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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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