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Take this fiscal pop quiz

Test your knowledge about federal spending—and federal-spending myths

From Henry Aaron, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, comes a pop quiz that's fun to take and tests... More

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The enduring myth of the Greedy Geezer

The press too easily accepts the young vs. old frame on the Social Security debate

A meme that has been bubbling up in the media for months goes something like this: The elderly have... More

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On Ryan budget plan, Wonkblog shines

WashPost’s crew stands above a generally middling performance by the press

On Tuesday, GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled his umpteenth budget plan of the last... More

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Special interests and Obama’s political advocacy group

Here are four ways lobbyists and corporations can still influence Organizing for Action

Tonight, President Obama will address the "founders summit" of Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group created to promote his... More

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That’s not a factcheck!

How punditry undermines the mission of journalistic watchdogs

What, exactly, is a "serious" plan to resolve the budget impasse in Congress? It's not clear how to define adjectives... More

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Exchange Watch: half a story in Connecticut

On insurance affordability, the Hartford Courant falls short

This is the second in a series we're calling Exchange Watch, which will keep an eye on the rollout of... More

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A laurel to WLTX meteorologist Jim Gandy

For tackling climate change science in a red state where politics can polarize it

COLUMBIA, SC -- Four years ago, an academic climate change researcher and a Washington, DC-area meteorologist were looking to... More

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Progress with pertussis: Is it goodbye?

In the sequestration era, reporters need to stay on the whooping cough story

In a recent piece for msnbc.com, Geoffrey Cowley paints a dark picture of the impact sequestration cuts will have on... More

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About those prostitutes

In the Menendez affair, ABC News is looking better and better for having stepped away from a story that the Daily Caller is still trying to flog

For the last two months, the press has been rehashing allegations that Senator Robert Menendez slept with prostitutes, some... More

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Brill’s big breakthrough

A Time manifesto on healthcare costs smashes fences that have constricted this conversation for far too long

Steven Brill's taboo-busting X-ray of the US medical system, "Bitter Pill," has a chance to reframe the way we... More

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Sen. Manchin’s ‘no gun questions’ Q&A

A West Virginia paper lands a sit-down with its senator—with conditions

COLUMBIA, SC -- On Sunday, The Journal in Martinsburg, WV, published a question-and-answer interview with Democratic US Sen. Joe Manchin,... More

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Anatomy of a so-called scandal (UPDATED)

On the Sen. Menendez story, flimsy prostitution claims vs. stronger allegations of influence-peddling. Guess which gets more play?

Update, 3/4, 7:15 pm: Less than two hours after this article was posted, The Washington Post published a story on... More

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Behind The Detroit News’s deep dive on property taxes

Lead reporter Christine MacDonald discusses how the investigation came together

DETROIT, MI -- Word came this afternoon: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will announce Friday whether he intends to name an... More

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Time to leave budget biases behind

Deficits are falling and government jobs are disappearing. Is it really so obvious we have a spending problem?

With the automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration set to take effect Friday--and plenty of other budget wars looming... More

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Policing the food police (part 1):
the assault on salt

Covering government efforts to improve the nation’s eating habits is more complicated than it seems

This is the first installment in an occasional series that will examine media coverage of public initiatives aimed at ending... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

Bloggingheads

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

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