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“And now, more than 4,000 posts later…”

More tales from the journalism hamster wheel

A funny thing is happening right now on Michael Calderone’s Politico blog: nothing. That’s because Calderone, prolific chronicler of the... More

License to Kill

Some background—and some questions—on the Anwar al-Awlaki authorization

The recent news that the Obama administration has authorized the CIA to kill the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki raised... More

Politico’s Interesting Take on Down-and-Sort-of-Out Rubin

Politico takes a look today at Robert Rubin, declaring him “decidedly out of favor in the nation’s capital.” There’s no... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Newsweek Lets Simpson Speak for Himself; American Banker Connects Politics and Policy, The Hill on the Obvious, Etc.

The bipartisan commission on the national debt established by President Obama is set to start working in a few weeks,... More

The White House vs. the Associated Press

Is talking to the insurance industry off limits?

Linda Douglass, who works at the White House Office of Health Reform, smacked the AP last week for its “so-called... More

Miscast Model

Sure, Jon Stewart’s brilliant. That doesn’t mean CNN should imitate him.

As the steady stream of proposals for how to “fix” CNN continues apace in the wake of last week’s dismal... More

Audit D.C. Notes: National Journal Uncovers Who Makes What on K Street; WaPo on What We Think About Homeownership, NYT on What to Expect, Etc.

What do they make? It’s what everyone wants to know, especially when it comes to the small world of K... More

Grove’s Death Knell for White House Press Corps Skips a Beat

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove tries to declare the death of the White House press corps. And he makes a... More

Getting Foxy on Currencies

The Treasury Department’s announcement that it’s delaying a much-anticipated decision on whether China manipulates its currency got lots of coverage—and... More

The Best-Covered News Story, Ever?

Does The New Republic live on Mars?

Last week, The New Republic turned over its health care blog “The Treatment” to an odd commenter on media coverage—University... More

WSJ Looks Past the Census Noise

The Wall Street Journal finds an interesting angle on the census, looking beyond the rhetoric of conservative activists who’ve been... More

Party Power

Hillary wouldn’t have pushed for health care? Don’t believe it

Via Kevin Drum, Bruce Bartlett has an essay at Forbes.com today that comes to a peculiar conclusion (emphasis added): I... More

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

ProPublica launches a new reporting tool

The folks at ProPublica have been covering the troubles with the federal government’s home loan modification program for awhile, and... More

Congress Not Popular in ‘08, Either

In his column today in The Washington Post, David Broder laments the sunken state of Capitol Hill. Despite the passage... More

NYT’s Uncertain Trumpet on States’ Finances

The New York Times starts with a simple premise today: With many states facing debt problems like Greece did—big budget... 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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