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But Will the Bankers Go Galt?

The Journal scoops that Obama is formulating a broad plan to regulate pay in the financial industry to make sure... More

WSJ: Conflicts at Goldman

The Journal's piece on conflicts of interest at Goldman Sachs's commercial real estate funds is a good look at yet... More

The Times Overdraws on Community Banks

I wanted to like this New York Times story today on small banks and how they've far outperformed their bigger... More

Goldman Settles Mortgage Probe, But the Press Buries It

Seems to me that the press is underplaying the news that Goldman Sachs agreed to a $60 million settlement with... More

Kicking the Tires at The New York Times Company

Fortune has some fascinating reporting on the future of The New York Times as a business. It scoops that David... More

The Journal Can’t See Through the Hedges

How do you write about the hedge-fund industry being ticked off at Obama without noting one of the biggest reason... More

WSJ’s Bold Plan to Expand Subscription Revenues

Rupert Murdoch of late has been making the boldest noises of anyone in the newspaper industry on the search for... More

Press Buries the GAO’s Damning Report on the SEC

Speaking of Moe Tkacik: She points out a General Accountability Office report on the SEC that got woefully underplayed in... More

Journal’s Accountability Reporting Gets a Major Scalp

That didn't take long. Stephen Friedman, the New York Fed chairman and Goldman Sachs director shareholder, whose conflicts were exposed... More

Center for Public Integrity Puts the Subprime Puzzle Together

The Center for Public Integrity yesterday released a dynamite report on the interconnections between Wall Street and the subprime-mortgage industry.... More

Murdoch Leads the Charge on Paid Content

Say what you will about Rupert Murdoch (and we have), the guy's a smart businessman. Last week, I reported that... More

They Are CNBC

Make sure you don't miss my friend Moe Tkacik's piece on CNBC, hot off the presses in the Columbia Journalism... More

WSJ Compares German and American Safety Nets

I like this Wall Street Journal page-one "leder" looking at the difference in the European and American safety nets and... More

Kindle a Newspaper Life Saver?

Is this the gadget that will save the newspaper? That angle has been, if not dominant, then significant in the... More

Bloomberg Squawked, Regulators Balked

Speaking of insider trading of credit-default swaps (you just can't get enough!), Felix Salmon of Reuters digs up a prescient... More

Credit-Default Swaps: WSJ vs. NYT

Which story about insider trading of credit-default swaps would you rather read? Here's the Journal's C1 lede: The Securities and... More

The Journal After Murdoch

The latest issue of our magazine is out, and the first piece we've put online is Liza Featherstone's look at... More

BizWeek Takes on Confusing Contracts

BusinessWeek uses the administration's plan to crack down on credit-card companies as a jumping-off point to look at how it... More

Bloomberg Cuts Through the Corporate-Tax Spin

I like Bloomberg's tack on the Obama corporate-taxes story, reporting on real examples of tax avoidance—ones that counter Big Business's... More

John R. Wilke, Longtime Journal Reporter, Dies at 54

Investigated the nexus between business and politics

Longtime Wall Street Journal reporter John R. Wilke died of cancer this weekend and it's a big loss for financial... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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