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Rate Regulation Blow-up in California

WellPoint and co. win again

The big news in health reform last week was the insurance industry’s victory in the California legislature, which scotched any... More

In Defense of (the Right Kind of) Horse Race Journalism

When primaries decide party priorities, voters should be brought in on the conversation

Horse race journalism has a bad reputation among press critics. The NYU professor Jay Rosen, in a recent talk on... More

Golden Teeth

Dallas’s WFAA shows crooked Medicaid spending on orthodontia

These days it’s rare for local TV stations to produce anything resembling an expose. With their steady diet of crime,... More

Missing the Bus

NYTimes overly focuses on one pratfall facing young campaign reporters

There was a silly story on the front page of the The New York Times Wednesday morning. With its title... More

Leonhardt’s Sharp Look at the Mind of the Fed

Why has debate at the central bank been so constrained?

It’s a few days old now, but David Leonhardt had a great column in the Sunday Review section of The... More

The Facts Ma’am—Just the Facts

Rick Perry dodges Social Security questions, while CNBC explains

Rick Perry zipped into Ottumwa, Iowa Saturday with a message about Social Security. Along with the usual jabs at the... More

More Unsettling Insights from Perry’s Eggheads

Politicians are learning more about how to work the media. Can the press push back?

A Campaign Desk post the other day noted an interesting claim by Sasha Issenberg, the author of a new ebook... More

Revisiting the Man in the Middle

Health reform won’t help him

As the Great Health Care Debate wound down, we visited Jeremy Devor, an engineering assistant in Salem, Illinois, a town... More

Money Talks

Why do we never hear from the working class on op-ed pages?

Last week, eighty-year-old billionaire Warren Buffett whipped up a media frenzy when, in an op-ed for The New York Times... More

Covering the Fringe Candidates

How should the press decide which dissents to take seriously?

Jon Huntsman’s campaign for president doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so why does he retain his commanding lead in... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall in Missouri

Do the pols represent the voters?

As Barack Obama’s bus cruised through the heartland last week, the media told us a fair amount about what the... More

Unsettling Insights from Perry’s Eggheads

The Texas governor gets scientific on how to work the media

At the New York Times site today, David Leonhardt has a very interesting Q-and-A with Sasha Issenberg, the former Boston... More

HuffPost and Patch Look for Primary Power Brokers

New initiative to measure GOP conversation, outside the Beltway

Early last month, CJR published an interview with Hans Noel, a Georgetown University political scientist and co-author of The Party... More

The Provo Papers

Utah TV reporter tracks down two million-dollar Romney donors

A couple weeks ago, NBC News’s national investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff broke a story—“a bombshell-of-a-scoop” termed Mother Jones; a political... More

Campaigning Between Covers

Why do presidential wannabes write books?

In 1935, James Harold Wallis wrote in The Politician: His habits, outcries and protective coloring: Only a very shrewd politician... 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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