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A Risky Time for Rep. Rangel?

Times, Politico differ on whether longtime pol is in peril

There's a pair of dueling articles out today about the political fortunes of Charlie Rangel, one in Politico and the... More

Those Who Play Spray Together…

What do you get when you bring together a water slide, Wolf Blitzer (among other journalists), water guns, and Rahmbo... More

Ending “Lame” Data

Aneesh Chopra gives an update on the Open Government Directive

This morning, Aneesh Chopra, who as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer was charged with the development of the Obama... More

USAT vs. the Job-Training Myth

USA Today does good work on the unemployment beat, looking at the promise of job training—and the disappointment that often... More

A Conversation with KQED’s Sarah Varney

How do you keep a story fresh?

Now that the great health care reform effort is over—or just beginning, depending on your point of view—the media face... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Who’s Unemployed, What’s Obama Saying, Where’s Washingtonpost.com’s Congress News?

The long-term unemployment scene just keeps getting worse, and The Wall Street Journal is good to highlight the problem: The... More

Ellsberg and Assange

America’s most famous leaker meets a WikiLeaks founder

It was a meeting across generations and technology. Daniel Ellsberg, who made his name nearly forty years ago by providing... More

WaPo Crunches Leadership PAC Numbers

The Washington Post shines a light on an increasingly important fixture in Washington’s money and politics scene, the leadership PAC.... More

With Graduation Series, NPR’s Anecdotes Tell Only Part of the Story

NPR is marking graduation season with a series on recent grads and “the frustrations and fears they face as they... More

Another Take on the Times’s Memphis Piece

And the Social Security connection

The New York Times’s excellent piece Sunday—already praised by our Holly Yeager—ended with an unsettling conclusion: Blacks in Memphis are... More

Audit D.C. Notes: WaPo on the Debt Dilemma, CAP Previews the FinReg Conference, Rachman on Happy Warriors, Etc.

The Washington Post does well today with a nice plain-English look at a contemporary conundrum: The U.S. government debt is... More

Sequestered in Memphis

The NYT does strong reporting on blacks’ vanishing gains

The New York Times continues its excellent series on The New Poor with a look at Memphis, and the socioeconomic... More

Meet the “Shadow Congress”

TPM's Zachary Roth (formerly of CJR) and Justin Elliott have put together an interactive map of the "Shadow Congress," the... More

What Congress Giveth, It Also Taketh Away

Farewell, COBRA extensions?

Much of the health news coverage of late has tracked the topics that administration officials, notably HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius,... More

The Times Takes a Timely Look at Migration

The New York Times has a fascinating look at an angle of the immigration story that often goes unnoticed: international... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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