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Bank of America’s Big Countrywide Settlement

Bank of America is going to fork over $8.5 billion to mortgage-bond investors lied to by Countrywide Financial, the Wall... More

Pioneer Press On a Renting Crisis and the Almost-Homeless

The St. Paul Pioneer Press does a good job looking at how a serious lack of affordable housing and the... More

A Bloomberg Investigation Exposes Cisco’s Tax Hypocrisy

CEO pushes for a repatration holiday while working hard to move profits overseas

Cisco's billionaire CEO John Chambers has led the recent campaign to let multinationals repatriate their overseas profits to the U.S.... More

Audit Notes: Pogue Problems, Wall Street Arrest, Mortgage Assets Crashing Again

Jim Romenesko scoops that a PR newsletter is selling $159 tickets to watch David Pogue say what pitches he likes... More

Bribery Without Bribers

James B. Stewart brings up an undercovered story; Tyson Foods executives walked

James B. Stewart got off to a strong start this weekend with his new New York Times column, which fills... More

An NYT Default Story Has Finance Industry Tunnel Vision

The paper gets it all wrong on Argentina’s lessons for Greece

The New York Times posted a truly awful story online yesterday headlined "Argentina's Default Offers a Cautionary Tale for Greece."... More

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

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

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

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’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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