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Campaign Desk

The Coffee Lobby

Eric Lichtblau has a story in today’s New York Times noting that hundreds of meetings between White House officials and... More

The Narrative That Wouldn’t Die

Oil spill dragging down Obama, NBC insists—despite evidence to the contrary

Last week, Campaign Desk flagged a New York Times item that reported a surprising finding: for all the criticism about... More

The Docs and the Press

What a little help from their friends will do

Well, what do you know? Congress may finally be giving the doctors what they want—sort of. As Campaign Desk has... More

Congress Gives Defense Spending a Look

Will the press do the same?

The Hill is good to notice a small but potentially significant change in lawmakers’ attitudes toward Pentagon spending: a “growing... More

Politico Belatedly Provides a Welcome Explanation

Why news organizations should talk it out

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen took to his PressThink blog to spin forward... More

Dana Milbank, Ideologue

The WaPo columnist’s latest reflects the press bias for action

In his recent blog post on “the actual ideology of the American press,” NYU professor Jay Rosen identified Dana Milbank—the... More

Why Were South Carolina Voters So Uninformed?

S.C. media sit out the Democratic primary

When unemployed veteran Alvin Greene won the Democratic nomination for United States Senate in South Carolina with 59 percent of... More

A Politico Graf Goes Missing

Yesterday in one of Politico’s write-ups of the furor that ensued as it became known that damaging quotes from General... More

Reporting on Orszag Departure is Skin Deep

Peter Orszag’s decision to step down as the White House budget director didn’t get much press attention. The comings and... More

BREAKING: Hastings Enjoys Pornography, is Good Writer

This morning’s Politico Playbook brings this unusually prudish paragraph: FAILURE TO GOOGLE: A quick search would have showed McChrystal that... More

Sparring, Spinning in West Palm Beach

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post hosted (and broadcast on its Web site) a debate between Democratic Senatorial candidates Jeff... More

Beneath the Controversy, Lots of Good Reporting in Rolling Stone’s McChrystal Story

The reaction to Rolling Stone’s profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been fast and furious. But while we wonder what’s... More

McChrystal’s “Outside Set of Eyes” Resigns

The Washington Post has a brief report on the resignation of Duncan Boothby, Gen. Stanley McChrystal's civilian press aide who... More

More Words of Wisdom from Alan Simpson

Just who are the “lesser people” he had in mind?

Alan Simpson is quickly taking on the persona of the Energizer bunny—his mouth just doesn’t stop. We know about seniors... More

Polar Opposites

The press vs. poli-sci on the rise of partisanship in Congress

My article in our latest print issue on political science and the political press noted that the two camps offer... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

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

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

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.’”

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