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Protecting the polls in North Carolina

As voter fraud allegations swirl, North Carolinians need deep, focused reporting

NORTH CAROLINA — While North Carolina may not be “that important to the electoral math” of the presidential race, according... More

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The word on the street: Divided

Massachusetts voters talk about Medicare, and their Senate race

Last week I journeyed up to New England to see what voters thought of the debate over Medicare, for another... More

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The Oklahoman distributes a hit piece on Obama

Do a new owner’s deep pockets require a “trade-off”?

On September 20, The Washington Examiner, one of DC’s conservative newspapers, published “The Obama You Don’t Know,” a 10-part “Special... More

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Pinning down Obama on Social Security

Where exactly does he stand?

Liberals took comfort in the president’s speech to the AARP Friday when he promised to defend Social Security. But his... More

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As campaigns cross Ohio, Romney stops to talk

Blade seeks tax plan clarity, while Plain Dealer revisits coal policy, auto bailout

OHIO — Both presidential campaigns spent some of this week crawling across the Buckeye State, at one point campaigning within... More

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In Florida, a poll grabs headlines—and raises questions

The situation for the GOP may not be as dire as Quinnipiac’s results suggest

FLORIDA — Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney woke up to some grim news Wednesday. According to a poll... More

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The Ad Wars: Super PACs not super? Not so fast

The Journal’s flawed logic on page one

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reached a bold conclusion on one of the central debates of the 2012 elections:... More

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A clamor for air time in the Silver State

Chris Roman, GM of four Spanish-language TV stations in Nevada, on the messaging frenzy

NEVADA — In the Silver State, Chris Roman’s audience is being wooed and pursued. Roman is the general manager... More

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The Ad Wars: The numbers don’t add up

When it comes to political ad spending, we don’t know as much as we think we do

An extraordinary feature of the 2012 elections has been the barrage of outside money unleashed on America’s airwaves. Deep-pocketed groups... More

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Will Obama really ‘break the fever’?

Why more journalists should question the President’s second-term claims

With the media focused on the horse race (and Mitt Romney's ongoing tactical miscues), the claims by President Obama and... More

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Eureka! The media discovers Medicaid

And why that matters to the middle class

Ah Medicaid! What can we say about it? Until the last couple of weeks, the press has said almost nothing.... More

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After VA Senate debate, how to cover Kaine’s gaffe?

While most outlets include some policy coverage, WashPost sticks with a strategy story

VIRGINIA — If you’ve heard one thing about Thursday’s hour-long debate in McLean between Senate candidates George Allen and Tim... More

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Mitt-o-phobia

The real reasons for harsh Romney coverage

Call it the Curse of Clint. Ever since Clint “Empty Chair” Eastwood stepped onto the Republican convention stage, Mitt Romney... More

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CU students probe Denver ad buy records

Research reveals Obama’s advantage on the airwaves

COLORADO — Students from the University of Colorado are among the first journalists in this state to mine data from... More

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As Senate ad war heats up, time for press to step up

Readers need closer scrutiny of campaign messages in Kaine-Allen contest

VIRGINIA — Presidential race advertising dominates swing state airwaves, but viewers in Virginia are also being bombarded with an influx... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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