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The Globe knew about that Scott Brown lawsuit—and passed

On Thursday afternoon, Gawker reported that Scott Brown—the Republican whose victory in a special election in Massachusetts has cost Democrats... More

Medicare Kicks Out Fox Insurance

And therein lie some lessons for the press

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) took strong action the other day when it kicked Fox Insurance out... More

When a Story Comes Along, Must You Whip It?

Competing approaches to covering the legislative endgame

Since it became clear sometime during the past few weeks that the fate of health care reform rests in the... More

What Was Sebelius Saying?

David Gregory didn’t probe too deeply

The president and his staff have brought us to the stump-speech stage of health reform: the familiar talking points, the... More

Audit D.C. Notes: WSJ Good on Wall Street Muni Fees; Newsweek on Design, Bloomberg Goes Contrarian on Obama, Etc.

The Wall Street Journal digs into Build America Bonds, enacted as part of last year’s stimulus plan “to create jobs... More

A Weak Excuse for an Unemployment Story

The Washington Post takes some Senate bait for its page-one story about the long-term unemployed, and the result, is, well,... More

Strategic Error

Times Axelrod profile gets mixed up on messaging

Mark Leibovich’s front-page piece on the sufferings of David Axelrod in Sunday’s New York Times—the press apparently having decided to... More

Regulating Health Care, Part III

When is an insurance company too small to cover?

The pols and the advocacy groups have told us for months that health reform is supposed to produce tighter regulation... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Medicaid, Rest Stops, Galbraith, Etc.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities previews the upcoming congressional debate over whether to extend the federal support for... More

Support for WSJ’s Jobs Optimism is Thin

There’s plenty of green-shoot glory in the Journal’s Ahead of the Tape column, which uses accelerating corporate profits to help... More

Bad Diagnoses

The recent ‘Rahm’ stories offer plenty of prescriptions. Are we sure Obama is sick?

As my colleague Holly Yeager noted the other day, the spate of Rahm Emanuel stories that have lately been clogging... More

NYT’s Rose-Colored Small Biz Scenario

The New York Times paints an awfully pretty picture of older workers who decide to launch their own businesses. Trouble... More

Meme Change

It looks like an economic meme change is on the way, with some thoughtful columnists charting the course. The Times’s... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part X

Unintended consequences for low-income workers

Four years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Collender on reconciliation; WSJ on stalled jobs

--Stan Collender shows why he’s considered one of Washington’s brighter budget bulbs, with a Roll Call column that explains why... 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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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