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Obama’s Big Speech: Is Anyone in the Middle East Listening?

As the president prepared to deliver his remarks on American policy in the wake of the “Arab Spring,” the lead... More

Challenging Newt’s Medicare Walkback

Choice is the least of Medicare’s problems

Poor Newt Gingrich! What a beating he’s taken since he said on Meet the Press Sunday that Paul Ryan’s scheme... More

Raising Money, Lowering Expectations

National Journal gets managed

Of what value to readers is a story yesterday about what President Obama’s reelection team says it expects it will,... More

Candidate Pawlenty and Social Security

What’s he really talking about?

Not long ago, presidential aspirant Tim Pawlenty sat down with reporters from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for a heart-to-heart about his... More

L.A. Times Breaks Schwarzenegger Love Child Story

As restrained a sex-scandal story as you’re likely to get

A busy two weeks for political sex scandals, first with John Ensign, then Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and now… Arnie. The... More

A Medicare Referendum? Not So Fast

Polls in N.Y. special election tell a more complicated story

The future of Medicare is one of the biggest, most fiercely contested questions in American politics these days. And with... More

NYT On Why Journalists Like to Compare Presidents

Did anybody think to ask journalists?

The New York Times’s Peter Baker had a piece in Sunday’s paper dealing with an issue close to many hearts... More

Romney on Romneycare is a Bust

Conservatives are not buying Mitt’s Michigan speech

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to a stage in Ann Arbor yesterday to twist and turn his way through... More

Romney and His Health Care Plan

Does he or doesn’t he like what he did?

It would seem that the press coverage of Mitt Romney’s health care speech in Michigan yesterday was greater than media... More

Reporting from the Right

Heritage Foundation aims to fill left-right coverage gap

In the domestic Cold War a reporting gap has developed: a number of left-leaning web sites such as The Huffington... More

A 60 Percent Osama Bump?

New approval rating raises a flap

An interesting debate about polling samples is underway this afternoon in the wake of a very encouraging new set of... More

The Secret Money “Seduction”

Democrats get their Priorities in order for 2012

The Center for Responsive Politics recently published an analysis of the effects of last year's Citizens United Supreme Court decision... More

A Mining Disaster Follow-up Follows the Money

L.A. Times’s revealing report on inaction after the WV coal mine explosion

A belated laurel to the Los Angeles Times team of Kim Geiger, Tom Hamburger, and Doug Smith, of the paper’s... More

The AP Takes the Public’s Pulse

Covering Medicare, part four

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

And We’re Off!

First debate low on candidates, substance, & attention

The first debate of the 2012 presidential season took place last night in Greenville, South Carolina. If you missed it,... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates (Oregonian)

“Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone”

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