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Audit Notes: Banker’s Good FHA Work, FBI’s Small Fry, Michael Barone

The American Banker's Jeff Horwitz has another excellent report on the Federal Housing Administration and its former commissioner David Stevens,... More

Damning New Evidence in the News Corp. Hacking Scandal

Payments to a convict began one month after a letter reminded execs he’d kept his mouth shut

You know, it's a serious problem when you can't trust a word said by one of the very biggest owner... More

Audit Notes: One Termer, HAMP Dwindles, The Crisis Narrative Shift

These two graphs from an NYT story this weekend pretty much show why Barack Obama is going to be a... More

The Free Press Probes Fannie and Freddie

The giant bailout recipients are dumping inventory in Detroit and pushing foreclosures over modifications

A Detroit Free Press investigation raises some interesting questions about why government-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are pushing foreclosures... More

Audit Notes: JPMorgan’s Denuded County, Recession Watch, Reporting Rumors

Bloomberg News revisits JPMorgan Chase's screwing of Jefferson County, Alabama, as the county debates whether to file for bankruptcy because... More

The WSJ Advances the Foreign-Exchange Gouging Story

The Wall Street Journal has a good investigation that advances its series of stories looking at how banks, and particularly... More

Ace in the Hole (1951)

What a sixty-year-old noir can tell us about the Murdoch hacking scandal

I’ve got Murdoch on the brain, but I couldn’t help thinking about the News of the World scandal while watching... More

Audit Notes: Picturing the Turmoil, WSJ vs. SmartMoney, Long Crisis

Lots of people are linking the Brokers With Hands On Their Faces Blog in the midst of the market turmoil... More

SmartMoney Makes a Hash of the Downgrade

Says borrowers face higher rates, despite sinking Treasury yields

Speaking of the Journal overhyping the S&P downgrade of U.S. Treasurys, its sister magazine SmartMoney has a doozy of a... More

The Journal Hypes the Downgrade

A three-day-old story gets the overkill treatment

That Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. from AAA to AA+ is a big story no doubt. But The Wall... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Board, Hedge Funds Selling

How awful is News Corporation's corporate governance (among other things)? Bloomberg News on Viet Dinh, the guy who wrote the... More

The Long Crisis

The current tumult had its origins in the housing bust and Crash of 2008

The Wall Street Journal's new Money & Investing chief, Francesco Guerrera, has an awfully narrow perspective about "Why This Crisis... More

Market Mess

Troubles pile up for the financial system and the economy

What happened in the markets today? Good luck figuring that out (you can't, really). Let's just say it's some combination... More

Blaming the Audience: Almost Always a Bad Idea

Marketplace's Heidi N. Moore lays into a listener for getting upset about Wall Street wanting to cut her entitlements. In... More

Audit Notes: Decline and Fall, Inflation Falls Again, Stress Indicators

Your Decline and Fall Moment of the Day comes from Standard & Poor's, the credit-ratings firm that was a core... More

Audit Notes: Panic in the Markets

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 512 points today, some 4.3 percent, as panic takes hold in global markets. The... More

Excellent Reporting on the Revolving Door By American Banker

Paper’s FOIA request shows a former FHA commish palling around with his future employer

American Banker has a terrific story on the revolving door, digging into the records of former Federal Housing Authority commissioner... More

Audit Notes: Some Recovery, Tom Watson Profiled, Debt Myths

Calculated Risk gives us four indicators the National Bureau of Economic Research uses to call and date recessions and recoveries.... More

WSJ Fronts Amazon’s Tax Avoidance Strategy

Color-coded maps tell employees which states are safe, bad, and neutral

It's nice to see The Wall Street Journal take a page-one look at Amazon's aggressive tax avoidance, something I've written... More

The Wall Street Journal: Murdochification Watch

The paper runs a thinly sourced, and quickly denied, scoop on non-News Corp. bribes

Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, unsurprisingly, hasn't done a whole lot of digging on the News Corp. hacking scandal. Or... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

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

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

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.’”

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