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Audit Notes: Fraud Prosecutions Plunge, Robber Barons, Zoning Fight

Here's the chart of the day, from Syracuse's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse via The New York Times's Catherine Rampell: Prosecutions... More

Reuters On the “Payment Protection” Scam

Plus, an American Banker columnist’s predatory-lending past

Reuters puts the spotlight on the scam that is the multi-billion-dollar credit-card insurance industry, which promises to cover payments if... More

Audit Notes: Farmland Booms, Regulation and Jobs, Euro Sell-off

The Wall Street Journal reports that farming is making something of a comeback on the edges of metro areas amid... More

Confused NYT Coverage of Obama Health Care Law’s Prospects

The New York Times can't make up its mind on what a Supreme Court ruling against Obama health care plan's... More

Bloomberg Gives Newt Another Frannie Headache

Executives contradict Gingrich’s account of his advice

Newt Gingrich has a Frannie problem. The former Speaker of the House used to work for Freddie Mac but is... More

Insider Trading in Congress

A new book puts faces on data suggesting members enrich themselves with nonpublic information

If I could short Congress, I would right now. Last night's 60 Minutes report, based on the work of conservative... More

The Times Eyes New Fees From the Banks

Everybody who skipped Bank Transfer Day ought to read this New York Times story today on how giant banks are... More

Audit Notes: The Sovereign Risk Genie, Regulatory Complexity, Wal-Mart and Bank Fees

The Economist's Greg Ip says the European crisis, at its core, is not about Silvio Berlusconi or even Italian debt... More

The Morning Call Revisits Amazon’s Work Conditions

Allentown workers baked in the summer, froze in the winter

Remember that Morning Call investigation a couple of months ago into an Amazon sweatshop outside Allentown, Pennsylvania? The paper showed... More

Audit Notes: Guardian Editor on Hackgate, Judge Rakoff, Confidence Game

Read Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger's Orwell lecture for an excellent overview and analysis of Murdoch's hacking scandal, and his paper's... More

The Big Lie of the Crisis, Called Out By the Press

The false “banks didn’t do it” meme takes hold on the right, as Romney showed last night

At CNBC's GOP debate last night, Mitt Romney showed that he, like Michael Bloomberg, buys into the Big Lie of... More

Audit Notes: The Euro Crisis’s 1930s Parallels, Taibbi on Bloomberg

The eurozone crisis is now at its worst point with Italy's interest rates at unsustainable rates and quite possibly past... More

NYT on How Unions Are Learning From Occupy Wall Street

The New York Times reports on how the American labor movement, whose membership and power have crumbled over the last... More

Audit Notes: What Would Hammurabi Do?, WSJ + OWS, Fisking Davidson

Nassim Nicholas Taleb doesn't pussyfoot around in his New York Times op-ed arguing that we should "End Bonuses for Bankers":... More

The SEC’s Soft Touch For Repeat Offenders

NYT and Bloomberg show how often banks violate promises not to re-commit fraud

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil wrote a swell column last week on the SEC's latest Citigroup wrist-slap. Weil noted that one of... More

Dirty Business (As Usual) at News Corporation

A golden parachute for Rebekah Brooks and surveillance of hacking victims’ lawyers

You know a company has serious problems when it's unsurprising that it gives an executive a golden parachute after her... More

Audit Notes: Citi’s Slaps, College Is Cheap, Voicemail Interception Compensation Scheme

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil has an excellent, tough column on the latest settlement between Citigroup and the SEC, which shows how... More

The Wall Street Journal Pooh-Poohs Bank Transfer Day

This Wall Street Journal story on Bank Transfer Day, the push to get people to move their money out of... More

WSJ On MF Global and Window Dressing

It looks like Jon Corzine's MF Global tried to hide how much risk it was taking on by temporarily lowering... More

Audit Notes: Toledo Blade Series, Chait on Pethokoukis, Censorship Inc.

The Toledo Blade is running a very good series on middle class people descending into poverty. What I like about... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

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