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Too Big to Fail: New Jersey Mall Edition

Chris Christie can’t let Xanadu go under; $400 million in corporate welfare

What corporate interest won't Chris Christie subsidize with taxpayer dollars? The New Jersey governor, press favorite, and conservative hero is... More

WSJ Notes That Commodities Go Down, Too

The business press is much more sensitive to signs of price increases than it is to signs of price decreases.... More

The WSJ Editorial Board Whiffs on Taxes

Bad math plus hypocrisy on deficits equals Review & Outlook

The New Republic's Jonathan Chait and Columbia's Jeffrey Sachs rip into the Wall Street Journal editorial page for making some... More

Follow the Money Leads On the Iowa AG

While the press follows on a campaign-cash story

The National Institute on Money in State Politics's Follow The Money site reports on how campaign donations from the financial... More

WSJ Goes Page One With Another Gold “Record”

But in real terms the price is more than a third below its peak three decades ago

It's time for another round of hyped and misleading "gold hits a record" stories. Gold closed at $1,500 for the... More

Big Companies and Jobs, Then and Now

New York's Andre Tartar has a intriguing post on the biggest American corporations and how much their employment levels have... More

Cries For Help From Wall Street

Tie our hands before we strike again

Financial Times columnist John Gapper had a good piece in New York a couple of weeks back about the psychology... More

Audit Notes: Financial Fraud and the Economy, TBTF Debts, Health Care

Mike Konczal has some good thoughts on the Levin-Coburn Report, financial fraud, and ProPublica's Pulitzer win for their Wall Street... More

Barron’s On a Deadly Russian Tax Heist

Bureaucrats and thugs laundered hundreds of millions through Credit Suisse

Bill Alpert has a must-read story in Barron's this week—a wild tale of overt Russian corruption involving a $230 million... More

Chris Christie’s Corporate Welfare

A $102 million tax break for a Japanese company to stay in New Jersey

Chris Christie is a hero to the right and something of a media darling for his willingness to slash government... More

Audit Notes: Sorkin Hits Goldman, Agape at Capes, Preemption Doctrine

Andrew Ross Sorkin gets just about as close to saying "Goldman Sachs lied to Congress" as you're going to see.... More

The Miami Herald Gets Creative on the Bum Economy

It's sometimes hard to find new angles on a story like the bum economy, which has been an ongoing story... More

That Giant Sucking Sound

WSJ: Big companies shed millions of jobs in 2000s while adding millions abroad

The Wall Street Journal has your chart of the day. It shows that U.S.-based multinational corporations added 2.4 million workers... More

Audit Notes: Pulitzer Edition

The financial crisis is now more than three years old, but up to now there had been no Pulitzer Prize... More

Newspaper Turnaround Stories

Give credit to the creditors and the courts before the CEOs

David Carr takes a look today at the fortunes of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which have stopped plummeting at least... More

Audit Notes: AP Spill, Reporting on Your Parent, Bloomberg Babies

This Associated Press story had me scratching my head. It says Citgo spilled 265,000 barrels of oil in the Delaware... More

Skimpy Coverage of Levin-Coburn Report From WSJ, NYT

McClatchy, The Huffington Post, and Bloomberg are much better

If you're looking for second-day coverage of the Levin-Coburn report in The Wall Street Journal or New York Times—as I... More

Audit Notes: HuffPo Shines, Libor Lineup, An FT Slip

I don't know about you, but the best news story I read today on the Levin-Coburn Report wasn't in the... More

The Levin-Coburn Report Coverage

The WSJ and NYT whiff on possible Goldman Sachs criminal referrals

There's all kinds of stuff to chew on in the new Levin-Coburn report, which looks like the toughest such report... More

A Damning NYT Investigation Into Justice Wall Street Style

Bankers skate as regulators and prosecutors protect financial interests above all else

The New York Times has the story of the week, a superb investigation into why there haven't been prosecutions on... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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