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Audit Notes: Noonan and Morris on the IRS, free Internet, Guardian gains

July 22, 2013 - 5:50am
At this point, the right's Woodward and Bernstein are Peggy Noonan and Dick Morris, and that says about all you need to know about the state of conservative journalism. Morris, as printed by The Hill, which pays him to be a columnist for some reason: William Wilkins: The G. Gordon Liddy of the IRS scandal? You can write anything when...
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Center for Investigative Reporting simplifies FOIA

July 19, 2013 - 2:05pm
A team of investigative reporters and data journalists are building FOIA Machine, a website to help people navigate the complexities of the Freedom of Information Act. Sponsored by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the project is an attempt to increase public access to information that is all too often bogged down in red tape. Here's how FOIA Machine works, according...
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Must-reads of the week

July 19, 2013 - 1:52pm
Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the Internet, here are your can’t-miss must-reads of the past week: From Tom Paine to Glenn Greenwald -- Why we need partisan journalism The secret power of Black Twitter -- Last night Black Twitter killed a George...
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Discover's New Look

July 19, 2013 - 11:42am
It's been a tumultuous year for Discover magazine, after uprooting its offices from New York to Wisconsin, hiring an almost completely new staff, and, at the apex of the commotion, revamping its website. On Thursday the 33-year-old popular science magazine announced yet another big change: a complete redesign of the print magazine. "The short answer is, yeah, it's been totally...
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High Noon for film incentives

July 19, 2013 - 10:03am
PROVO, UT -- When The Lone Ranger opened in theaters, viewers saw John Reid (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp) acting against the iconic Western backdrops of Utah's Monument Valley, Dead Horse Point, and Fossil Point (now nicknamed Thelma and Louise point). But there was also something most viewers would have missed: scenes filmed in the New Mexico desert, with...
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Art Laffer + PR blitz = press failure

July 19, 2013 - 5:50am
Here's the headline of a USA Today op-ed in Thursday's paper: Arthur B. Laffer: Collect more sales taxes Say what? A legendary conservative economist issued a study that advocates raising taxes? Tell me more! Use e-commerce revenue to cut income taxes. Oh. Sales taxes hit poor people harder than rich people. Income taxes hit rich people harder than poor people....
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Losing the Virginia Way

July 18, 2013 - 2:14pm
COLUMBIA, SC -- At this point, if you're paying attention at all to politics in Virginia, you've heard at least some of the stunning revelations about undisclosed gifts that a wealthy, well-connected businessman has lavished on Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, and members of his family. Jonnie Williams, the CEO of a nutritional supplement company called Star Scientific, has bestowed...
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The right way to write about rape

July 18, 2013 - 1:50pm
When Claudia Garcia-Rojas, an activist and advocate from Chicago, began assembling her toolkit for journalists covering sexual assault, she surveyed hundreds of articles searching for positive examples. She found two. "And they weren't even stories about rape, they were stories about covering rape," says Garcia-Rojas. Here's what she found in the rest: leading language, scant statistics, and a whole lot...
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Chasing New Jersey news

July 18, 2013 - 1:50pm
There is a media battle brewing in New Jersey. WWOR-TV, a channel licensed to the city of Secaucus, has found itself in hot water after eliminating its 10pm newscast in favor of a new infotainment program, Chasing New Jersey. The station is now under fire from New Jersey politicians. Sen. Bob Menendez and US Rep. Frank Pallone have both sent...
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Exchange Watch: Are New Yorkers getting a bargain?

July 18, 2013 - 10:02am
Hallelujah! New York's insurance exchange--kept under wraps for months by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo--has finally brought forth some information about the rates that health insurers will charge New Yorkers next year. What a story this has become, beginning with what appeared to be a leak to The New York Times in Wednesday's paper in advance of a...
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Roddy Boyd exposes a hedge-fund fraud

July 18, 2013 - 5:50am
Roddy Boyd has the business read of the week with his dynamite investigation into Anthony Davian, the social-media loving hedge-fund manager of Akron. Supposed hedge-fund manager, that is—Boyd's piece exposes him as a fraud. Anthony Davian claimed to manage $200 million through Davian Capital and also claimed his newsletter, the Davian Letter, took in hundreds of thousands of dollars a...
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