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They're Furry And Furious: Puppets Protest At The U.S. Capitol

Hundreds of puppet-loving protesters march on Washington, D.C., to raise awareness for federal financing of public broadcasting.
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Campaigns Use Local Media As A Form Of 'Free Press'

In battleground states like Ohio, distant national figures running for the White House show up in person to capture the local news cycle again and again and again. The campaigns' desire to get "free media" simply by appearing is a source of excitement and exhaustion for local news organizations, which know they're being used but can't help themselves.
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Alan Murray Of 'The Wall Street Journal' Named Pew Research Center's President

He will succeed Andrew Kohut. The center's polls and analysis should be familiar to political junkies.
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'Seattle Times' Under Fire For Free Political Ads

Staffers at The Seattle Times are protesting the newspaper's decision to run free political ads for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and for the state's referendum that would legalize same-sex marriage. The company says the ads are part of a pilot project to prove that political advertising in newspapers can work. But journalists at the paper say giving away the space diminishes their journalistic integrity.
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A Flurry Of Contradicting 'Facts' Convolutes Reality In Afghanistan

Reporting from Afghanistan is challenging in more than just a security sense. While NATO sources tend to give out minimal information, local officials often give inaccurate initial accounts. Death counts and dates don't add up, as reporters try to get their stories straight.
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The BBC Under Fire: Psychology Of A Scandal

We explore the ongoing repercussions of the sexual abuse scandal at the BBC, and find out how criminal behavior can go unexposed for so long at large institutions.

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Newspaper Endorsements: Prized, But Often Ignored

Voters say they put little to no stock in the editorials, even when they fervently agree with those endorsements. That's reflective of newspapers' status in many markets. But one Republican expert says a newspaper endorsement can be effective at persuading undecided voters.

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