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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

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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