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Fresno Bee On the Ground with the New Joads

The Fresno Bee goes to the "unemployment capital of California" and returns with some stark imagery, scenes that conjure the... More

Boston Globe Is Excellent on Pension Insurer’s Bad Bets

Yesterday, The Boston Globe unloosed a superb piece of accountability reporting, writing that the Bush administration decided to move* the... More

BusinessWeek: Unemployment’s Worse Than You Think

BusinessWeek runs a nice story looking at the unreliability of unemployment statistics and how they're underestimating actual unemployment—something I criticized... More

Thinning Out the Journal’s Front Page

This Wall Street Journal A1 story today takes a rubbery strand of data about consumer borrowing and stretches it past... More

The Journal Games Out Depression Scenarios

I like this Wall Street Journal piece today looking at the odds of entering a depression, what that would mean,... More

Bloomberg on Papering Over Banks’ Losses

Bloomberg reports that the proposed changes to mark-to-market accounting rules could boost paper profits at banks by 20 percent. Hey,... More

NYT: Heads They Win, Tails They Win a Bit Less

The Times looks at a piece of the unaccountability culture in corporate America: Changing stock-option strike prices (legally) to make... More

Just What’s Left in the Metro Dailies?

NYU prof and Press Thinker Jay Rosen has had it with what he calls "replaceniks"—those who throw out the red... More

WaPo Scoop Shows Government’s Bailout Conflicts

The Washington Post fronts a pretty big scoop on friction at Freddie Mac caused by its untenable straddling between responsibility... More

Journal’s Good Effort on the Immigration Backlash

The Wall Street Journal has a really good story today on the government discouraging companies from hiring foreign workers. First... More

Milwaukee J-S Exposes Criminals in the Mortgage Biz

Late last year I did a Q&A with The Miami Herald's Jack Dolan, who led a team that wrote an... More

NYT Sues Fed and Treasury

A tip of the hat to The New York Times for filing a lawsuit against the Federal Reserve and the... More

The “Other” Post Gets a Great Scoop

The New York Post yesterday reported that Citigroup and Bank of America, those two enormous welfare cases teetering under the... More

Journal Inside the AIG Wagon-Circling

The WSJ has a good story today with lots of detail about what's going on inside AIG's now-infamous Financial Products... More

The WSJ and the Limits of a “No Jumps” Policy

Dumbing down and devaluing The Wall Street Journal

We've talked quite a bit about the FT-ization of the Journal since Murdoch got his grubby paws on it, shoved... More

FT on the Death of the Stocks Religion

The Financial Times runs an excellent analysis by columnist John Authers looking at how the "cult of equity" has been... More

Tough-Talking BofA Analyst Yesterday, Gone Today

Wow. I thought it was stunning when I read a short Bloomberg story just yesterday about a Bank of America... More

Bloomberg: The Real AIG Bonus Scandal

Bloomberg News has a great story today on how the government's AIG bailout not only preserved those infamous $165 million... More

The Core Question: What’s This Junk Really Worth?

Now that the details of Obama’s bad-assets are coming out, the back and forth begins. So far, Mr. Market likes... More

ABC Scoop: JPMorgan Still in the Gilded Bubble

Good reporting here by ABC News's I-team, led by Brian Ross, on multiple-time public-money recipient JPMorgan Chase's over-the-top plans for... 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 future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

The Center for Public Integrity’s response to ABC News

“I urge you to go to your reporters and engage in serious self-examination”

The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

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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