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Another Null Result: Obama’s Numbers Stable in Wake of Spill

John Harwood’s Monday contributions to The New York Times’s “Caucus” blog provide a reliably level-headed take on the political news... More

Deficit Still Not Dominant

Some cold water on a Gallup poll that’s making the rounds

My colleague Holly Yeager made a pretty good case the other day that the press is exaggerating the level of... More

Party-Switchers Losing Elections: Not Hard to Explain

A piece in Politico today proffers a few explanations for Blanche Lincoln’s moderately surprising win in Arkansas’s Democratic Senate primary.... More

Sebelius Watch, Part III

Schizophrenia over Medicare Advantage plans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has emerged as the person to watch as the Obama administration scrambles to... More

The End of Men in Politics? Um, No

Some perspective on the “Ladies’ Night” meme

As if to unite Ryan’s irritation with sensational headlines at The Atlantic with Liz’s observation that “Ladies’ Night” seems to... More

Deficit Dominant

In its story on the Obama administration’s apparent inability to take strong steps to spur the economy and create jobs,... More

Washington Wins! (And Loses, Too!)

The limits of the “anti-Washington” frame for interpreting the elections

Continuing with the theme of insta-narratives from Tuesday’s elections, a co-worker passes on Ron Fournier’s analysis piece for The Associated... More

Pick a Narrative, any Narrative…

So, the results from Super Duper Tuesday are in. What insta-narratives are our leading press outlets constructing? Let’s take a... More

Primaries & The Gang

And the feelin's right/Oh, yes it's... ABC News CBS News's Bob Schieffer: "The biggest election day of the year heading... More

More Lessons from Political Science

How understanding the horse race can keep us from obsessing over it

I’m late in flagging it, but Slate’s Chris Beam, riffing of my magazine article on what political journalists can learn... More

Audit D.C. Notes: The Disappearing Watchdog, Dinner—and Dollars—with a Staffer, Tax Help Needed

Our comrades-in-criticism at the American Journalism Review are out with an important piece about the alarming decline of watchdog reporting... More

Beach Blanket Bingo

Veep’s party revives age-old ethical debate

One of the classic ethical questions in journalism—how much distance should a reporter keep from his sources and subjects?—is back... More

The Small Business Angle, Part II

The Boston Globe discovers the fine print

One of the best stories I’ve seen in the post-health reform media era comes from the Boston Globe. Health reporter... More

Politico Sees Public Unions Under Fire

But adds to the problem it describes

Politico picks a good moment to write about the way public employee unions have landed in the crosshairs, as politicians... More

The Small Business Angle

A gutsy health reform piece from Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney, Colorado Public Radio’s health reporter, did a good job recently on a story that more and more in... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

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

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