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The WSJ Gives Its Well-Off Readers a Glimpse of Poverty

It may seem obvious, but not everybody gets that increasing government safety nets during a downturn pumps money directly into... More

The FT Finds Wall Street Up to Its Old Tricks

And dog bites man, but it’s still important news

The Financial Times led its front page with a major story today on the return of those dread words "financial... More

The AP Is Too Optimistic on Obama’s Too Big To Fail Plans

The Associated Press looks at Obama's regulatory-reform plan and finds reason for hope on its approach to tackling Too Big... More

Miami Herald Finds Florida Fudged for Stanford

The Miami Herald has a great investigation on the Allen Stanford scandal, reporting that a Florida regulator allowed the conman... More

Amplifying the Drumbeat on the “Overdraft Protection” Racket

The issue picks up momentum in the financial press

It's The New York Times turn to do a nice story on "overdraft protection" practices. The Journal had one yesterday... More

Journal: Wall Street Pay Could Set Records

That didn't take long. The Journal reports this morning that Wall Street compensation is on track to possibly outdo 2007... More

WSJ Shows How Personal-Finance Pieces Ought to Be Done

It's rare to read a genuinely good personal-finance story, so I was glad to see Karen Blumenthal's column in The... More

NYT: Banks Gearing Up to Kill New Consumer-Protection Agency

Continuing the theme of the press focusing on the lobbying efforts of the financial industry to keep the status quo,... More

ProPublica, Post Watchdog Senator’s TARP Meddling

ProPublica and the Washington Post are making a nice little team this week. On Monday they wrote about how General... More

NY Times Chugs the Dr Pepper

How can The New York Times be this gullible? The paper writes about Dr Pepper Snapple outsourcing its information technology... More

LAT Raises the “Nexus” Sales-Tax Issue

The LA Times has an interesting article today on an overlooked aspect of tax policy: The "nexus" exemption for Internet... More

ProPublica, the Post Bring GE Into the Light

Props to ProPublica and the Washington Post for a joint story on how General Electric has benefited from $74 billion... More

LA Times Soft-Pedals Wired Editor’s Plagiarism

It's bad enough to write a two-source story about plagiarism. It's worse when the two sources are the plagiarist and... More

NYT Listens in as the Mortgage-Mod Plan Hits a Wall

The New York Times descends into customer-service hell on A1 today, reporting on the effort to modify mortgages under the... More

A Community Reinvestment Act Reader

We still have to debunk this myth?

Felix Salmon takes John Carney of Clusterstock to task for latching on to the right-wing effort to blame the housing... More

Bartiromo and BizWeek with an Embarrassing Summers Interview

Maria Bartiromo's BusinessWeek interviews aren't exactly must-read business journalism. But this is ridiculous. What would you ask if you got... More

Journal States the Obvious—In a Good Way

The Wall Street Journal looks at how the new consumer-protection regulator is likely to make banks less profitable. I like... More

What the WSJ Looked Like in 1930

Here's a great idea for a business blog. An anonymous somebody is going back through Depression-era Wall Street Journals day... More

Bloomberg Profiles Volcker, Obama’s Outside Insider

Bloomberg has a welcome, long profile of Paul Volcker, the legendary former Fed chairman who's been shouldered to the background... More

Fortune: Confidence in Banks Falling Again

Don't look now but market sentiment on the banking industry is falling again. Fortune reports that the cost of insuring... More

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists

Or SF’s housing crisis explained

Jill Abramson on tattoos, Anita Hill, Nate Silver

“I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party”

Bend it, charge it, dunk it

Graphene, the material of tomorrow

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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