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Huntsman, Jr. dismissed before he gets out of the gate?

The U.S. ambassador to China, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., officially confirmed his resignation yesterday, handing President Obama a letter stating... More

Politico’s Wicked Sense of Humor

Politico satires Politico

We gave a shaky “thumbs down” to Politico’s new site, Politico 2012 LIVE, yesterday, describing it as “Politico Poutine—fried-up regular... More

To Fear or Not to Fear

The (American) Web on The Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood has agreed to back secular opposition voice Mohamed ElBaradei as official spokesman of Egypt’s opposition groups... More

Science Faltering?

Obama wants more R&D, but few willing to discuss research productivity

President Obama wants “to reach a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the Space... More

Politico Kicks Off 2012

Bold new site complete with “Santa Tracker”

Depending on your tastes, this weekend’s launch of Politico 2012 LIVE might be the Second Coming of Christ or the... More

The Return of Alan Simpson

Parsing his latest thoughts on Social Security

Alan Simpson, the co-chair of President Obama’s now-defunct deficit commission, showed up on Fox News the other day to talk... More

Get To Know Jay Carney

And the target on his back

If reports are true, the White House will announce tomorrow that Jay Carney, the former Time magazine Washington bureau chief... More

Debt and Weed

The president faces a YouTube nation

At 2.30 p.m. (EST) President Obama will appear on YouTube answering questions submitted by the website’s users. With questions... More

Keller’s WikiLeaks Think Piece

Assange bad; leaks good

Times executive editor Bill Keller has a 7,900-plus word piece in Sunday’s magazine called “Dealing with Assange and the Secrets... More

Before We Meet the Press Secretary

A chance for all to raise the bar

The new White House press secretary is likely to be announced today or tomorrow. Whoever it is, they will step... More

SOTU Vague on Health Care

Plenty of reading to do between the lines

The president’s remarks about health care last night were, well, short and to the point, and that’s pretty much what... More

Q&A: Former NYT Shanghai Bureau Chief Howard French, Part Two

On how the press covered Hu’s visit

In the wake of Chinese president Hu Jintao's four-day U.S. trip, CJR assistant editor Joel Meares discussed the media's take... More

SOTU: What the pundits are saying

A morning-after roundup

So the State of the Union played out something like a slowly deflating balloon—robust and shiny in the beginning,... More

A Note on the State of the Union

Let’s go beyond the theater

If you hadn’t already dismissed the State of the Union address as a kind of political Oscars—a room full of... More

What Not to Do in Campaign Reporting

Star Tribune writes down Bachmann’s “strong opinions”

Campaign 2012 is underway, even with but one declared Republican contender. And so comes an example of What Not to... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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