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Newspaper circulation inches up

While print sales continue to decline, some papers are making up ground with digital subscriptions.


“The scandal in Washington isn’t what’s illegal; it’s what’s legal.”

ProPublica has produced a roundup of the best watchdog coverage on campaign finance since Citizens United, the Supreme Court case that gave us super PACs.


EPA issues limited rules on hydrofracking

Regulations focus on air pollution to the exclusion of other concerns and give drillers more than two years to come into compliance. Rules drew mixed reaction from environmentalists and the natural gas industry.


Thin skinned in Albany

Liz Benjamin is a must-read political blogger who plays it straight down the middle. That didn’t stop Gov. Cuomo’s staff from compiling a list of grievances to present her boss. The episode, according to the New York Times, “showed a defining characteristic of this administration: few perceived slights are too minor to dispute.”


When ‘flip’ doesn’t ‘flop’

NY Times magazine story examines the political repercussions for Sen. Mark Grisanti and three other Republicans who voted for gay marriage and concludes their stance doesn’t carry “the risk it would have been just a couple of years ago. The four defectors aren’t guaranteed re-election. But if they lose, it is likely to be in […]


Threats to an open internet

Google co-founder Sergey Brin warns of “very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world. I am more worried than I have been in the past … it’s scary.”


Yankees paid to play

The Center for Working Families has issued a report detailing the vast sums the Bronx Bombers spent on lobbying and campaign contributions while they were pushing for subsidies to help build their billion dollar ballpark.


Welfare limits keep rolls down despite poor economy

NY Times: “The distress of the last four years has added a cautionary postscript … a program that built its reputation when times were good offered little help when jobs disappeared. Despite the worst economy in decades, the cash welfare rolls have barely budged.”