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Reuters Brings a Deustche Derivatives Whistleblower to the Surface

Reuters's Matthew Goldstein has an eye-raising scoop today, reporting that Deutsche Bank fired a top credit default swaps trader in... More

Audit Notes: Magnetar Misled, Anonymous But On the Record, WSJ Jet Probe

I wrote about JPMorgan's Magnetar settlement this morning, but it's important to note that it shows once and for all... More

Fraud Without Fraudsters; Fraud Without “Fraud”

The SEC’s settlement with JPMorgan Chase on a Magnetar deal

How is it possible to file a civil fraud lawsuit against a bank without filing them against a banker? That's... More

Audit Notes: Wall Street’s Trib Bust, Pro-Union U.S., Authoritarian Wal-Mart

David Carr looks at James O'Shea's new book on Sam Zell's Tribune Company fiasco and zooms in on O'Shea's reporting... More

Gannett’s Multimillionaires Regret to Inform 700 Workers of Their Layoffs

Imagine if these six execs scrapped the “multi” and took low seven figures

Gannett says "we need to take further steps to align our costs with the current revenue trends," so it's laying... More

Stock Market Chart of the Day: Socialism vs. Cowboy Capitalism

In the appendix of that report on executive compensation and inequality that the Washington Post wrote about the other day,... More

Executive Compensation As the Driver of Inequality

A well reported Washington Post story makes a solid case

The Washington Post leads off its new series on inequality with a killer anecdote: It was the 1970s, and the... More

The Hamster Wheel and the AOL Way

Audit Chief Dean Starkman's "Hamster Wheel" piece has now been enshrined in the lexicon of the bureaucracy with the release... More

Audit Notes: Cash Giveaway, Bloomberg Views (in the WSJ), Lede of the Week

Jeff Amy of the Mobile Press-Register has some good reporting on corporate welfare in Alabama. He writes that businesses aren't... More

SEC Scooplets From the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the SEC is finally considering charging the credit raters—critical components of the... More

The Press Notes the Euro Crisis Threatens the U.S. Too

It's beginning to dawn on the U.S. press that the slow-motion crash of the European Union just might have some... More

An Excellent WSJ Probe Finds Corporate Jet Abuse

The Wall Street Journal has a terrific investigation into executive abuse of corporate jets and shows that companies are violating... More

Organizing via Facebook in the Age of Union-Busting

The New York Times's Steven Greenhouse has an interesting report today on a group of Walmart workers who are organizing—just... More

FT: SEC Investigates a Magnetar Deal

The FT's Kara Scannell scoops that the SEC is investigating a Magnetar CDO deal, probing Merrill Lynch and its handpicked... More

The Unimportance Lobby (UPDATED)

The NYT shows Big Finance pushing to avoid a “systematically important” designation

The New York Times had a good look yesterday at how big financial companies are lobbying Washington to not be... More

Bloomberg’s Weil Exposes Another Accounting Regulator Coverup

Jonathan Weil has a tough Bloomberg View column about accounting regulators covering up wrongdoing by companies and their auditors. Back... More

AT&T Buys Nonprofit Support for its Anticompetitive Merger

Politico and the Washington Post follow the money

It ought to raise eyebrows when groups like the NAACP, GLAAD, and the nation's largest teachers union lobby to approve... More

Audit Notes: Paywall Protection, News Corp. Scandal Widens, Goldman and Libya

Ken Doctor has a good post over at Nieman Journalism Lab on the Walter Hussman Theorem, which is that you... More

The Fed, Still Oracular in the Post-Greenspan Era

The business press’s various interpretations of a Bernanke speech

Ben Bernanke gave a speech the other day, saying that... well... he said some thing or another, according to the... More

Walmart’s Unions

They do exist—outside the U.S.—as a Washington Post story shows

It's well known that Walmart is viciously anti-union. It's not much known is that the company is much more accomodative... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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