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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

Bernanke Calls for Government Spending and Much of the Press Ignores It (Again)

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called for more fiscal stimulus yesterday in his most direct plea yet for the government... More

The Journal Fizzles on Occupy Oakland Protest

Several thousand Occupy movement protestors shut down the Port of Oakland yesterday, a week after Oakland police attacked the protest... More

Bloomberg on How a European AIG Would Hit the U.S.

Big U.S. banks are upping their exposure to Europe by selling credit-default swaps

Bloomberg News has an important report on how sovereign defaults in Europe could infect the U.S. banking system via ye... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Goes Wallison, Friedman, Golden Parachutes

Mayor Bloomberg is supposed to be the technocratic mayor of New York City—the anti-wingnut. So what's he doing saying things... More

Subprime Déjà Vu

The Los Angeles Times investigates the Buy Here Pay Here car market

In this market, the companies handing out loans make money whether you pay them back or not. Agents trick hard-luck,... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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