The New Ledger

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The New Ledger
The New Ledger logo.
Editor Ben Domenech
Categories politics, political science, foreign affairs, culture
Country  United States
Language American English

The New Ledger commonly referred to as "Pete", is an American web publication which pairs aggregated and ranked news stories with right of center opinion articles by free-market minded moderates, libertarians and conservatives. The site's slogan is "Welcome to the Know."

Launched in February 2009,[1] the New Ledger's contributors and editors include[2] Pejman Yousefzadeh, Francis Cianfrocca, Christopher Badeaux, Brad Jackson, Benjamin Kerstein, Ted Bromund, Sean Noble, and Amanda Carpenter, some of whom have individual blogs hosted on the site. It is edited by Ben Domenech, who co-founded the conservative activism site Redstate.

TNL, as site commenters call it, is not a political activism site, and occasionally publishes articles by conservative Democrats.[3][4] According to its mission statement: "Our goal is to sift through the noise to bring your attention to the news you need and want, in order to better understand the times we live in." The Transom section aggregates newswire content, while the "sorted and ranked for you" Daily Reads on the site, usually news and blog stories on business and politics, are assigned one to five stars on readability.

Articles are typically strongly opposed to President Barack Obama's domestic and economic policies,[5] particularly criticizing the government takeovers of Chrysler and GM.[6] However, TNL has also published articles supporting Obama's policies on detainees[7] and the environment,[8] as well as the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.[9]

The New Ledger is frequently featured by the RealClearPolitics network of sites[10] and by the website of CBS News,[11] both of which have republished several of their stories. They are linked regularly by US News and World Report,[12] National Public Radio,[13] National Journal, The Hill,[14] Instapundit, The Root, and throughout the conservative blogosphere.

In July 2009, TNL launched a daily podcast called Coffee & Markets, a roughly 15 minute morning podcast Francis Cianfrocca's thoughts on Wall Street, economic policy, and other political subjects. The podcast was cross promoted at The Washington Times[15] for some time, and after gaining some popularity, became sponsored by Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment blog.