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Let's Help The Media Be Better On Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Over at Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall has noted an important milestone in our ongoing fight with Ebola: This past Sunday was the last day of the quarantine imposed on those who had the closest contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who succumbed to the Ebola virus...

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It's Probably Not The Best Idea To Insult Wisconsin Voters When You're Trying To Win A Close Election

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 12:27 PM

The Wisconsin gubernatorial race has been as tight as a tick since late July, with the last Marquette Law School poll depicting the contest as a genuine dead heat between incumbent governor Scott Walker (R) and his challenger, Mary Burke (D). The usual cliches about "turnout...

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Ebola Panic 2014: Entering The Land Of Unforced CDC Errors

(60) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 8:00 AM

So, that happened: Another week of Ebola panic ends with the virus failing to jump outside the community of medical responders, but the opportunity for calm was nevertheless lost due to some slip-ups from health professionals. Meanwhile, as the midterms draw near, one of the most critical races -- between...

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Ebola Hot Take Of The Day: Travel Bans Would Make Things Worse. Let's Do Them Anyway.

(328) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 2:18 PM

It seems pretty clear that the possibility that an Ebola-related travel ban will be imposed in the near future is growing with each passing day. Those who provide informed expertise about this sort of thing advise against such a policy. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease...

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That NYT Story On Abandoned Munitions Doesn't Prove Bush Was Right About WMDs

(369) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:05 PM

The New York Times' C.J. Chivers has an invigorating longform piece up today about the American and Iraqi soldiers who "repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by" ancient chemical weapons produced in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War era, subsequently left hidden and moldering by Saddam Hussein's...

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The Supreme Court Gave Gay Marriage A Big Kanye Shrug

(4) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: Ebola has come to America, but the disease has nothing on the viral spread of harum-scarum Ebola hype from the media and politicians. Can we develop a resistance? Meanwhile, the Supreme Court greeted a host of marriage equality bans with a big ole Kanye shrug, letting the...

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Jon Stewart Turning Down 'Meet The Press' Is The Smart Move For All Involved

(43) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 4:15 PM

New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman managed to get media observers all hot and bothered yesterday when he splashed a pretty great scoop from behind the scenes at NBC News. As Sherman reports, when NBC News' president Deborah Turness was pondering "Meet The Press'" transition from the David Gregory Era to...

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It's Getting Harder To Sort Out How Greg Orman Will Sort Himself

(9) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 5:38 PM

Now with the resolution of some thorny legal matters concerning whether or not Kansas Democrats were technically allowed to unilaterally withdraw from the state's U.S. Senate race, businessman and self-styled independent candidate Greg Orman could eventually emerge as the favorite in the race against incumbent Sen....

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Just Chill With All The Predictions, Bill Kristol

(31) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 12:40 PM

The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol ... well, he has this reputation of "faulty predictions" and "bad advice" and being "consistently wrong" about everything. And he could do a lot to help take control of that reputation, by just chilling out and dialing things back...

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Remember How We Defended The Secret Service Last Week? Well, Funny Story...

(17) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 8:00 AM

So, that happened: The 2014 election is right around the corner, and HuffPost Pollster's Mark Blumenthal says it's "gut-check time" for the media's polling wonks. Meanwhile, far from the hullabaloo of the midterms, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange lies dreaming in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where HuffPost's own Ryan Grim...

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The Military Can't Come Up With A Name For Its War Against ISIS. We're Here To Help.

(69) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 2:48 PM

One of the things that our ongoing military operation against the Islamic State does not currently have -- besides congressional approval, clearly demarcated goals, the sense that it won't turn into a long-term military commitment, or an exit strategy, I mean -- is a name. These things have got to...

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Congress Runs Away From Obama's War On Terror Twofer

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 8:00 AM

So, that happened: The long-promised airstrikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria began this week as uninterested members of Congress crossed their fingers and left town. But not before they held hearings on whether the Secret Service could have done a better job protecting the White House from...

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President Obama Is At The Vanguard Of A Major Cultural Shift In America

(24) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Former White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer was the guest this morning at Buzzfeed HQ, for a "Buzzfeed Breakfast" round of Q&A. Among the topics discussed, according to Capital New York's Jeremy Barr, were the media consumption habits of President Barack Obama.

As Barr...

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Time For Some Corrections And Retractions: Anti-ISIS Coalition Membership Edition

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Airstrikes against ISIS: They are a go. And, as it turns out, they are a-going with coalition partner-nations in the Arab world, according to the news. Here's CNN:

American jets began bombing ISIS targets in Syria early Tuesday, raising U.S. involvement in the war-torn country and sending a...
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Turd Polish Futures Up 300 Percent On News That 2014 Midterm Election Is Happening

(20) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Spend any time reading the people whose job it is to assign heady unified field theorems to election years, and you will hear sad variations on a dull theme. The 2014 midterm election is a hard-to-pin-down mystery. No one can figure out what it's supposed to...

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NYT's Alessandra Stanley Explains Her Terrible Writing Technique

(20) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:29 PM

If you happened to be hanging out on the internet last Friday, somewhere near the intersection of Pop-Cultural-Criticism and Oh-No-How-Did-This-Get-Written-What-A-Dumpster-Fire, you might have heard about New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley's latest foray into failure, "Wrought In Their Creator's Image" -- her attempt at reviewing the upcoming...

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Politico Magazine Extends Raised Middle Finger To Its Readers

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 10:19 PM

Susan Glasser once wrote the following in an "Editors' Note," introducing people to Politico Magazine:

We all know we live at a moment of information overload, when there is arguably more and better news coverage than ever before but when something essential risks being lost: The time and...
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In The New York Times, Evidence Of A Slow Election Year

(6) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 1:12 PM

A 26-year-old man walks into a strip club with his boss. He gets up to some strip club shenanigans. While he is there, the police raid the strip club, searching for methamphetamine. The raid has nothing whatsoever to do with the man mentioned in the first sentence. Sixteen...

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How The NFL Sacked Itself Into A Decrepit Scandal Factory

(33) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: The NFL's scandals reminded lawmakers how much they love showering benefits on rich people who don't need help. Newt Gingrich took a break from paying down all his campaign debt. And U.S. poverty declined by 0.5 percent, prompting policymakers to break out the champagne.

Listen to this...

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The Harkin Steak Fry: A Meta-Critical Media Pseudo-Adventure!

(7) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 3:45 PM

A man stands in a field in Iowa. His name is Peter. Peter is standing in a field because there are "200 other reporters" standing in that field. Those "200 other reporters" are observing an event. The event is called the "Harkin Steak Fry." Peter is observing those...

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