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In Ohio, barbs traded on China trade

Cincinnati Enquirer helps readers sort through a few

OHIO — President Obama came back to the Buckeye State Monday for his 12th visit this year just as his... More

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The Ad Wars: How do we cover them?

CJR’s guide to the best sources

With less than two months before Election Day, America’s airwaves are under full-scale bombardment. Voters in the crucial swing states... More

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Jumping the gun on the Romney ‘47%’ video

In early coverage, reporters overstated the meaning and impact of Romney’s comments—and left out out key context

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Yesterday, Mother Jones released a secretly-recorded video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney making the following comments... More

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Medicare: Where’s the evidence that vouchers save money?

The National Journal seeks some, and comes up empty

Margot Sanger-Katz, a National Journal reporter who has been brave enough to question conventional wisdom surrounding health policy—she reported that... More

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Romney’s welfare ads: Whom do they affect?

A consensus about coded racial appeals may be only half right

Over the past month, many journalists have identified a new development in the presidential campaign: Mitt Romney’s decision to begin... More

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In Iowa, a ‘flag flap’ flop?

A controversy over handling of the flag draws coverage in Cedar Rapids

IOWA — Appearances by President Obama have become a bit old-hat in Iowa, one of the nation’s most contested swing... More

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How super are the super PACs?

A decades-old rule will give more clout to official campaign cash over the next two months, but reporters have barely noticed

Like a crime boss in a pinstriped suit who is now hailed as a pillar of the community, super PACS... More

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‘Serious, point-of-view journalism’?

A look at the most ambitious conservative news organization you’ve never heard of

At 4:45 on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Kevin Palmer stands in the lobby of the Charlotte... More

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What a higher Retirement Age really means

A Social Security mini-primer

The idea of raising the age at which workers can collect benefits from Social Security is very much in play.... More

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ProPublica ‘pull[s] back the curtain’

Justin Elliott shines light on a dark money group in Ohio; reporters there should take note

OHIO — Shadowy outside groups dropping cash into political races has been a recurrent theme this year in Ohio, as... More

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Medicare ‘bankruptcy’: CNN gets it right

The network fact-checks a frequent talking point, and does it well

Hooray for CNN.com, for fact checking the often-heard claim of Medicare’s “impending” bankruptcy. CNN’s contribution sets a high bar, and... More

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Et tu, Ryan?

Ryan Lizza’s dubious Bill Clinton quote

Ryan Lizza is one of the most perceptive political journalists going. His reporting on Barack Obama’s White House thinking, earlier... More

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Keeping facts at the forefront

The Detroit News walks readers through Romney’s “new message” on the auto bailouts

DETROIT — Political rhetoric about the 2008-2009 federal loans to the auto industry has ratcheted up in recent days. At... More

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Medicare spending: Do Obama and Romney see eye-to-eye?

Matthew Yglesias has a flawed but useful argument

Several days ago, Matthew Yglesias dug deeply into the Medicare weeds, arguing in Slate that Obama and Ryan basically agree... More

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A reporter in Ohio goes on the attack over drones

Fox 19’s Ben Swann makes waves with tough questions for president about kill list

OHIO — While it’s rare for a local television reporter to score a one-on-one interview with the president of the... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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