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A puzzling parade of projections in PA

As debate on Medicaid expansion continues, can reporters point the way to credible figures?

DETROIT, MI -- Would a Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania cost the state millions? Billions? Or will it actually bring in... More

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People aren’t too worried about the sequester. Is the media to blame?

Coverage is too often dull or absent, but NYT piece on air travel is a standout

Americans are not especially worried about the mandatory federal spending cuts set to begin March 1, widely cited polling by... More

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ProPublica shines a light on dark money

In the murky new world of money-and-politics reporting, even small victories are hard won

Over the last two years, political reporters have shined a glaring spotlight on super PACs and their funders. Just ask... More

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Sequester debate takes hold in the press

The good, the bad, and the indifferent in this week’s coverage—plus some resources for reporters just tuning in

With mandatory federal spending cuts looming on March 1, news organizations have finally begun running down the numbers on whose... More

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Immigration reform and private prison cash

Key lawmakers in the immigration debate are among the top recipients of campaign contributions from the prison industry

As immigration reform picks up steam in Congress, conventional wisdom holds that a handful of key players are shaping the... More

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The third party fever dream, revisited

Five points for reporters to consider about third party prospects

National Journal's Ron Fournier has posted a gracious reply to my CJR column challenging what I considered to be his... More

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Exchange Watch: growing pains in Connecticut

Is the state’s model insurance plan unaffordable?

On October 1, state health insurance exchanges throughout the country, called Health Insurance Marketplaces, will start enrolling people eligible... More

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VA background checks, WVA bar checks

A roundup of notable coverage on politics & policy from the southeast

COLUMBIA, SC -- With the national gun control debate now focused on the proposed expansion of background checks to private... More

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A few bad apples

Texas and the NRA’s proposal to arm teachers

William Hardy Gest co-reported and co-wrote this piece. Holly Regan contributed research. AUSTIN, Texas -- As the country debates gun... More

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The third party fever dream

Why do some journalists keep predicting a major challenge to the two-party system?

National Journal editorial director Ron Fournier is a respected journalist with years of distinguished service as an Associated Press correspondent... More

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Caveat emptor: You’re on your own with those vitamins

In absence of oversight, journalists should warn consumers of risks as well as benefits

The popular health story of the past week, picked up from ABC News to Yahoo and across the gamut of... More

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Nate Silver defends contested post

His decision to omit outside spending still leads to an incomplete analysis

On Tuesday, I wrote a post that raised questions about New York Times statistical ace Nate Silver's recent analysis of... More

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Medicare Uncovered: What the president said, and didn’t say

The search for hidden meanings in the reform rhetoric

The president's State of the Union message may have sort of resolved the question: "Will he or won't he... More

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What’s on the chopping block?

The great sequestration guessing game: What will Democrats surrender?

The fiscal cliff negotiations belong to the Dark Ages, the inaugural address has come and gone, the State of... More

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State of the Union media prebuttal II

What reporters should do instead of overhyping the SOTU

Early each year, I brace myself for an onslaught of poorly informed commentary and polling about the effects of the... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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

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