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The Economy Today: Happy New (Fiscal) Year

Economic headlines from California, Utah, North Dakota, and elsewhere

The arrival of July brings the start of the fiscal year and a statutory deadline for new budgets in many... More

A Morning of eGov

Notes on the Obama administration’s ambassadors to the Personal Democracy Forum

This morning, attendees of the Personal Democracy Forum Conference, an annual event for people interested in the intersection of politics,... More

Memo to Sen. Barbara Boxer—and Journalists, Too

More skepticism about savings from preventive care, please

Sen. Barbara Boxer was defiant. As Campaign Desk reported recently, the gentle lady from California said in no uncertain terms... More

The Economy Today: Solar Big Bang

Headlines from Texas, Massachusetts, Nevada, Washington state, and elsewhere

National papers continue to lead with the Madoff sentencing. Yesterday, Judge Danny Chin sentenced the Ponzi schemer to the maximum... More

The Economy Today: It’s All Happening at the Zoo

Headlines from Missouri, California, Indiana, Massachusetts, and elsewhere

The Wall Street Journal reports that consumer confidence is up for the fifth month in a row. This report is... More

Health Care Flashpoints, Part III

Taxing insurance benefits and health care equity

Over the next few months, health reform will succeed or fail based on a few major flashpoints that will shape... More

The Economy Today: Half a Loaf

News from Maine, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and elsewhere

In national headlines, USA Today notes that federal stimulus spending slowed last week compared to any weeks in May, and... More

Sanford’s Flight of Fancy

What South Carolina columnists and editorials are saying about the governor’s affair

The Mark Sanford affair story affords plentiful opportunities for practitioners and observers of journalism and politics. It allows for the... More

The Economy Today: Stimulating Paperwork

News from Georgia, Montana, Nebraska, and elsewhere

In national headlines, USA Today reports that “less than one-half of 1%” of the money set aside for highway repair... More

Planted Questions

Calling foul on HuffPo’s press-conference deal with Obama

Yesterday’s presidential presser added another installment to the Annals of Questions That Make News. Last April, it was Jeff Zeleny’s... More

The Economy Today: Moonlighting Back in Vogue

Headlines from Michigan, Illinois, Montana, and elsewhere

A tough job market is pushing some workers to take on second jobs, USA Today reports. According to various surveys,... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Wendell Potter

This past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part X

We finally hear from the business community

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

Keller on Rohde: “There’s No Question It Was the Right Approach”

The NYT executive editor talks about the paper’s handling of the David Rohde story

On June 20, the world discovered that, since November 2008, New York Times reporter David Rohde had been held by... More

The Economy Today: $8,000 in Produce?

News from Las Vegas, Oklahoma, California, and elsewhere

In national headlines, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that confidence in the stimulus package is ebbing, with 52... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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