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Bloomberg Reveals Citi’s Deceptive Reporting

On February 14, 2008, John Lyons, the examiner in charge of large bank supervision at the OCC, sent Citigroup and... More

JunketSleuth’s FOIA War With the FDIC

Perhaps it’s time for an “openness czar”

Russell Carollo, of Mark Cuban's JunketSleuth, has a great post up today about the way in which the FDIC aggressively... More

Vulture Funds Exposed in Playboy

Playboy has long mixed its girlie pics with serious journalism, but it's not always obvious why. Take the December 2010... More

The History of Austerity

It’s grim—all the way back to Napoleon

One of the best aspects of being a journalist is that you get to talk at length to the most... More

A New Twist on the Wisconsin Story With Gin and Tacos

Ed at Gin and Tacos picked up on a particularly audacious section of the Wisconsin budget-repair bill yesterday: the governor... More

LAT’s Hiltzik Dissects An Outsourcing Fiasco

Michael Hiltzik has a fantastic column on Boeing's outsourcing disasters in the LA Times; it's well worth reading the whole... More

Business Insider’s Barcelona Junket

Victoria Barret reports on the nice little deal that Dan Frommer has going on in Barcelona: "Samsung was generous enough... More

The NYT’s Smart Take on Valuing Life

I love Binya Appelbaum’s NYT article on the various different values of a human life which are used by government... More

The WSJ’s Balanced Look at Muni Risk

And the FT adds some helpful data

The muni-market hearings in Washington today might be a bit of a snore, but Michael Corkery's long curtain-raiser for them... More

Incomplete Stories on Licensing Workers

The rise of a service-based economy implies a natural rise in occupational licensing

Stephanie Simon's WSJ article on the rise of jobs needing a license of some description has resulted in a predictable... More

Beware the WSJ’s Pay Statistics

This is getting to be a habit: today's WSJ article claiming that Wall Street pay has hit a new record... More

Some Very Bad Housing Advice in The Philly Inquirer

Erin Arvedlund -- yes, that Erin Arvedlund -- has a pretty crazy column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, under the headline... More

The NYT Throws Gasoline on the State-Bankruptcy Flames

Talk of introducing legislation allowing states to declare bankruptcy began in earnest in November. A speech by Newt Gingrich was... More

Inc.’s Excellent Story on Entrepreneurship in Norway

Max Chafkin has a fantastic story in Inc magazine about how to structure an economy so as to encourage entrepreneurship,... More

DealBook Leaves Out the Links in Its Goldman Story

DealBook and Footnoted—the very epitome of professional financial blogs—have collaborated in a big investigation of Goldman Sachs's regulatory filings and... More

Adventures in Markets Reporting

European stocks went up today, and European bonds went down. That happens, sometimes. But there was lots of news floating... More

The Euro-Default Drumbeat Loudens

The drumbeat for debt restructurings on Europe's periphery is becoming too loud to ignore. The Economist has now come out... More

The NYT Questions the Value of a Law Degree

David Segal is the best writer on the NYT's business desk, so it's a good thing that he was chosen... More

Vanity Fair’s Odd HuffPo Story

What to make of Bill Cohan's big Vanity Fair piece on a slightly skeevy lawsuit where a pair of Democratic... More

Weil: Accountability for Accountants

As Caleb Newquist notes, most financial reporters cover the accountancy industry "once in a lunar eclipse on the winter solstice."... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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