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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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