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Audit notes: Dollar dictator, the SEC’s small fry, Americans go Swiss

The Federal Reserve doesn’t answer solely to Ben Bernanke

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien, whom you should really be reading, raises an important point lost in all the discussion about... More

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Audit notes: Murdoch and the Conservatives, M&A, ESPN fail

Tantalizing but thinly sourced info on Rebekah Brooks’s texts to David Cameron

Peter Oborne writes a must-read column for The Telegraph on how the Murdoch scandal is threatening, unnecessarily, to bring down... More

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Reuters uncovers Chesapeake CEO’s other day job

Second probe in two weeks deals gas tycoon Aubrey McClendon another big headache

Reuters unloads another outstanding scoop on the sketchy doings of Chesapeake Energy Aubrey McClendon, reporting that the CEO ran a... More

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Murdoch Mauled by MPs Edition

Rupert Murdoch wasn't the only "not fit" executive seared by the select committee's report on News Corporation scandals today. The... More

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The coverup culture of News Corp.

A damning report from Parliament and Rupert Murdoch’s revealing response to it

When a committee of Parliament condemned Rupert Murdoch today Tuesday as "not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Lobbyists, Reuters on Chesapeake, Shadow Space (UPDATED)

Top News Corporation officials talked about enlisting the top Wall Street Journal Europe editor to lobby politicians for Murdoch's multibillionaire... More

The WSJ’s Monster Market Move

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle hits the merger beat with Coca-Cola deal-talks story

Here's what you like to see if you're a business reporter with a scoop on a big merger or acquisition:... More

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The AP on Student Loan Hell

A 2005 law traps borrowers in private debt

The Associated Press takes a good look at how a 2005 law traps borrowers in private student loans—upending the whole... More

Audit Notes: Davies on Murdoch, Banks Eye the Poor for Fees, TARP ROI

Nick Davies writes in The Guardian that, after a second day of questioning under oath, "Rupert Murdoch is in trouble...... More

Bloomberg on Cherry-Picking Executive “Peers” to Inflate Pay

Bloomberg News has a good piece on how companies inflate CEO pay by comparing them to "peers" that are out... More

Audit Notes: The ER Boiler Room, Jeremy Hunt, UK Austerity Fails

Jessica Silver-Greenberg has an alarming page-one story in The New York Times on how hospitals are letting in third-party debt... More

The Journal Misses on Ebooks and Antitrust

It's usually wise to read an "experts say" story a little more skeptically than you normally would. That's the case... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch Minister Edition

The Murdoch scandal heated (hotted?) up yet again today with James Murdoch's testimony to the Leveson Inquiry, and it now... More

60 Minutes Revisits Lehman, Valukas, and Repo 105

Remember the Valukas Report? That court-appointed bankruptcy examiner's investigation into the collapse of Lehman Brothers found a number of colorable... More

Audit Notes: Blame the Lenders, Government Scandals, Corrections

Abigail Caplovitz Field at Firedoglake writes a good post explaining why the blame-the-borrowers meme is ultimately misguided—and dangerous: Houses are... More

The Times’s Extraordinary Wal-Mart Investigation

David Barstow's epic Wal-Mart investigation in the Sunday New York Times has already lopped $10 billion off the company's market... More

Audit Notes: The Pentagon’s Privatized Propaganda, Chesapeake, Inequality

This story is just amazing: A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to... More

The NYT Goes Backward on Digital Ads

The New York Times Company's first quarter earnings, reported yesterday, left a lot to be desired. About.com, the company's web-only... More

Audit Notes: Luskin and Krugman, Bailouts, Minimum Wage,

Brad DeLong catches Donald Luskin in a doozy. Luskin calls out Paul Krugman for saying in 2000 that the Dow... More

Excellent Reuters Probe Uncovers a CEO’s Billion-Dollar Loans

Reuters has a fantastic piece of enterprise reporting on natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy, reporting on serious conflicts of interest... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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