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Campaign Desk

Stephanopoulos A-; Sebelius D

George bests the Secretary of Health and Human Services

Campaign Desk was pleased to see This Week’s George Stephanopoulos try to pin down HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday. The... More

A Shrinking Sunshine Week

Press open government initiative likely to lay off only staffer

In case you haven’t heard, it’s tough times out there for newspapers: Jobs are disappearing, pages are shrinking, bureaus are... More

School’s Out

School budget uncertainties should inform national stimulus reporting

Over the past week, local papers have been reporting on the bureaucratic bottleneck of education stimulus funds at the state... More

Health Care Flashpoints, Part II

The individual mandate—when journalism becomes a lobbying tool

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

The Economy Today: Slider Shots

News from Tennessee, Georgia, North Dakota, and elsewhere

Nationally, The New York Times reports that, “with about 2,000 Chrysler and General Motors dealers losing their franchises as the... More

The “Save or Create” Debate

Keeping track of the White House’s job numbers

The stimulus is a complex, unwieldy piece of legislation, and measuring the bill’s effects has been devilishly difficult. This week,... More

The Economy Today: Czar 21, Where Are You?

Headlines from California, Pennsylvania, and Maryland

Yet another indicator that the economy still hasn’t quite finished its downswing: USA Today reports that the national free and... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part III

Rapidly rising medical costs jeopardize the state’s insurance miracle

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: Money Here, None There (Yet)

News from Oregon, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere

The New York Times reports that charitable giving declined last year “by the largest percentage in five decades” (a decrease... More

The Economy Today: Constructive Construction?

News from Montana, Arizona, Ohio, and elsewhere

In national headlines, President Obama vowed yesterday to accelerate stimulus spending, with the goal, the Los Angeles Times writes, of... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part IX

PhRMA and the AMA join forces with insurers

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

The Economy Today: It’s Wild Out There

Headlines from California, Colorado, New Jersey, Maryland, and elsewhere

In national news, we learn that some banks may be ready to repay the government funds that bailed them out.... More

Declined

How a reporter’s pro se FOIA battle ended with Sonia Sotomayor

Alex Wood readily admits that he can be described as a “dissatisfied litigant.” And he would have good reason to... More

Postscript on Single Payer

The San Francisco Chronicle offers some respectability

For months, single-payer advocates have been marginalized by a political establishment which has already defined the boundaries of this round... More

The Economy Today: Stimulus Naughts

News from Ohio, Maryland, Michigan and elsewhere

In national headlines, state revenues are being buffeted by the economic downturn. The information comes from a new report by... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

On the ground in Aleppo (Syria Deeply)

Francesca Borri on reporting from a razed city

Bloggingheads

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

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