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Ron Wyden Speaks Out

Straight talk on affordability from Oregon’s senior senator

On Friday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden got the Senate health care duo, Max Baucus and Harry Reid, to agree that... More

Greg Craig and Transparency

Time’s Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf have a months long tick-tock chronicling the steps and missteps of soon-to-be-former White House... More

Not For All the News in China, Part I

Former NYT Shanghai bureau chief Howard French on the coverage of Obama’s trip to Asia

The past week’s flurry of stories and opinion pieces chronicling President Barack Obama’s fortunes in the Far East made much... More

Let’s Get this Party Organized

Strong Politico story takes a close look at the Tea Party movement

In Politico today, Ken Vogel has a very interesting and worthwhile article about the emerging internal conflicts—both philosophical and personal—within... More

Popular Diplomacy

The press pretends to be surprised that Obama’s charm didn’t work wonders in Asia

As media narratives go, this whole “Barack Obama is a popular individual and a gifted speaker with a compelling personal... More

Thoughts on the Gelman/Silver Op-Ed

As anyone who’s read my writing can probably tell, I think political journalism should pay more attention to what political... More

Laurel to the Missoulian

For telling the human story of health reform

Last Sunday, the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana did what Campaign Desk has been urging papers to do--it showed how its... More

Straying from the Facts

AP’s fact check of Palin reaches too far

Over the weekend, there was a bit of a dust-up between the Associated Press, Sarah Palin, and their respective supporters... More

What Money Can’t Buy

Times story offers a unique picture of lobbyists at work

Robert Pear’s excellent story in Sunday’s New York Times, about how lobbyists framed the health care debate in Congress, probably... More

Missing Persons

How will reform affect ordinary folks?

Come on now. We’ve heard enough about the political horserace of health reform—way too much of Nancy, Max, and Olympia.... More

Strike a Pose—Rogue (Rogue, Rogue…)

Sarah Palin’s Newsweek cover isn’t sexist. It’s actually kind of empowering.

Move over, third-wave feminism. Second-wave Palinism is upon us. Yep: Sarah Barracuda is back. (Or, to be more accurate: she’s... More

Do Doctors Always Tell the Truth?

No, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kudos to the Journal Sentinel and reporter John Fauber for digging up the difference between fact and fiction when it... More

Sarah Palin: Just Not That Popular

Continetti’s unpersuasive pitch for a Palin comeback

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page takes a break from running Sarah Palin-authored op-eds today and instead runs a piece... More

A Shield for Bloggers?

Just who is a journalist today?

It’s been a long, winding journey for the shield law. But the bill, which would provide journalists with some protection... More

Organizing Armey

Good Times Mag piece notes importance of institutions

I’m late to the party in discussing Michael Sokolove’s profile of Dick Armey in last week’s New York Times Magazine,... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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