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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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