June 11, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.
Over the months of the Chicago mayoral race, like a lot of people, I became a huge fan of MayorEmanuel, and the vulgar stream of ad hoc literature that sprung from the mind of Dan Sinker. Which is funny, because I've still never been to Chicago. I should fix that.
January 28, 2010 at 10:51 p.m.
The Analyzer (I can never think of clever names for my apps; this is what everyone here calls it) is built in Django, with a lot of help from jQuery. From pitch to launch took exactly a week, including a working weekend.
The app is built around two main models: Speeches and footnotes. Every footnote is tied to a speech and indexed to a ...
August 3, 2009 at 1:31 a.m.
The Obameter is a key example of reporting within a framework: Journalists advance a broad story update by update, building a comprehensive database of knowledge about one subject.
In this case, the PolitiFact team developed a standard to measure the success of Barack Obama's presidency. It's not, by any stretch, the only standard, but it gives us one clear lens to use in evaluating the president's effectiveness.
August 29, 2008 at 8:55 p.m.
What Ted said:
Politics lends itself to facile issues, to facile answers. The problem is you've got the rhetoric and you've got the reality. The rhetoric is, you've got candidates talk about bringing all those jobs back and not giving tax breaks to companies that send jobs overseas. The problem with that is that it only tells half the story. One of the reasons America has been able to keep inflation down is precisely because WalMart imports all that stuff out of China, and Vietnam and Bangladesh and all the other places. What I really want to ...