I was watching cable news the other night and then read the Union Tribune. Rather than slit my wrists on the spot, I thought I’d post for you some sources of news and opinion about politics and the nation that, you know, make you better-informed. A later post will cover a few good sites that deal with economics, environment, and other more specialized topics.
Here are some of the general interest public affairs blogs and websites I read all the time. I swear that 20 minutes reading any of these is more valuable than 6 hours of cable news.
DAILY POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS BLOGS
- The Washington Monthly’s blog (Steve Benen)
- Think Progress’ blog (Matthew Yglesias). Also, its “Wonk Room“
- Political Animal (Kevin Drum)
COMMENTARY — Liberal
No More Mister Nice Blog. Sarcastic, but amazingly insightful.
- Hullabaloo. Unbeatable.
- Talking Points Memo. Breaking news, too, and highly original reporting.
COMMENTARY — Conservative (ish)
ELECTIONS AND ELECTORAL PREDICTIONS
- The Democratic Strategist.
- Fivethiryeight.com. The best, but very “latest polls/predictions” oriented.
- Calitics — CA only. Very liberal, but no one else does what they do.
- Salon.com. Fun: arts, culture, movie reviews, etc. Politics, especially columnists Joan Walsh and the civil libertarian firebrand Glenn Greenwald.
- The American Prospect. Their TAPPED blog is one of the best, IMHO.
NEWSPAPERS (slim pickings)
- New York Times. Duh.
- McClatchy (formerly Knight-Ridder): The best newspaper left outside of the NYT.
What other good ones am I missing?