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AdLib On February - 17 - 2010

Below are links to useful reference information on politics,  government and the media.


Real Clear Politics (poll aggregator)
FiveThirtyEight (Nate Silver)
World Public Opinion (polls worldwide)


The Media
Editor & Publisher
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Free Press
Media Matters
Nieman Watchdog
PR Watch

Campaign Finance
Open Secrets

Political Front Groups

Political Contribution Records


The Executive Branch
White House.gov
Federal Spending – fedspending.org
Middle Class Task Force – www.whitehouse.gov/strongmiddleclass
Office of Management and Budget – www.whitehouse.gov/omb
Road To Recovery Graph
Bills signed into law
Executive Orders
Other presidential actions

Agency News
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
U.S. Dept. of Commerce
U.S. Dept. of Defense
U.S. Dept. of Education
U.S. Dept. of Energy
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Dept. of Justice
U.S. Dept. of Labor
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Dept. of State
U.S. Dept. of the Interior
U.S. Dept. of Treasury
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Dept. of Transportation
U.S. Dept. of Transportation Blog
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Main Page
Independent Agencies and Government Corporations
The Federal Register

News Sources:

The Week
The Economist
Crooks and Liars
Obama’s Smearbusters
TPM Muckraker
The Nation
Mother Jones
Think Progress
CBS News
ABC News
BBC America
Center For Investigative Reporting

Capital Hill
Congressional Quarterly
The Hill
The Hill Blog Briefing Room
Roll Call
Roll Call Latest News
Today’s Government News

Agence France Presse
Associated Press
McClatchy Newspapers
PR Newswire/Public Interest
United Press International

Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post

The Atlantic
Harpers Magazine
In These Times
Mother Jones
The Nation
The New Yorker
The Progressive
Rolling Stone
Vanity Fair

Foreign Press
BBC News
Deutsche Welle
Le Figaro
The Guardian
The Independent

News Aggregators and Blogs
Common Dreams
Consortium News
CSM Global News Blog
Daily Beast
Daily Kos
Democratic Underground
Guerrilla News Network
Huffington Post
LeftyBlogs/Liberal Oasis
Muckety (maps paths of power)
Obsidian Wings
Open Left
Progressive Review
Raw Story
Talking Points Memo
Wayne Madsen Report

Andrew Sullivan
Brad Friedman
David Corn
Eric Alterman
Glenn Greenwald
Greg Palast
Jason Leopold
Jeffrey Feldman
Joe Conason
Josh Gerstein
Juan Cole
Larisa Alexandrovna
Mark Crispin Miller
Max Blumenthal
Michael J. Totten
Ray McGovern
Roy O’Connor
Steve Benen
Steve Clemons

Media and Video:

YouTube Channels
Air America Media
Black Press Media
Center for America Progress
Citizen Tube
Environmental Defense Fund
Declare Yourself
Defenders of Wildlife
Earth Justice
Friends of Earth
Media that Matters
National Wildlife Federation
Russ Feingold’s Progressive Patriots
The Real News
You Choose
The Young Turk

Think Tanks:

The Brookings Institution
Center for American Progress
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
Center for Economic and Policy Research
Economic Analysis and Research Network
Economic Policy Institute
Good Jobs First
New America Foundation
Progressive States Network
Project on Regional and Industrial Economics
The Tax Foundation
Urban Institute
Urban Land Institute
The Century Foundation
Citizens for Tax Justice
The Economic Policy Institute
New America Foundation
New Politics Institute (NDN)
Urban Institute

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. Truth says:


    What’s FAIR?

    FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. As an anti-censorship organization, we expose neglected news stories and defend working journalists when they are muzzled. As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-profit sources of information.
    Uniquely, FAIR works with both activists and journalists. We maintain a regular dialogue with reporters at news outlets across the country, providing constructive critiques when called for and applauding exceptional, hard-hitting journalism. We also encourage the public to contact media with their concerns, to become media activists rather than passive consumers of news.

    FAIR publishes Extra!, the hard-hitting magazine of media criticism, and produces the weekly radio program CounterSpin, the show that brings you the news behind the headlines. In addition, FAIR’s thriving listserv distributes regular Action Alerts to our international network of over 50,000 activists. Sign up today.

    For an in-depth explanation of FAIR’s critique of the mainstream media, you should start with our overview, What’s Wrong with the News? You might also check out the article What’s FAIR?, by FAIR founder Jeff Cohen. And see what journalists, activists and scholars have to say about FAIR.

    Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, Inc.(FAIR) is a nonprofit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Every gift you make to FAIR is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

  2. Truth says:

    AdLib, and “senior” planeteers, I just discovered in the Take Action/Polls, Graphs, Research section some more of the excellent work you have already done here. These links will come in so very handy, even if the “Emerald” project may have to slim down a bit due to lack of active supporters. Thanks for your good work!

    ***Edit: except there is no reason for the Huffington Post to be mentioned in the list….

    And here’s the new Russ Feingold initiative: http://www.progressivesunited.org/

    plus foreign magazine “Der Spiegel”: http://www.spiegel.de/international/

    consortiumnews.com is mentioned, but doesn’t say that it’s excellent Independent Investigative Journalism Since 1995

  3. bitohistory says:

    To track a bill and votes

  4. Chernynkaya says:

    DANG! I left out one of my favorite news aggregate sites:



  5. Chernynkaya says:

    Nellie-- just got this from David Plouffe;


    Wondering what the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — President Obama’s stimulus bill — has accomplished? Look at this:

    Learn more about the stimulus and the road to recovery

    One year ago tomorrow, after tens of thousands of you shared stories and called your representatives, the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    And while this anniversary isn’t a cause for celebration, there is reason to be optimistic. This chart makes it clear: We’re on the road to recovery.

    Still, we know there is a long way to go. Many Americans are still struggling, and creating jobs remains President Obama’s top priority.

    Click here to learn more about the President’s record on the economy, what we’re doing to put more Americans back to work, and get easy-to-share information you can pass on to friends and family:


    Thanks for making change happen,

    David Plouffe

    We should add that link, methinks.

  6. nellie says:

    Campaign Finance Watchdogs

    Open Secrets

    (in case it hasn’t been mentioned yet)

    • Chernynkaya says:

      Nellie= a girl after my own heart. Next step? I think the plan is to keep these in the Resources section? And we can all add to the list as we find new sources? How can I help? (But please remember-- I am a Ludite!)

  7. Chernynkaya says:


    Real Clear Politics (This site aggregates all polls)

    Nate Silver 538

  8. bitohistory says:

    This link came from Sue the other night. It is chock-full of info on government spending :


  9. AdLib says:

    Just started this list but could use the help of a member or members who would be interested in volunteering to make this reference list more robust. If interested, please email me at [email protected] .


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