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The Bully Pulpit

Coming under the wire, The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin ranks as my favorite book of the year. I knew another stint with good ole’ Teedy would do me well, but I was surprised to find myself a Taft admirer by the end, and delighted to learn about the origins of investigative journalism by way of Sam McClure’s eponymous magazine. The intertwining of the progressive movement in politics, this new style of journalism, and the tectonic shifts in industry and labor caused this period to be one of the most dynamic in American history. An indispensable read and I wish I had opened the book sooner!

See my earlier post on the origins of the term muckracker.

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It’s time for Philadelphia to put a Lenfest statue in the Courtyard at City Hall

A statue should be erected in Gerry Lenfest’s honor at City Hall to remind future generations of this man who made it his mission to give away as much wealth as possible before he died.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

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