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The real question about Romney’s Bain career

How, exactly, did his business career prepare the candidate to be president?

The debate over Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital has been a series of cul-de-sacs and rabbit-holes. When the Republican... More

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The Globe advances the Romney/Bain story

Meanwhile, MoJo digs into Romney’s investments in offshoring

This post has been updated (see bottom of second page). In the great politico-media debate over Mitt Romney, Bain Capital,... More

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How to handle oppo research?

It’s simple: If your scoop got a helpful boost from a campaign, let readers know

For the political cognoscenti, the dominant story line in July has been the Barack Obama campaign’s mastery of the subterranean... More

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An indictment in North Carolina

After NC Policy Watch investigates, a lawmaker faces criminal charges

NORTH CAROLINA — In August 2011, the nonprofit site NC Policy Watch published a lengthy, damning investigative report about Stephen... More

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A hunger for the food-stamp story

Some 45 million Americans use them—Who are they?

The press has shown only sporadic interest in the farm bill, a vast, important piece of legislation that must be... More

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Cincinnati Enquirer unpacks campaign claims

Ohioans will need more help from their media navigating candidates’ rhetoric

OHIO — The drumbeat of political ads and campaign claims and counter-claims continues to grow louder in the Buckeye State—and... More

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On outsourcing, Colorado media mostly disappoint

But there’s still an opportunity to deliver the full account this story needs

COLORADO — This state became the center of the battle over outsourcing last week, when Mitt Romney, responding to charges... More

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Roanoke Times excels at campaign ‘event coverage’…

…But will the paper turn its resources toward the rhetoric?

VIRGINIA — Last month, the New York Times made an effort to help readers navigate some of the “selective truths,”... More

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Unanswered questions in the Romney/Bain controversy

Don’t look to fact-checkers for resolution

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Fact-checkers have played a key role in the controversy over Mitt Romney's role in outsourcing at Bain... More

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The healthcare whatyamacallit

What’s a reporter to call that payment thing—tax or penalty?

The Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act handed journalists something of a semantic dilemma. What do we call... More

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In Michigan, a one-man follow-the-money machine

Rich Robinson helps the state’s journalists track political cash

MICHIGAN — Call him the perfect source. Whether they work in newspapers, radio, or online news, Michigan political journalists rely... More

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The good old days of the Nixon campaign

A look back at a 1968 classic shows just how inaccessible candidates have become

Maybe it’s the summer doldrums, or the Barack Obama campaign’s continual pain-from-Bain refrain, or the speculative no-news-here if-clauses surrounding Mitt... More

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Rehashing the debate about when Romney left Bain

After a much-discussed Boston Globe story, FactCheck.org stands by its take

This post has been updated. The big political story of the day is a front-page article in The Boston Globe... More

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Christmas in July for Reno TV stations?

Reno reporter tallies political ad buys in “the battleground county of the battleground state of Nevada”

NEVADA - Every election cycle, as Americans prepare to hit the voting booths, Christmas comes early to television stations across... More

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The Palm Beach Post exposes a hidden menace

Government cutbacks and the worst TB epidemic in 20 years

Reporting on tuberculosis is not most reporters’ idea of a glamor assignment. It’s an ancient disease, drug companies aren’t keen... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

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

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’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

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

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

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

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