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The Meaning of Those CBO Numbers

Smoke and mirrors and the doctor fix

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) numbers released at the end of last week gave the House Democrats the ammo they were... More

Social Security’s Code Words

Erskine Bowles takes the stage

Those who consider themselves Social Security mavens know the name Erskine Bowles. Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, and currently... More

Scoring the CBO Score

Amid all the spinning and sparring over the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of health care legislation, a couple of stories... More

Tax Talk

It might not be a full-fledged meme change, but the idea that tax increases could really be on tap has... More

Hooking the Big Ones

Matt Labash’s meetings with remarkable men

Fly Fishing with Darth Vader: And Other Adventures with Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, and Jewish Cowboys | By Matt Labash... More

Audit D.C. Notes: The Post on Chamber Politics, Roll Call on K St. Pay, Hoop Dreams

The Chamber of Commerce, that under-covered business behemoth, gets welcome attention from The Washington Post, which reports on the group’s... More

Parsing the AP’s Health Care Primer

Its attempt at informing falls short

The Associated Press has been an important voice in the health care debate. So it was disappointing to see its... More

CBS Throws Debt Numbers Against Wall

CBS News is getting a lot of diggs, tweets and shares for its story on the latest national debt numbers... More

Audit D.C. Notes: The FT Looks at the Lobbyist Set; WSJ on Credit Agencies, NPR on the Dow, Etc.

The Financial Times takes a look something that all too often gets treated like wallpaper in Washington, the persistent power... More

He-Said, She-Said on Medicare

The Times gets stuck on the surface of the Medicare debate

The dispatch from Strongsville, Ohio in today’s New York Times, about Barack Obama’s efforts to rally public support for his... More

Reporting from the Examining Room

The New York Times gets credit for going where few bother, into the examining rooms of doctors who see Medicaid... More

The President Pushes against Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

But what do those terms really mean?

The president has a sales job to do if he wants the American people to get behind whatever reform emerges... More

Why So Serious?

Parsing the Post’s piece on Obama’s “happiness deficit”

The editorial page of The Washington Post has a well-established reputation for its hawkish stance on fiscal matters, so it... More

Audit D.C. Notes: NYT Does Well at (Trade) School; WaPo on Earmarks, Squeezed in Ypsilanti, Etc.

The New York Times continues its excellent series on “The New Poor” with a look at the for-profit colleges and... More

Is the Past Prologue?

The pedigree of Alan Simpson

Before too many weeks pass, I want to comment on an illuminating Gray Matters column by Saul Friedman, an old... 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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