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Exchange Watch: Are New Yorkers getting a bargain?

The state announces a big win on health policy prices, but a closer look is in order

Hallelujah! New York's insurance exchange--kept under wraps for months by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo--has finally brought forth... More

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A laurel to Time’s ‘Battleland’ blog

Winslow Wheeler’s posts show how the Pentagon uses its own inflation adjuster to make the case for more spending

The growth in the Pentagon budget over time is even greater than you think--and the scale of the increase... More

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When ‘he said,’ ‘she said’ is dangerous

Media errs in giving “balanced” coverage to McCarthy’s discredited views

ABC's announcement yesterday that actress/comedian Jenny McCarthy will become a co-host of The View brought forth a torrent of condemnation... More

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Exchange Watch: No drama in Vermont’s insurance rates

The AP reported the Green Mountain State’s rate announcement, but not the broader story

Last week, Vermont's Green Mountain Care Board, an independent body created by the legislature to approve benefit plans and rates... More

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Michigan’s ‘free-market’ media machine

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a major player in state media. What to make of it?

DETROIT, MI -- In a time of upheaval for both politics and media, state-level think tanks sit at a peculiar... More

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Beyond San Onofre’s closure

The LA Times and U-T San Diego thoroughly covered the local nuclear power plant’s closing, but the wider energy story is still waiting to be told

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- Nuclear power plants are complex, interdependent systems of systems, and the state and federal bureaucracies that... More

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Back to the basics on immigration

With reform push stalled, it’s time to focus on fundamentals—and explore how the issue looks from across the border

AUSTIN, TX -- As Congress careens toward its annual August recess, the fate of immigration reform is unresolved. House Republicans... More

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The Obamacare ad wars begin

An opening salvo from conservatives scores low on honesty, and some reporters have noticed

Competition for the hearts and minds of the voters in 2014 has begun with a bang--the opening salvo in... More

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Covering Obamacare: a bit of bad advice

Explaining how to get insurance? Yes, please. Enrolling people? Not your job

Last week a story appeared on the website of the Association of Health Care Journalists that reported on a... More

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Surprise? Employer mandate delayed

A laurel to Politico for strong coverage of the latest plot twist in the healthcare reform story

The Obama administration's just-before-July 4 surprise--postponing for a year the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate--generated a ton of news... More

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What the Koch brothers’ spending tells us

The Investigative Reporting Workshop’s in-depth report, “The Koch Club,” underscores a shift in political giving

Few political donors have drawn greater scrutiny than the Koch brothers, the chemical manufacturing moguls whose lucrative support of conservative... More

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Exchange Watch: Ohio insurance redux

A shout-out to The Plain Dealer

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the Ohio press--as well as some writers for national outlets--had fallen for the... More

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Fifty worst charities: a reporters’ resource

A Laurel to the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting for a report that other journalists can put to work

An impressive investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting identified 50 charities around the... More

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Assignment Desk: Four stories on the Western energy beat

What’s the future of coal? What about water? And is that really a united front?

PROVO, UT -- At a posh resort near Park City last weekend, the chief executives of seven Western states gathered... More

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Last week Texas, this week North Carolina?

When NC GOP legislators quietly added abortion restrictions to a bill banning Sharia Law, Raleigh’s WRAL was (and is) on it

COLUMBIA, SC -- Last night, Senate Republicans in North Carolina stunned their Democratic colleagues--and observers and media--when they quietly tacked... 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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