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In Iowa, a ‘flag flap’ flop?

A controversy over handling of the flag draws coverage in Cedar Rapids

IOWA — Appearances by President Obama have become a bit old-hat in Iowa, one of the nation’s most contested swing... More

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How super are the super PACs?

A decades-old rule will give more clout to official campaign cash over the next two months, but reporters have barely noticed

Like a crime boss in a pinstriped suit who is now hailed as a pillar of the community, super PACS... More

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‘Serious, point-of-view journalism’?

A look at the most ambitious conservative news organization you’ve never heard of

At 4:45 on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Kevin Palmer stands in the lobby of the Charlotte... More

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What a higher Retirement Age really means

A Social Security mini-primer

The idea of raising the age at which workers can collect benefits from Social Security is very much in play.... More

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ProPublica ‘pull[s] back the curtain’

Justin Elliott shines light on a dark money group in Ohio; reporters there should take note

OHIO — Shadowy outside groups dropping cash into political races has been a recurrent theme this year in Ohio, as... More

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Medicare ‘bankruptcy’: CNN gets it right

The network fact-checks a frequent talking point, and does it well

Hooray for CNN.com, for fact checking the often-heard claim of Medicare’s “impending” bankruptcy. CNN’s contribution sets a high bar, and... More

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Et tu, Ryan?

Ryan Lizza’s dubious Bill Clinton quote

Ryan Lizza is one of the most perceptive political journalists going. His reporting on Barack Obama’s White House thinking, earlier... More

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Keeping facts at the forefront

The Detroit News walks readers through Romney’s “new message” on the auto bailouts

DETROIT — Political rhetoric about the 2008-2009 federal loans to the auto industry has ratcheted up in recent days. At... More

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Medicare spending: Do Obama and Romney see eye-to-eye?

Matthew Yglesias has a flawed but useful argument

Several days ago, Matthew Yglesias dug deeply into the Medicare weeds, arguing in Slate that Obama and Ryan basically agree... More

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A reporter in Ohio goes on the attack over drones

Fox 19’s Ben Swann makes waves with tough questions for president about kill list

OHIO — While it’s rare for a local television reporter to score a one-on-one interview with the president of the... More

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At home with the PPL in Charlotte

The grassroots and the establishment create a media workspace at the convention

CHARLOTTE — On the top floor of Packard Place, a 1920s-era building five blocks from the site of the Democratic... More

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After Charlotte: baffled by the horse race

A provocative NYT article prompts an extra dose of journalistic humility

CHARLOTTE — During Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, I was simultaneously live-blogging for Yahoo News, tweeting my reactions (“The Lincoln line... More

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When factcheckers get trigger-happy

A checklist to help journalists decide when to take aim

Is there such a thing as too much factchecking? Factcheck.org described former President Bill Clinton's speech to the Democratic convention... More

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To follow the political money: a wonderful tool

And Virginia’s newsrooms are under-using it

VIRGINIA—It might have been overwhelming for any newsroom to try to track the political advertising cash flowing into the Commonwealth... More

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The word on the street: disillusioned

Listening to voters talk Medicare in Pennsylvania

Over the weekend, I visited an Italian festival in Scranton, PA, where the crowd, mostly older and white, had gathered... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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