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Sandra Fluke waves to the crowd after her speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Eric Alterman has an alternative take on Politico’s top media stories of the past year and what those stories say about the media’s coverage of politics. Read more»

My “Think Again” column last week addressed how conservative politicians’ professed theories about job creation in the (endless) process of seeking tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are in direct conflict with real evidence of the actual behavior of individuals. Read more»

Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO, of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., in 2012.

If there’s one thing that unites conservative politicians, it’s the economic value to all of society of tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthy. While the arguments in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy have been known to change over time, the bottom line never does. Read more»

What we have here is a prime example of what I have called “on the one-handism,” what Paul Krugman calls “the cult of balance” and what James Fallows calls the problem of “false equivalence.” The phenomenon derives from a multiplicity of causes but rests on two essential insights. Read more»