General Resources

Reliable News Sources and Newsletters for Political Stories and Insights

Print and e-newsletters (click on icon to open list) >

The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com

The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com

The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/us

The Guardian’s Resistance Newsletter is excellent.

Politico https://www.politico.com

The Week http://theweek.com

The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com (Increasingly covering political stories)

Slate https://slate.com

Vox https://www.vox.com

Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Daily Beast https://www.thedailybeast.com/

Daily Kos  https://www.dailykos.com/

Daily Kos puts out an in depth election update newsletter ‘Voting Rights Roundup’ featuring timely updates on federal, state and local races.  

Axios  https://www.axios.com a new media source whose mission is elegant brevity:

We are engineering Axios around a simple proposition: Deliver the cleanest, smartest, most efficient and trustworthy experience for readers and advertisers alike.

POPVOX Daily ‘What’s Up Washington’ , a newsletter connecting readers to what’s happening in Washington D. C.   Sign up here to receive their Weekly Update, Gavel Down or What’s up Washington blogs)

Red for the Blue https://www.redfortheblue.com

Founded by Leslie Kauffman, a distinguished former reporter for The New York Times for over 25 years, and Jennifer Basset, a former book editor and brand content strategist, Red for the Blue tracks Conservative media to analyze it for liberals (so we don’t have to):

 ‘Red for the Blue’s newsletter reports and analyzes trending news from the political Right. From talk radio to social media to pop up news sites and self-made pundits, we do the work — you stay informed and engaged. ‘

Democracy Now is a non-profit independent global news source dependent solely on donations, not advertiser supported, focused on supporting the Social Safety Net.

Eclectablog  is an excellent political blog with a focus on Michigan.

The Markin Report  Written by a former Assistant US Attorney, Markin helps people understand in plain english what is going on now in US politics.  Here’s a reader’s endorsement about the value of the Markin Report:

Sheila Markin’s legal expertise and powerful writing style give her a unique advantage as a commentator on national politics. Whether she spotlights judicial opinions or the special counsel’s investigation or the midterm elections, The Markin Report will sharpen your understanding of what’s at stake and make you want to read more from her.’

MicDaily  has a series of newsletters from ‘Navigating Trump’s America’ to a Daily concise report of political news.

Reclaim the American Dream is an informational website with frequent newsletter updates about issues across the country.  It is aimed at helping people who are upset about America today to get engaged in fixing our democracy and making our economy fairer at the local level.

From www.billmoyers.com, here’s a list of news sources particularly focused in his view on uncovering the truth:

  1. ProPublica — Founded 10 years ago by a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, ProPublica is a nonprofit investigative news site based in New York City. In 2010 ProPublica was the first online publication to win a Pulitzer Prize and has earned two more since, as well as a long list of other prestigious awards.
  2. The Center for Public Integrity (CPI)  — An early player in the nonprofit investigative space, CPI has been around for close to 30 years. Its reporters have won dozens of journalism awards, including a Pulitzer in 2014, for its investigations of money in politics, national security, health care reform, business and the environment.
  3. The Center For Investigative Reporting (CIR) — Founded 40 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area, CIR is a nonprofit that has partnered for years with other outlets to reach a wide audience in print, on television, on radio and online. It collaborates with PRX Radio to produce Reveal, the investigative radio program and podcast. The Revealwebsite is now home to all of CIRs investigative content.
  4. Frontline — Launched more than 30 years ago, Frontline is television’s most consistent and respected investigative documentary program. Its documentaries are broadcast on PBS and are available online, along with original reporting.
  5. Mother Jones Mother Jones, founded in 1976, is a reader-supported, nonprofit news organization headquartered in San Francisco with bureaus in Washington, DC and New York City. The site includes investigative reporting as well as general reporting on topics including politics, climate change and education.
  6. The Intercept The Intercept is a news organization launched in 2014 by legal and political journalist Glenn Greenwald, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. (Opinion is divided on this recommendation because of the increasingly controversial statements by Glenn Greenwald).
  7. Real Clear Investigations Real Clear Investigations, which launched last fall, is the new nonprofit, investigative arm of Real Clear Politics. It is mostly an aggregator of investigative reporting, but has also begun conducting original investigations.
  8. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)ICIJ is a nonprofit offshoot of the Center for Public Integrity that began 20 years ago. It is a global network of more than 190 investigative journalists in more than 65 countries who work together to investigate cross-border issues including crime, corruption and abuse of power.
  9. Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) IRE is a grass-roots, nonprofit, membership organization that has been providing tips, training and conferences for investigative reporters since 1975. Its blog, Extra! Extra! showcases a wide variety of watchdog journalism.
  10. BuzzFeed — Whatever you think about its decision to release the Trump dossier earlier this week (journalists are divided in their opinions), BuzzFeed has a growing investigative team and body of work worth attention, but it’s not always easy to find on the site. If you want to know what the team is up to you can follow its editor, Mark Schoofs, @Schoofsfeed on Twitter.

Read more in Moyers series highlighting the best investigative reporting.

TV Reporting

PBS Newshour

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/

Excellent political reporting

Federal Register

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/current

The Federal Register provides a listing of actions being taken by all the departments of the Federal Government.  The press is so distracted by Trump’s daily tweet storms that often the awful actions of his Administration go under reported.

State by State Analysis of Infrastructure Needs

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/g2932/50-states-infrastructure/

This Popular Mechanics article details a state by state analysis of infrastructure that is broken and needs fixing.

Election Results and Predictions

Center for Politics

http://crystalball.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/

Larry Sabato’s University of Virginia’s Center for Politics Crystal Ball keeps tabs on presidential elections, along with every race for the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and state governor. Along with forecasting the winners, the Crystal Ball provides analysis of trends in American politics and elections.

Cook Political Reports

https://www.cookpolitical.com

The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections and campaigns for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, Governors and President as well as American political trends.

Daily Kos Complete 2016 Presidential Election Results by Congressional District

Here’s a link to Daily Kos’ complete 2016 Presidential election results by Congressional District compared to 2012.

Impact of GOP Healthcare Law

http://acasignups.net/17/03/06/updated-how-many-could-lose-coverage-your-congressional-district

Excellent resource that shows you how many people in your Congressional District will lose coverage under the new health care law (since defeated but it may rear its ugly head again).  Good ammunition when contacting your representative.

Opportunities for Democrats to Retake the House

Here’s an Upshot article from the New York Times describing how the Democrats’ best bet for retaking control of the House begins in the West in Orange County. We need to unseat Darrell Issa, Dana Rohrabacher and Devin Nunes for starters.

Comic Relief

The best way to survive this tsunami of awful news is with the savvy comic relief provided by these great talents available on YouTube.

Saturday Night Live (especially the Alec Baldwin as Trump and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer episodes)
Stephen Colbert (Monologues), Seth Meyers (a Closer Look), John Oliver (HBO’s Last Week Tonight), Bill Maher (HBO), Trevor Noah (the Daily Show) and Samantha Bee (TBS).  Episodes can be found on YouTube.
Plus the daily spot on political cartoons on Empirewire penned by Mark Wilson, an editorial cartoonist in upstate New York.
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