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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

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


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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