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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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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