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Lessons in Rahmology

The arc of a who’s-up, who’s-down story

The Washington Post gives White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel the page-one attention that befits this big personality with... More

Differing Takes on Reconciliation

Finding the soundbites, and missing the meaning, in Kent Conrad’s remarks

Stenography-as-reporting tends to get a bad name because it allows politicians to say false or misleading things without being held... More

The Cost of Living, Part III

Are the docs really going to drop their patients?

Containing the runaway cost of medical care is the thorniest of all the thorny issues in the health-reform debate. There’s... More

Takeaway from the Summit

Decoding what was said during yesterday’s health care reform meeting

For weeks leading up to the president’s health care summit yesterday, the media tossed around phrases like ‘kabuki dance,’ ‘dog-and-pony... More

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Rubio’s haircut isn’t—or shouldn’t be—the story

On his way to a truly spectacular and ignominious flame-out, John Edwards seems to have left at least one political... More

A Few Sour Notes In National Journal’s Chamber Piece

National Journal goes in a good direction this week, with a long look at a powerful Washington institution that gets... More

The Cost of Living, Part II

A shout-out to the San Francisco Chronicle

Containing the runaway cost of medical care is the thorniest of all the thorny issues in the health-reform debate. There’s... More

News Flash: Obama WILL Run for Reelection.

A CJR conversation on today’s Politico “exclusive”

This morning, the front page of Politico announced an exclusive story. The headline? "W.H. privately plots 2012 campaign run." This... More

Audit D.C. Notes: A Meta, Mega-Krugman Profile; State Tax-Receipt Nosedive; Traffic Tix as Revenue Source? Maybe.

--Larrissa MacFarquhar’s 10,000-word New Yorker profile of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has kind of a meta-feel to it,... More

WSJ Ledes on the OPR Report

Elsewhere, confused language makes for confusing copy

When reading through the major papers’ coverage of the release of a series of documents surrounding the department’s investigation into... More

Digging Deep

Beyond day one on the torture ethics report

It can’t be fun. Late on a Friday, some important, extremely controversial, highly complicated, and very long government document drops.... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall Meeting

And finds a cross-section of public opinion on health reform

The polls continue to say that roughly half of Americans don’t support health reform. A Zogby poll finds that about... More

Sebelius Discovers More Rate Increases

And the press finally takes note

We were pleased to see HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discover that high rate increases proposed by Anthem Blue Cross were... More

Marco Rubio and the Republican Elite

Wielding national political power without elite support is a pipe dream

Marco Rubio seems to be the breakout star of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, the yearly gathering of right-wing... More

The Anthem Saga Revisited

What exactly was the Times trying to tell us?

The story idea seemed reasonable—a follow-up to the news that Anthem Blue Cross planned to raise rates on individual policies... 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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