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Getting Carded

Time magazine blames credit card consumers

Credit cards are on the agenda this week for the Senate Banking Committee, which is considering a bill that “would... More

The Economy Today: On Schedule?

Headlines from Maryland, Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, and elsewhere

This morning, The New York Times observes that only a small portion of the stimulus funds has actually “reached state... More

Will Health Care Providers Really Reduce Spending?

The press exhibits some skepticism—but more is needed

Yesterday, six protagonists in Washington’s unfolding health care drama sent a letter to the President saying they have “joined together... More

The Economy Today: Fares and Fires

Headlines from Arkansas, Delaware, New York City, and elsewhere

Both USA Today and The Wall Street Journal see signs of how the recession is affecting big businesses. In the... More

Senate Goes XML

A quiet shift is hailed

Last week, the Senate took a small but significant step into the twenty-first century when it started providing voting data... More

StikiQuote

Enough with the misuse of the Jefferson-on-newspapers line

You know that quote from Thomas Jefferson? The one invoked in so many defense-of-newspapers essays of late--the one in which... More

What Journalists Can Learn from Frank Luntz

Wisdom from the Republican wordsmith

Frank Luntz reappeared last week when a tipster slipped Politico a twenty-eight-page document called “The Language of Healthcare 2009” that... More

Suburbs Over Cities

The Wall Street Journal investigates the rural-urban divide

As stimulus funds make their way from Washington to state legislatures and beyond, the process and conflicts that arise en... More

The Economy Today: Venturing Capital

News from Portsmouth, Chattanooga, Boise, and more

National headlines focus on a commitment from groups in the health industry to lower health care costs. By trimming inefficiencies,... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part VIII

Baucus evicts single-payer advocates from his hearing

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

The Economy Today: Getting Stimulated

Headlines from Arkansas, Georgia, Arizona, and elsewhere

National headlines continue analysis of the bank stress tests, which revealed a mixed picture yesterday. Also, the national jobless rate... More

Hertzberg’s Zeal

New Yorker writer lampoons South, self, in one overly broad stoke

There are few things less satisfying than beating up on a Self-Satisfied Yankee Elitist who is proud to be a... More

Memo to Journalists: Move Beyond the Beltway Babble

Men (and women) on the street are foggy about health reform

At this point in any debate over health reform, journalists inevitably get lost in all the wonk talk, the economic... More

The Economy Today: Students in the Crosshairs

News from Wyoming, California, Texas, and elsewhere

The much-hyped and much-leaked bank stress-test results will be released at 5 p.m. today, but already The Washington Post has... More

Newsweek’s Wal-Mart Amnesia

The newsweekly forgets about the discount giant’s dubious deeds

An all-too-common complaint about Newsweek is that, even though it’s edited by a man who is indisputably The Ultimate Thinking... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

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

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

Bloggingheads

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

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