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The Economy Today: The Summer Season

News from Spokane, Bangor, Gloucester and elsewhere

National news looks at the health of banks in anticipation of tomorrow’s stress test results: The New York Times says... More

Ben the Optimist

Papers focus on the sunny side of Fed chairman’s economic-growth statement

On the heels of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s remarks on the economy to the congressional Joint Economic Committee yesterday,... More

What I Wanna Know: Bevis Longstreth

A former SEC commissioner offers questions

“What I Wanna Know” is a new series from CJR, in which we invite outside experts to propose questions about... More

A Summers Story

Stories about Larry Summers often neglect to mention his Wall Street interlude

Exactly one month ago, the White House released financial documents on President Obama’s economic advisor, Larry Summers. They revealed, among... More

The Economy Today: Tough Times for Inventors

Economic news from Oregon, North Dakota, Kansas, and elsewhere

National headlines focused on Obama’s new international tax overhaul, which would raise $210 billion over the next decade by cracking... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part II

Does an individual mandate work? Depends on who’s talking

Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

Transparency Interview: Jameel Jaffer

The ACLU lawyer who helped uncover the detainee memos says there are more documents to come

For over five years, a team of lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union has been waging a sprawling battle... More

Wishful Thinking

Times cheerleads White House’s hope for bank stress tests

The results of the long-feared bank stress tests will be announced on Thursday, but that’s too long to wait for... More

The Economy Today: Local Agencies Suffer

Headlines from Montana, West Virginia, California, and elsewhere

In national news this morning, The New York Times predicts that the results of the bank stress tests, which are... More

Hating on the Hedgies

Going beyond Obama’s rhetoric on Chrysler’s lenders

Announcing the historic bankruptcy plan for one of America’s largest automakers, President Obama had harsh words for the hedge funds... More

The Economy Today: Big Dreams, No Jobs

News from Virginia, Maryland, Nebraska, and elsewhere

The big national news is the continuing saga in the Chrysler bankruptcy. But around the country, federal funds play a... More

Grade-A Boring

Press yawns over Obama’s 100-day presser are childish

Last night, President Barack Obama held a press conference marking his first 100 days in office. After hyperventilating for weeks... More

Obama Speaks on State Secrets

And here’s what he might have meant

Last night, at his hundredth-day news conference, President Barack Obama went on the record for the first time on his... More

Copter Trouble

NYT digs into costs of canceling prez’s expensive new helicopter fleet

Remember Obama’s helicopter problem? In late February, John McCain called him out over defense procurements, and specifically about a fleet... More

The Economy Today: Rise of the Gleaners

News from New Mexico, Florida, Texas, and elsewhere

In Texas, we see stories about stimulus checks, tax breaks, and hurricane funds. The Gainesville Daily Register notes that $250... 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


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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