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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

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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