome back to America, I said to myself after a two-week trip to France. Yes, I did think about health... More

The Economy Today: Unemployment Inequality

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The recession’s pain hasn’t fallen equally on all sectors of the population, The New York Times reports in its lead... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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