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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

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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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