Media

Over the weekend, Jennifer Steinhauer reported an interesting development in The New York Times about the new math in our nation's capital: the failure of the farm bill to pass the House after 62 conservative Republicans voted against a bill supported by their own leadership (and supported by many Democrats until House Republicans larded up the Senate's bill with various liberal unpalatables, such as more than $20 billion in food stamp "savings").

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ALL-CAPS TYPOGRAPHY IS DOOMED

The Navy has formally abandoned all-caps communiques. You probably have, too.

The Navy has formally abandoned all-caps communiques. You probably have, too.

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In Baghdad With the Relentless Reporter

What made Michael Hastings so good

What made Michael Hastings so good.

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The One-Stop Whistleblower Shop

How did The Guardian become the leaker's outlet of choice?

How did The Guardian become the leaker's outlet of choice? 

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Vice's June fiction issue does what the magazine does best (or worst, depending on your taste): combine culture and controversy.

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"What Part of 'Politico' Do You Not Understand?"

A conversation about the dark art of driving the conversation

A conversation about the dark art of driving the conversation.

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Today is the last day of publication for the daily Washington Examiner. And with it, it may be time for a bunch of us Washingtonians to let go of a dream we’ve held on to through all sorts of changing media moments: That Washington would develop its own indigenous tabloid.

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The news yesterday that Nicaraguan lawmakers had given a Hong Kong company the right to build a $40 billion shipping canal was reported, at least by the nation's leading papers, with open skepticism.

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The Newspeak dictionary is filling up. As of the last few days, it has acquired an Obama entry, "Modest Encroachment," meaning a tactful invasion of privacy, a James Clapper entry, "Least Untruthful Answer," meaning a tactful lie, and a David Brooks entry, "Unmediated Man," meaning, basically, a lonely truth teller who isn't concerned with tact. The appearance of these tortured formulations is as good a measure as any of Edward Snowden's cultural impact.

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They say that blogging is over—in fact one of our own writers recently made the argument. That it was just a fleeting moment in the history of opinion journalism, ultimately doomed by far more efficient modes of expression. More specifically, the theory goes, the blog post was killed by the tweet, which has allowed for further compression of thoughts and the expression of so many more of them. At the New Republic, we reenacted our own version of this small saga. When we remade our website in January, we shelved our old group blog, The Plank. Between our essays and Twitter feeds, it was hard to imagine much intellectual space (or writerly time) for short commentary. We theorized that a blog post could either be reduced to 140 characters or expanded to a full-fledged piece.Then something strange happened. A few months later, we found ourselves unexpectedly nostalgic for The Plank. The blog had been a common room for the staff, where we could argue with each other. What’s more, The Plank had served as one of our most important vehicles for engaging the world—to quickly comment on events and to comment on the commentary about those events. It turns out that we misjudged the lasting value of the blog: we had grown accustomed to the form, to its casual tone and polemical potential; there was an essayistic style that we belatedly discovered was indigenous to the genre.Fortunately, the beauty of the Internet is that it has the power to resurrect. So, today, we present the new, old Plank. It will be in some ways different from its last incarnation. In addition to The Plank's venerable obsessions with politics and policy, it will feature more writing on science, society, technology, high culture, and the popular stuff. But it's still the kind of place you can have a robust, many-sided debate about a topic like, say, the end of the end of blogs.

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