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“Mean Street,” Indeed

We've been talking a lot about the bubble lately. Not that bubble: This bubble: So, I couldn't let this go... More

Starkman on The NewsHour

Audit chieftain Dean Starkman made an appearance on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on Friday to discuss the performance of... More

The Press Wins One on AIG

After six months, we finally know who got backdoor bailouts from the AIG rescue, and how much they got—$105 billion,... More

Cramer v. Stewart Coverage Largely Misses

The show capped a signal moment in the crisis

There's not much to say about Cramer v. Stewart that hasn't already been said elsewhere. It seems everyone, everywhere is... More

ProPublica Blogs the Stimulus

I really like this idea from the non-profit investigative-journalism folks at ProPublica: Bird-dog the hundreds of billions of dollars in... More

Bloomberg’s Weil Blows Up Moody’s

Jonathan Weil has a must-read column over at Bloomberg on Moody's, the credit-ratings giant that is one of the biggest... More

Live From the Madoff Trial: A Gas Run

The Journal has a mega-blowout headline on its Web site on the Madoff guilty plea. But when I clicked the... More

Black Helicopters Spotted at WSJ Sister Network

Glenn Beck and Fox go way, way off the deep end

The economic crisis has most of us worried about a lot of things. How will I retire? How will I... More

Busting the Boiler Rooms: It’s About Time

The New York Times reports today that officials are gearing up for a flood of prosecutions against the mortgage fraud... More

How About a Light-Hearted Banking Story?

This comes from my home-state paper, The Daily Oklahoman. This is the lede: If you’d like to earn 5.25 percent... More

“Cramer vs. Not Cramer”

CNBC’s court jester faces off with Jon Stewart

So CNBC's Jim Cramer has agreed to sit down with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show on Thursday in what... More

Leonhardt on the Looters

Arguing that financiers’ government “put” caused the crisis

The New York Times's David Leonhardt has the must-read of the day today. He focuses an early 1990s research paper... More

Fortune and the Christian Chicken Companies

I'd like to peck Fortune for a funny error in a story trying to be cute about chicken companies and... More

FT Excels on Complexity and Capitalism’s Future

The Financial Times is running a very good (so far) series it calls "The Future of Capitalism" this week. At... More

Journal with a Good Angle on the NYT Deal

The Journal's Heard on the Street column has a valuable look at The New York Times Company's financial straits today.... More

Housing Columnist Hasn’t Learned from the Bubble

Can you spot the problem here? ...would you sell the rights to future appreciation to an investor who also is... More

Working the AIG Beat

The Journal's good scoop this weekend on the AIG counterparties is somewhat furthered today by Fortune's Carol Loomis. And now... More

NPR, Starkman on the Pre-Crisis Press Coverage

David Folkenflik of NPR looked this morning at how the media performed in the runup to the crisis, and The... More

Laughing Down the Prophets

I ran across this clip last week, and think it's a pretty eye-opening example of how bears and outliers are... More

Bloomberg Looks at Merrill’s $34 Million Man

Bloomberg keeps the Andrea Orcel story alive with a nice piece today. Orcel is the Merrill Lynch banker who took... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Is the rising Democratic majority doomed?

“My belief … is that conservatism as we know it is doomed”

FCC, in a shift, backs fast lanes for Web traffic

The proposal comes three months after a federal appeals court struck down, for the second time, agency rules intended to guarantee a free and open Internet

Big food

Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat

Why Felix Salmon is joining Fusion

“The core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text”

New Yorker editor David Remnick on the art of writing a profile

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