From Vulture, Jada Yuan interviews David Simon on the drama of journalism. Marty Baron shines a new Spotlight on journalism. Sarah Larson on “Spotlight” and its revelations. Margaret Sullivan on the search for local investigative reporting’s future (and part 2). From NiemanLab, Ken Doctor on the halving of America’s daily newsrooms; and on how the financialization of news is dimming the lights of the local press. When the local paper closes, where does the community turn? Justin Fox on how the midsize newspaper is toast. Since the advent of AmeriCorps, there has been a “corps” for nearly everything — Steve Waldman thinks that there is a good case to be made for an AmeriCorps for local news. Chris Cillizza on how journalism is changing for the better, in 1 chart. Ezra Klein finds conversations about the future of journalism “tiresome”. We’ve talked endlessly about the future of journalism — it’s time to talk about the future of journalists.

Sam Levine on how Sarah Karp uncovered a corruption scandal everyone missed. A wizard at prying government secrets from the government: Jason Leopold of Vice News uses an encyclopedic knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act to obtain tens of thousands of government documents. Mark Warren on why the best war reporter in a generation had to suddenly stop: After fourteen years of being immersed in the bloody wars of our era, C.J. Chivers came home. Where have all the manly journalists gone? (and a response) For ultra-Orthodox newspapers, women and the web present growing challenges. Rossalyn Warren on the untold story of Clare Hollingworth, the woman who broke the news of WW2. Juan Thompson wrote about St. Louis for the national media — but were any of his stories true? Don’t settle: Guy Patrick Cunningham on the journalist in the shadow of the commercial web.


Jamie R. Abrams (Louisville): Debunking the Myth of Universal Male Privilege. Ghostwork: Utah Snyder on endgames in art and politics. Chris Lehmann on the media politics of civility and social deference. An iPhone is an extension of the mind: Apple and the FBI think iPhones are safes — a philosopher explains what they really are. Obama’s new Librarian of Congress nominee Carla Hayden is a rip-snortin’, copyfightin’, surveillance-hatin’ no-foolin’ librarian. For many southern states, Super Tuesday will be a voter suppression test drive. Does the Constitution protect your right to vote? It may depend on your address. Secretly on the ballot in November: The future of the “nuclear option” for Supreme Court nominees. Scalia’s death is already making biz and conservative activists avoid SCOTUS. From The Calhoun Review, you can download The Secessionist Papers, ed. Barry Lee Clark.


From TNR, what makes Bernie run? Joshua Cohen on the reluctant roots of his radicalism. How did Bernie Sanders turn grumpiness into charm? Occupy the Party: The Brooklyn collective “Not An Alternative” on the Sanders’ campaign as a site of struggle — “stuck between beautiful souls and dirty hands” (and a response). Franco Palazzi on populism, representation, and Sanders. Bernie Sanders’s new campaign: After Hillary’s landslide victory in South Carolina, here’s how Bernie can make his revolution matter for the Democratic Party. Jamelle Bouie on why Bernie Sanders should stay in the race: He’s not going to beat Hillary Clinton, but there are bigger battles to fight. What Bernie and the Left need now: A radical Enlightenment.

Even if Democrats support different candidates, they aren’t divided. Is there a “next Obama” on the Democratic Party bench? Marin Cogan investigates. Jamil Smith on the white candidate’s burden: Securing African-American support will require Clinton and Sanders to challenge white voters on racial justice — one is doing a better job of that.

Ex-Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau on why electing Hillary in ’16 is more important than electing Obama in ’08 — and why Secretary Clinton is a lot more compelling than you might think. What does being a “good” wife have to do with being president? The writer Lynne Tillman wonders why being a woman with a past is different from being “a man with a past”. If Hillary Clinton manages to beat Bernie Sanders, the early primaries have already revealed that there’s only one strategy for the general election against a Republican, be it Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, or Ted Cruz: Scorch the earth (and more). Donald Trump is making Clinton’s case to young Sanders supporters.

Donald Trump confronts conservatives with an existential crisis: Will the right fall in line behind him or make #NeverTrump a rallying cry? Don’t assume conservatives will rally behind Trump. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz ding Donald Trump, but Chris Christie’s cannonball shakes conservative media’s faith. Conservatives blame broken GOP promises for Trumpism — and rally to Rubio, who makes ridiculous promises. People realize that the idea Trump can and should be defeated by persuading voters that he’s insufficiently extreme is depressing, right? The Trump Realignment: If Rubio’s attacks on the Donald aren’t successful, will neoconservatives leave the GOP for Hillary Clinton? Donald Trump is playing “Mr. Neutral” on everything from Israel to the Klan — and it’s working.

“He is really a Teflon candidate, like Reagan was”: Meet the white supremacist who’s robocalling Super Tuesday voters for Donald Trump. How is Trump winning over Massachusetts Republicans? He speaks their language. Here’s what demagogues like Trump do to their countries when they take power. Bruce Bartlett: “Trump represents the best hope since Watergate to destroy the wanker party. That’s why I will vote for him tomorrow”.

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