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Campaign Desk

The Devil in the Details, Part IV

Who benefits from wellness incentives—an overweight colleague, your boss, insurers, or you?

Every lobbyist swarming Capitol Hill these days knows that, when it comes to legislation, the devil is always lurking in... More

Nobody ‘Needs’ a Civil War

Friedman’s unnerving model for the conflict in the Muslim world

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has a well-established record of believing that forceful action (read: violent conflict) is a... More

Covering Joe

Is Lieberman a villain, or just taking care of the folks at home?

Any student of politics or any journalist who covers politics knows that members of Congress look out for their constituents,... More

Say it Ain’t So, Joe

Online outlets lead coverage of Joe Lieberman’s health reform reversal

It became cliché long ago to note how the online political discourse can take on a life of its own,... More

A Shout-out to the Associated Press

For exposing a big loophole in the health reform bill

Back in August, Campaign Desk pointed out that President Obama’s much-ballyhooed consumer protections required the media’s critical eye as legislation... More

The Shield after Senate Judiciary

A victory was notched, but the battle’s not won

Last Thursday, the journalism organizations at work on a shield bill won two victories in quick succession. In just about... More

The Next Most Underreported Health Reform Story

What will happen to SCHIP?

Where are the chips falling, so to speak, when it comes to the popular State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)?... More

Generally Speaking

Official pronouncements dominate recent coverage of Afghan war

Take a quick survey of leading news sites over the last few days, and it’s easy to conclude that President... More

Mark Knoller Knows

CBS Radio correspondent can tell you where the President’s been

Today President Obama will slip into Air Force One, wing over to Oslo and, once again, touch foreign soil. Not... More

The Botox Beat

Using the press to fight a proposed tax on cosmetic surgery

First came the medical device makers and now the plastic surgeons. Both groups have a problem. You see, Congress wants... More

FOIA after the Open Government Directive

Measure, monitor, and improve

With today's launch of the Obama administration's Open Government Plan, we’ve passed another milestone on the path towards a new... More

Sex Isn’t the Story

The real controversy behind the Baucus-Hanes affair

“The scandal isn’t what’s illegal; it’s what’s legal.” That line, usually attributed to Michael Kinsley, has been repeated so often... More

What’s So Public about a Public Plan?

The language says it all

Word comes from Politico that maybe—just maybe—the Senate is nearing a deal on the public option. You remember—that larger-than-life legislative... More

“Obama Overexposed?”: Upon Us Yet Again

Carr puts a new spin on the old question

Three words sum up, I think, the current state of our generally scenic but sometimes arid Media Landscape—three words manage... More

The Most Underreported Health Reform Story

And the senator from Nebraska

Friday night the Senate gave grudging support to a provision in its health reform bill—the so-called CLASS Act, short for... 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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