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Audit D.C. Notes: A Deal Unravels, Vuvuzela Valentine, Senate Sport

Politico has some great reporting on the Democrats’ backroom maneuvering to pass the Disclose Act, which would increase disclosure requirements... More

Shining Light on the Debt Commission

I’m not usually a big fan of ambush journalism. But I’m making an exception for Alex Lawson of Social Security... More

WikiLeaks Alleges Collusion

Wired’s happy to set the timeline straight

On June 6, Wired.com published a piece reporting that a U.S. soldier named Bradley Manning, who purportedly claimed to be... More

A Laurel to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For keeping the spotlight on the doctors’ shenanigans

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter John Fauber deserves kudos for his dogged reporting on some unsavory practices in the medical profession.... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Ouija Boards, Older 99ers, Making Lemonade

The Washington Post picks a good moment to profile Scott Rasmussen, the pollster who’s hitting the big-time, even if the... More

(Other People’s) Pundits Drowned Out Obama’s Oil Speech

At Newsweek.com, Jeremy McCarter describes "How Cable TV Pundits Stepped on Obama's Oil Speech." Writes McCarter: Critics describe the Beltway... More

Florida, Lately: Big Bucks and “Baggage”

And Heidi Fleiss

A roundup of recent campaign news from and about Florida: Can you win a primary when the following three facts... More

Are All Americans Living Longer?

CNBC didn’t ask the right questions

A few days ago, CNBC’s Squawk Box turned its show over to a gab-fest between two VIPs in the Social... More

All Talk and No Oil Cap Makes Barack A Dull Boy

A roundup of press coverage of and reaction to Obama’s Oval Office address on the Gulf oil spill

Eight weeks into the biggest oil spill disaster in American history and beset by criticism of the federal reaction to... More

WaPo on Not Really Walking Away

The Washington Post is good to notice a shift among lenders, who have become more aggressive about going after borrowers... More

“We Will Make BP Pay”

"We will make BP Pay" are among the words from President Obama's Oval Office address last night that seemed to... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Ethics in The Hill, Lobbyists Not on the Hill, New Sheriff in Town, Part IV

The Hill did good work breaking the news that a House ethics office “is demanding fundraising information from lobbyists on... More

Calling BS on Official Boilerplate

Adam Liptak has a story in today’s New York Times about William Macumber, an Arizona man who’s been in prison... More

How Vast Mineral Resources Could Be Bad for Afghanistan

NYT discusses perils of resource curse; AP doesn’t

So, the big story of the day—that New York Times front-pager on the discovery of “nearly $1 trillion in untapped... More

Of Death Panels and Rationing

Don Berwick’s messy confirmation

For awhile it looked like Don Berwick was the perfect candidate to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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

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