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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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

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

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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