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Adieu, Medicare Advantage?

Another insurer gets in trouble

A week or so ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ordered WellCare, the super-aggressive seller of Medicare... More

Where’s the Plan?

The media score well on their first-day budget stories

Yesterday morning, a friend e-mailed asking for my take on the President’s plan for health reform. Perhaps she was looking... More

Above the Fold: Barack’s Bold Budget

“The most radical document of its kind since Reagan’s first year in office”

Barack Obama's budget proves he was serious when he promised fundamental change if he became president. Everyone in the MSM... More

The Unemployment Line

More context is needed when reporting unemployment statistics

Unemployment numbers, like all good statistics, can be deceiving. Sometime next week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the... More

In Search of Lost Timelines

The Iraq drawdown extension and the end of the age of the “newsdump”

Yesterday afternoon, during the buildup to last night's State-of-the-Union-in-all-but-name, the administration leaked some rather important information to the press: President... More

FOX Business Fights with FOIA

Bringing in bailout documents—and viewers

By September 23, the federal government was already facing ample criticism over inadequate disclosure of basic information on its ballooning... More

Mandating Health Coverage Makes a Comeback

The President and the man on the street

Last night, with his voice full of force, the President boomed: “Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait,... More

Look Who’s Talking Now?

A quiz about the reactions to last night’s presidential address

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Below you’ll find a list of fifteen slightly obscured quotations from newspapers... More

Assessing Jindal

Critics look past the delivery and slam the speech’s substance

Bobby Jindal, the thirty-seven-year-old governor of Louisiana, delivered the Republican response to Pres. Obama's faux-state-of-the-union address last night. It was... More

Divining Obama’s Health Care Budget

Early signals and the need for sharp eyes

Sam Stein, who blogs at the Huffington Post, apparently has a pipeline to the health care gods—in this case, a... More

Q and A: St. Petersburg Times’s Bill Adair

Behind the scenes of the Obameter

Just in time for the inauguration, the St. Petersburg Times expanded its Politifact operation to launch the Obameter, a running... More

Tales from the FBI’s Crypt

WaPo’s Joe Stephens FOIAs the dead

Last Thursday, readers of The Washington Post woke up to find an interesting— but hardly timely—story on the front page... More

The Wise and the Reckless

On the housing plan and the “unscrupulous or irresponsible”

In Phoenix Wednesday, President Obama introduced the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan as an effort that would neither “rescue the... More

Update on Medicare Advantage Plans

The administration’s unfinished business

At the tail end of the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he wanted to reduce the federal government’s overpayments to... More

Nothing To See Here, Ms. Iseman

The Times concedes nothing

The New York Times has just posted a “Note to Readers” regarding last year's highly controversial story that included information... 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

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

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

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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