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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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