Ron Wyden, Endangered Species

Ron Wyden

The choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate has been an uncomfortable development for Oregon's senior U.S. Sen., Ron Wyden. In 2011, Wyden co-authored a Medicare reform proposal with Ryan that was criticized at the time because it introduced competition and choice as part of Medicare reform that some thought was an attempt to gut the system. The brickbats tossed Wyden's way multiplied ...   More
Monday, August 27, 2012

The New York Times—Aided by Oregonian Reporters—Looks at Obama's Strength in Oregon


One of the best places for political junkies to keep an eye on every tremor of the presidential race is FiftyThirtyEight, the New York Times blog dedicated to tracking polls and probabilities.The blog (named for the total number of electoral votes) uses sophisticated tracking and analysis to weigh polls and trends in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The current projection is that President ...   More
Friday, August 17, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Someone At The Wall Street Journal Has Been Reading The New York Times

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Overheard last night at a prohibition-themed Southeast Portland bar: "Ugh, like, I don't even know anyone who reads the Wall Street Journal."This is why: "Portland: The New Utopia."Rarely has the sentiment been stated so bluntly. This latest over-the-top travel piece ran in the WSJ's "concierge" column. "You don't have to be a microbrew-obsessed, flannel-clad cyclist to enjoy" Portland, the sub-headline ...   More
Monday, July 9, 2012 by Corey Pein

A Grim Reminder This Thanksgiving

The New York Times had a thought-provoking piece this week about a Georgia man who's made it his business to track the casualties among coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. We point out the web site run by Michael White because one of the site's many functions is to enable readers to track fatalities by state. And it's worth remembering this Thanksgiving eve that among the ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 HANK STERN

U.S. Attorney General Holder Calls Terrorism Stings "Essential"

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defended his agency's use of stings to capture wanna-be terrorists in a speech Friday night to 300 U.S. Muslim leaders in California. The New York Times reported that Holder made specific reference to a Portland sting federal agents concluded against Mohamed Osman Mohamud over the Thanksgiving weekend. "Mr. Holder was given a standing ovation as he took the ...   More
Monday, December 13, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

How Ron Wyden's Colleagues Showed They Cared (UPDATED with surgery results)

The New York Times had a piece over the weekend reporting how members of the U.S. Senate demonstrated their respect for an Oregon colleague. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was on the Senate floor Saturday a couple days before his surgery today for early-stage prostate cancer. The Times quotes Wyden saying, “Senators, let me thank all of you for your many kindnesses over the last 48 hours. ...   More
Monday, December 20, 2010 HANK STERN

Willamette Geek: Reports that Verizon iPhone Finally Happening

Even though the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas has been raging for days—introducing a flood of smartphones, tablets, underwater 3d cameras and Wi-Fi capable toilet seats (kidding about the last part but honestly, I wouldn't put it past anyone)—it seems the biggest news has occurred outside the booths and convention halls. Late last week, Verizon sent out some poorly color-corrected ...   More
Monday, January 10, 2011 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Fearless NY Times Writer Dares to Visit Post-Apocalypse Portland

In the wake of Oregon's economic collapse, it is easy to forget the real victims: New York Times travel freelancers. With the Oregon unemployment rate topping 12.1 percent, how will the stringers be able to justify their monthly comped trips to Portland? Who will punch their ticket to Hipster Adventureland now? But comes a savior: It's Matt Gross, one of the Grey Lady's "Frugal Travelers," pioneering ...   More
Monday, May 11, 2009 AARON MESH


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