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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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