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Campaign Desk

Covering the Cain Campaign

Herman Cain’s probably not a serious candidate. That doesn’t mean the press shouldn’t cover him.

If you headed out early for the Memorial Day weekend, you probably missed an interesting bit of blogosphere back-and-forth about... More

She’s Just Not That Into You

Mainstream media’s Sarah Palin agony

You will by now no doubt know that Sarah Palin is once again giving the “mainstream media” the runaround on... More

Reporters Late to the 2012 Party?

Editors tell Politico why they’re moving so slowly

Given the saturation-level coverage of the Palin family’s Winnebago vacation this Memorial Day weekend, you might be surprised to... More

Medicare’s Real Cost Problem

Covering Medicare, part six

Perhaps no other health issue is as important to so many Americans now and in the future as Medicare. In... More

He-Said She-Said and Death Panels

A Q&A with the Manship School’s Dr. Regina Lawrence

Almost two years ago, former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin sent out her infamous “death panels” post on Facebook. The... More

Did ‘Disaffecteds’ Sink Corwin?

Another angle on the Medicare debate in NY-26

In my first look at the special election in NY-26 (since partially retracted), I wrote that the Tea Party candidate,... More

More from Candidate Pawlenty

A glimmer or two of context from the media

It’s hard to know what to make of Tim Pawlenty, the Gopher State’s ex-governor, tramping around the country building his... More

A Beat Memo on Medicare

Is the Ryan plan really so novel?

Perhaps no other health issue is as important to so many Americans now and in the future as Medicare. In... More

A Soros Problem at NPR

The broadcaster ducks again when it should be swinging

In what will presumably be one of her final columns as NPR ombudswoman, Alicia Shepard has chosen to address concerns... More

Palin’s Speechwriter Undone by Nasty Messages

Source asks for cash

Daily Caller reporter Jonathan Strong has quite the scoop this morning—a series of direct Tweets from Palin speechwriter and... More

Bloomberg Digs on Secret Money

A report on unreported election spending

A tip of the hat to Bloomberg for a recent quadruple-bylined story on the growing role of outside spending—much of... More

A Great Catch by Ben Smith

Belly-aching about the presidential field is nothing new

The announcement by Mitch Daniels, the Republican governor of Indiana, that he won’t run for president in 2012 seems likely... More

A Second Look at NY-26

New polls suggest a role for Medicare, but reasons for caution remain

A week ago, I called for more restraint in press coverage of tomorrow’s special election in NY-26, which the press... More

Means-Testing Medicare, According to CQ

Covering Medicare, part five

Perhaps no other health issue is as important to so many Americans now and in the future as Medicare. In... More

Q&A: Poli-Sci Blogger John Sides

The GWU professor on what we can—and can’t—learn from early polling

The 2012 election is almost eighteen months away, but politics junkies are already being treated to polls asking if people... 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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