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What’s a trillion, anyway?

How to make scary budget numbers meaningful

Throughout the weeks of intense coverage over the scheduled end of the Bush income tax cuts and the Obama payroll... More

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Medicare Uncovered: the pain from ‘skin in the game’

A report puts a hole in the plan to make people pay more

This is the first of a series of occasional "Medicare Uncovered" posts that will look at how the media are... More

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How right is the (1st round of) CW about 2012?

As the retrospectives roll in, a debate unfolds about Obama’s early ads

Theodore White’s The Making of the President 1960 was published in hardcover in July 1961, a breakneck pace in an... More

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If you were John Boehner, you’d cry too

Why journalists should put the struggles of the House speaker in a larger context

On Thursday, John Boehner survived some conservative defections to narrowly win re-election as Speaker of the House, prompting a predictable... More

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Are the fiscal fights a bore?

Not to those who dig

One of the more telling stories to emerge during the holidays was Politico’s candid take on coverage of the fiscal... More

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The money behind the fiscal cliff hardliners

Plan B opponents drew major support from outside groups. What does that mean?

The fiscal cliff deal reached on Tuesday reflects a depressing new routine in Washington, DC: the federal government lurching from... More

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Must-reads of 2012: politics

What you should have read (in case you didn’t)

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. From New York magazine,... More

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A political documentary that defies convention

How’s Your News? takes a skewed perspective on Campaign 2012

It’s the second-to-last day of the 2012 Republican National Convention, and the How’s Your News? news team has Michele... More

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Faces Congress doesn’t see

The “chained CPI” debate needs to step out of wonkland

This week The Washington Post reported results from its December poll with ABC, which took the public pulse on a... More

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How to fix the media ownership debate

A modest proposal for harnessing mergers
to boost local reporting

The debate over “who owns the media” is heating up again, and has already become stuck in a bit of... More

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The least transparent Senators?

A counterintuitive campaign finance story doesn’t add up

It seemed like a startling and politically powerful story. I was looking through campaign finance disclosures, and came upon a... More

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Beware Green Lantern thinking in gun policy coverage

The president isn’t as powerful as you think

In a riff inspired by the blogger Matthew Yglesias a few years ago, I proposed what I called the Green... More

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Needed: Sherpas to guide us through fiscal cliff panic

No one wants to hike middle-class rates, so why does some coverage pretend they might rise?

The Tax Policy Center—a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution—has a lineage that in Washington think... More

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Meet the Debt Fixers

A laurel to New York magazine

For weeks on end the dominant financial story has been: (A) the consequences of falling off the fiscal cliff;... More

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The media discover the ‘chained CPI’

And the more they dig, the rougher it looks

Except for Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik, and a few stray media outlets here and there—The Providence Journal, The... 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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