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How to Corner the Oil Market

CFTC suit says traders manipulated crude prices in 2008; revisiting a Journal piece

The papers all play up the big news that Commodity Futures Trading Commission lawsuit is accusing three companies of helping... More

Audit Notes: Insider Trading on the Hill, Taibbi, Deficit vs. Jobs Coverage

Dan Froomkin of The Huffington Post reports on some very interesting research finding that the investment portfolios of members of... More

WaPo Pulls Up Short On Trade and Tariffs

The Washington Post looks at what happens when the U.S. actually fights low-priced Chinese imports with tariffs: The factories move... More

Audit Notes: Investigators Eye the Wall Street Mortgage Machine

After years of going nowhere, the investigation of the Wall Street securitization machine behind the financial crisis is finally showing... More

Outsourcing Investigations to the Suspects

The Washington Post looks at how the SEC lets companies probe themselves

If you're a watchdog/government regulator and you suspect a company of committing crimes, it's probably not the best idea to... More

Audit Notes: The Massey Report, Objectivity Comics, The Ultrawealthy

Here are the ledes from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times stories this morning on the Massey... More

WNYC On Welfare for the Well-to-Do in the Bronx

Talk about an emblem of welfare for rich folks: Parking garages built for the New York Yankees to accompany their... More

A HuffPost Scoop, Overlooked By the Mainstream Press

HUD finds big banks defrauded taxpayers, but few follow the story

Shahien Nasiripour scored a foreclosure-fraud scandal scoop for The Huffington Post on Monday, reporting that audits of the mortgage industry... More

LinkedIn Bubble Trouble

How to report (and what not to leave out) on signs of frothiness in Silicon Valley

I've had a bit of a back and forth on Twitter in the last day with Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal,... More

Audit Notes: McKenna on Lowenstein; U.S., Island Rogue; Stat of the Day

Francine McKenna over at Forbes takes a swing at Roger Lowenstein's "Wall Street: Not Guilty" piece (see my take... More

WaPo Short-Arms a Promising Piece on Factory Jobs

The Washington Post gives us an interesting but blurry snapshot of the economy, looking at how the news about manufacturing,... More

Lowenstein Lets Wall Street Off the Hook

Not so fast.

Roger Lowenstein has a big piece out in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, an apology for Wall Street—duly celebrated by The New York... More

Audit Notes: WSJ on Selling Access, Wall Street-Style; Yanked; Small Paywalls

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one story on how Wall Street gives hedge funds access to key... More

Audit Notes: WSJ’s Deceptive Edits, NYT Glows for Bharara, Cohan Glowers

Jon Chait and Kevin Drum team up for a nifty demolition of that Wall Street Journal editorial page deception I... More

Now It’s the NYT’s Turn to Take On Trump Inc.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times took a good look at Donald Trump's business empire and how he built it... More

Audit Notes: Slick Politics, Greece’s Red Flag, What Caused Oil’s Tumble?

I noted a Huffington Post story the other day reporting that removing drilling bans wouldn't really affect the price of... More

An FCC Commissioner’s Brazen Dash Through the Revolving Door

Buried by The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News show some terrible news judgment today, burying news that FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell... More

Microsoft-Skype Gets Bubble-Era Hype from the Times (UPDATED)

The Journal and FT bring much-needed skepticism about the deal

The New York Times goes A1 with a breathless second-day story that shows some of the perils of deal reporting.... More

L.A. Times Examines Trump’s Gold-Plated Corporate Welfare

How do you handle covering a candidacy that's primarily a publicity stunt by a crazed ego and presshound—one with approximately... More

Audit Notes: “People Love It,” The New Nocera, NYT Parody Flop

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a good column on a panel of top financiers discussing financial reform and too big to... 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


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.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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