Friday, December 19, 2014. Last Update: Fri 11:50 AM EST

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“What To Watch For” at GOP Prez Debate

Questions, moderator “matter,” WaPo (alone?) notes

Folks who wish to be told “what to look for” during tonight’s Republican presidential debate are in luck: pretty much... More

A Broken Lede

The government isn’t “broke.” Reporters should stop saying it is.

The Associated Press has an important story today about the fairly horrifying condition of many state budgets. On its site,... More

Hawkery—and Hackery—from Hiatt

Post column misleads on health care reform

In his latest column, which chides President Obama for choosing “easier politics over harder truths” when dealing with America’s fiscal... More

On the Health Policy Beat

With the Boston Globe’s Kay Lazar

As we head into a new presidential campaign with health care likely to be one of the defining issues, Campaign... More

Pawlenty’s Economic Fantasy

A mixed showing from the press as the GOP contender sets out his plan

In his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has tried to cast himself as a... More

Jon Huntsman’s Vision for the Future of Medicare

Whose moral obligation is it?

Potential presidential candidate Jon Huntsman’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed was thoroughly predictable, containing lots of the acceptable phrases for... More

“Cad.” “Creep.” Campaign Finance Lawbreaker?

A roundup of coverage of John Edwards’s indictment

On Friday, former presidential contender John Edwards was indicted on six felony charges, including the charge that he solicited and... More

The Man Who Cried Scandal

Weinergate and thoughts from Breitbart on the media

It was the pre-game show to one of the most excruciating political confession-apologies in recent memory. Andrew Breitbart, attending... More

Nobody Loves Rick

Skeptical coverage for Santorum’s entry to the presidential race

Say this much for Rick Santorum: As a former senator who’s been hard at work cultivating support in the early... More

Memo to Joe Nocera

Getting the facts right on Medicare

Dear Joe: It was good to see your column on Medicare in The New York Times the other day. I... More

Cause For Pause on Weinergate (UPDATED)

Jack Shafer on the sensational congressman

Slate’s Jack Shafer had a thoughtful column up on Friday regarding last week’s Weinergate shenanigans. In it, Shafer makes a... More

The Intense Health Reform Drama in the Maine Legislature

What are its implications for the rest of the nation?

If the old political adage “as goes Maine, so goes the nation” has any currency these days, health insurers may... More

Bachmann and Pawlenty: Where’s the Policy in this Grudge Match?

Politico misses an opportunity

My colleague Greg Marx on Thursday gave something of a laurel to the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman for a... More

On Monetary Policy and Presidential Politics

The next election may depend on the economy. So where are the efforts to fix it?

In today’s New York Times, Binyamin Appelbaum notes what is thus far one of the most salient facts of the... More

The Journal Takes on Tim Pawlenty

A good start, but there’s more to be done

It’s a common complaint around here that campaign coverage focuses too much on the horse race, and not enough on... 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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