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Revisiting the SIGTARP AIG Investigation

The AIG backdoor-bailout story continues to build, with the TARP special inspector general now re-opening an investigation into the matter.... More

Audit Notes: Counterparties Relevant, Goldman/AIG, Beck on Stocks

We've been asking this question for a few months now: Why did Tim Geithner tell the TARP special inspector general... More

Steve Jobs, Holy Moses

Moses has been in the news a lot lately thanks to that more-modern oracle over at 1 Infinite Loop: Steve... More

The Press Angle of the Fed’s Backdoor-Bailout Cover-up

Geithner’s New York Fed responded to a FOIA by withholding more information

Whatever Tim Geithner's New York Fed was trying to hide in the AIG backdoor bailout was so volatile it was... More

Blowing Up at the Murdoch Journal

Barry Ritholtz rips The Wall Street Journal a new one today, saying that "Under Murdoch, the paper has become politicized... More

What Does Tim Geithner Really Think About the Volcker Rule?

The New York Times, in a story about the sudden, somewhat shocking ascendance in the Obama orbit of the long-ignored... More

Obama (Finally) Gets Tough on Wall Street

In stunning news this morning, President Obama has reversed course and will propose a kind of Glass-Steagall II, as well... More

Audit Notes: A Tax a Reaganite Can Love, Cramer, Mad Max

David Stockman, who was in the Reagan cabinet as budget director, comes out swinging for a too-big-to-fail bank tax in... More

Bloomberg Punctures the Fed’s French Excuse

Bloomberg advances the AIG/French-banks story today quite a little bit. That's the one where the Fed said it had to... More

The NYT Will Charge Online

That’s a good thing

It's official. The New York Times says it will stop giving away its expensive-to-produce paper online and institute a metered... More

Audit Notes: FCIC’s Missing Media, What Crisis?, L’Affaire AIG

What did we miss as press coverage of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission fizzled last week? On Friday, we pointed... More

Citi Not Quite As Awful As Last Year, Says Dow Jones

Here's a strange Wall Street Journal headline (of a Dow Jones Newswires story): "Citi Loss Narrows." Yeah—to $7.6 billion. Is... More

The WSJ on Another Junk-Debt Boom

The bubble is back. If you hadn't already figured that out, that's the lesson from The Wall Street Journal's excellent... More

Audit Notes: Ignoring State Regs, Busy Bhatia, Volcker Vacuum

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission talked to state regulators—the only ones with credibility on the predatory-lending issue and you might... More

A WSJ Story Shows TBTF Effects on the Market

The Wall Street Journal is excellent today to spotlight a sudden jump in ARM interest rates on New Year's Eve... More

Steven Pearlstein: Then and Now

What a difference a year makes! Here's the Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein last February: These guys won’t be happy until... More

Audit Notes: Goldie’s AIG CDS, Smarter Readers, Adversarial Stance

James Keller has an interesting post over at RealClearMarkets on the Goldman Sachs/AIG controversy, which he says is "Likely Worse... More

Parsing the Latest Online-Charging Poll

There's yet another poll out there reporting the obvious: Most people say they won't pay for something they get for... More

Revisiting the Journal’s TBTF Citi Story

Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism calls me out for swallowing a Wall Street Journal story showing the Citigroup side in... More

Audit Notes: Frontrunning, Walk Away!, Housing (Still) Deteriorating

The New York Times reports that Goldman Sachs admitted in an email to clients it has traded ahead of its... 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”

Bloggingheads

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