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Smart Post piece asks: Do campaign ads work?

Campaign cash is eye-popping, but impact at presidential level is likely limited

I’m late to this, but The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi had a sharp piece the other day about the uses... More

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The Times finds the people angle on Social Security

A human story clarifies a policy question

It was good to see The New York Times publish the kind of story we have been urging—one that describes... More

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Why can’t the press let politicians have principles?

Plus: HuffPost’s good work on campaign consultants, and a better way to cover gaffes

No one—not even the love child of Horatio Alger and Ayn Rand—rivals campaign reporters when it comes to worshipping ambition.... More

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Do campaign gaffes matter? Not to voters

Overhyped gaffe coverage is a sign that editors should shift resources to other stories

Since Friday, the national political conversation has been dominated by a debate over the importance of President Obama’s statement, at... More

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In Ohio, the money-in-politics story is rich

Reporters in Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton follow the money

OHIO — The money being thrown at political campaigns and advertising here in Ohio is coming so fast and furious... More

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When it comes to Jeb Bush, ‘no’ is not enough

Memo to the media: He really doesn’t want to be vice president.

FLORIDA — Sitting across from Jeb Bush last week on the set of CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose asked: “You... More

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Romney’s Religion

What should journalists do with the Mormon thing?

“Surely, secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square.”... More

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A ‘conversation convener’ in Charlotte

Fannie Flono, Charlotte Observer columnist and “sassy black woman,” talks about her public consideration of ideas

During the somewhat less frantic months of the presidential campaign season—between the primaries and the nominating conventions—the Swing States Project... More

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Dark money targets Hispanics in Silver State

The law makes shining a light difficult, but reporters can do more than they have so far

NEVADA — Here in swing state Nevada—the southern reaches of which are less than a five-hour drive from Mexico—Latinos make... More

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Missing: Voters’ voices in Rep. McCotter story

Michigan reporters should stop ceding their hometown advantage and dig in

MICHIGAN — Michigan political journalists have a big story on their hands: U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter, a five-term incumbent who... More

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Uncovering an investigation in Ohio

The New Republic finds news that local papers hadn’t. Why did that happen, and how big a problem is it?

OHIO — In August 2011, The Blade of Toledo published an eyebrow-raising report: 16 employees of a Canton-based direct marketing... More

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The word on the street: frustrated

Listening to voters at a Pennsylvania Walmart

Last week a NBC News/Marist poll showed President Obama and Mitt Romney locked in a tight race in Florida and... More

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How to cover the birthers? Denver Post shows what not to do

After paper asks readers for their “take,” radio host offers his

On Thursday, CJR published pieces by Walter Shapiro and Brendan Nyhan that grapple with the question of how journalists can... More

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Journalists: do no harm!

If you must cover the birthers, here’s an annotated how-to

In a series of media interviews conducted before a Las Vegas fundraiser with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Donald... More

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Things that go Trump in the night

The Donald’s birther circus recalls McCarthy’s “card-carrying Communists”

On February 9, 1950, a back-bench Wisconsin senator named Joseph McCarthy delivered an unheralded political speech to a Republican women’s... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Bloggingheads

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

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