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Bribe This

Despite years of failure, pundits still want to bribe Pashtuns

There is a dark irony to the faintly racist idea that Afghans are unprincipled mercenaries available to the highest bidders,... More

President, Know Thyself

WaPo’s Cohen on the Afghan war as a presidential self-actualization tool

There are lots of ways of thinking about foreign policy: not just political labels of recent vintage like “neoconservatism” and... More

The Times’s Ten-Step Program

Looking for the least-bad outcome in Afghanistan

The New York Times’s roundtable op-ed on Afghanistan yesterday doesn’t break any new ground, and it won’t carry the same... More

Picking Apart the Polls

Is opinion really shifting on abortion?

If you’re an avid news reader, there’s a good chance that sometime in the last day or so you’ve come... More

Baucus Watch, Part XVI

What we should have known all along

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

A Change That’s Hard to Believe In

Obama calls backsies on shield law

There’s a reason why people don’t trust politicians’ promises: from time to time, they go back on them. That’s exactly... More

The Whole World in His Hands

Overstating the president’s power, again

As any middle-school social studies student knows, the American system of government consists of three branches: the executive branch, which... More

Journalism in the Heartland

A shout out to the Kansas City Star and the Salina (Kan.) Journal

Good journalism doesn’t just grow on the right and left coasts. Two papers in America’s middle show that good reporting... More

An Open Debate on the Afghan War?

A measure of dissent on the full counterinsurgency doctrine

Expert opinion in the foreign policy think-tank world—your American Enterprise Institutes, your Councils on Foreign Relations, etc.—runs, on balance, hawkish.... More

Going for the Gold

Is Obama’s Olympic trip really a big political risk?

One of the persistent memes of American political journalism is that our president must always be testing his political power... More

CJR’s Town Hall Meetings, Part V

The view from the Italian festival, Scranton, Pa.

Everyone, it seems is trying to take the pulse of the electorate—Americans who, as the saying goes, vote with their... More

Baucus Watch, Part XV

What’s the senator hiding in his bill?

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

A Dart to Health Affairs

Policy journal jumps in bed with Aetna

In this day and age, when medical journals have come under fire for failing to disclose researchers’ conflicts of interest;... More

Baucus Watch, Part XIV

The senator confronts the affordability question

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

Q & A: Rick Perlstein

The liberal historian on ACORN, the Post, and wagging the dog

As the recent scandals surrounding the green-jobs advocate Van Jones and the community organizing group ACORN have shown, even under... 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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