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IOWA!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Journalists covering the 2008 presidential race have spent the past year-and-a-half obsessing over every incremental development. But after Thursday's caucus in Iowa they can finally respond to actual voting. Mark Jurkowitz of the Project for Excellence in Journalism took a look at some of the coverage.

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True That

Friday, December 21, 2007

It's that time of year, when presidential candidates' thoughts turn to misstatements of fact. But with more and more news outlets taking the pols to task for their public speeches and ads, might accuracy be gaining the upper hand? Brooks Jackson, director of factcheck.org, explains his ...

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On Natural Elections

Friday, December 14, 2007

There's a good chance that the Federal Election Commission will head into 2008 without enough confirmed members to act. What then? Former FEC Chairman Brad Smith and Paul Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center weigh in. Plus, a campaign reform loophole as big as the Ron Paul blimp.

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Vote First or Die

Friday, December 14, 2007

In the race to the ballot box the citizens of New Hampshire have long been first. In fact, it’s the law (okay, it’s their law). Brooke travels north to find out why the state is so determined to maintain its granite grip on the primacy of ...

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Out Of The Past

Friday, November 30, 2007

Both voters and the national media have taken a shine to presidential contender Mike Huckabee in the last few weeks. But some Arkansas reporters are finding that Huckabee’s ethical history isn’t making the news as much as his folksy conservative bona-fides. Arkansas Times reporter Max Brantley ...

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The Electability Contest

Friday, November 30, 2007

In 2004 John Kerry was thought to be more electable than Howard Dean but democratic voters lost that bet. This year, electability is playing an even bigger role in the primary season. But what is it anyway? Jason Zengerle wrote about electability in the current issue of New ...

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Say My Name, Say My Name

Friday, November 30, 2007

Senator Clinton? Clinton? Hillary? In response to a listener’s letter we explore how the media and On The Media refer to the junior senator from New York.

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Rough Trade

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Clinton campaign machine has developed a reputation for being adversarial, at best, with the press. Is it a response to a drubbing by the media during her husband’s presidency? Or is it a lesson learned from the Bush administration? The New Republic's Michael Crowley explains the consequences ...

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Forward Looking

Friday, November 16, 2007

“Dirty tricks” have long been a staple of American campaign politics – only now they increasingly play out online, reaching millions of voters. Take, for example, the conservative email forward. Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation, has a few in his inbox.

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Colbert 2008

Friday, October 26, 2007

Faux presidential candidate Stephen Colbert is getting as much attention as the serious contenders and even outscoring many of them in the polls. Brooke takes a look at Colbert's White House bid.

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Brand Romney

Friday, October 19, 2007

In his November-issue report, Harper’s editor Ken Silverstein explains how the former Massachusetts governor has been re-branded for the national market. The question now remaining is – Will you buy the product?

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Win, Place or Show

Friday, October 05, 2007

The presidential campaign took another step forward this week as candidates announced their success at out-fundraising each other. But how helpful are these early reports in gauging presidential potential? Political analyst Mark Halperin explains why, in campaign coverage, the horserace is never far away.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

David Remnick interviews Garry Kasparov

Monday, September 24, 2007

David Remnick interviews Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess grandmaster and political activist.

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Opr-ama

Friday, September 07, 2007

The celebrity endorsement is not exactly new to politics, but then there’s never been a celebrity quite like Oprah Winfrey, who, until now, has never publicly backed a politician. USC history professor Steve Ross says that Barack Obama may have won over the most influential ...

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Padding the Trail

Friday, September 07, 2007

Oprah may have an air of gravitas, but what about the campaign coverage itself? National Journal columnist William Powers argues that – for a variety of reasons – the soft feature has become the entrée of political reporting and the hard policy story, the side dish.

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It's the Narrative, Stupid

Friday, August 17, 2007

If you want to be president you have to have a story to tell, or more especially one that reporters can tell about you. Paul Waldman of Media Matters for America discusses the three-part campaign narrative – from Jimmy Carter in 1976 to Barack Obama today.

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Cash Cow

Friday, June 29, 2007

In a 5-4 ruling this week, the Supreme Court deemed a key part of the McCain Feingold Act unconstitutional. BYU Political scientist David Magleby explains why the decision is likely to open the floodgates of ad spending by interest groups.

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Fund Razing

Friday, April 27, 2007

Presidential campaign coffers are bigger than ever, but might the era of the Money Race be coming to a close? New York Times Magazine contributing writer Matt Bai says the ascendancy of the internet is ushering in a new and improved way of politicking.

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Our Latter-Days

Friday, April 13, 2007

Earlier this month, Mitt Romney announced he’d raised more money than any other G.O.P. presidential candidate. Richard Ostling, co-author of Mormon America: The Power and The Promise, explains what the Romney moment means for the Mormon Church.

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Primary Pile-Up

Friday, March 30, 2007

Tired of Iowa and New Hampshire’s clout, many states are moving their presidential primaries earlier in the year. Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater talks about what the new "super duper primary" will mean for political reporters like himself.

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