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A CDO Story for the Rest of Us

The Washington Post goes long with a look at how the CDO market went bust. I know, I know. You... More

WaPo’s Wrong Spin on Retail

Here's an example of how not to write an economy story. The Washington Post this weekend reported on retail sales... More

GM Pencils, Part Two

A reader, David Baggot, emailed me to point out that the Times story I liked yesterday about Detroit's extreme cost... More

Detroit Now Reduced to Using Regular Pencils

The Times has some amusing-if-pathetic details in its story on how the Big Three are cutting back to the bare... More

MediaNews’ Busted Newspaper Bets

The Times has a nice story on Dean Singleton's MediaNews and the problems it's facing in this atrocious time for... More

Bloomberg on Madoff’s Auditor

Bloomberg does some basic legwork on the Bernard Madoff scandal and gets some great color out of it. One of... More

WaPo: Bailout’s Pay Limits May Be Moot

The Washington Post has a nice scoop today that the executive-pay provisions of the bailout law are basically unenforceable. But... More

WSJ: Tax-Lite Companies Want Tax-Heavy Bailouts

The Journal does some good work in looking at some of the pigs lined up at the $700 billion TARP... More

Fed Slaps Down Bloomberg FOIA

Bloomberg keeps the heat on the Federal Reserve to disclose to whom it's given $2 trillion in loans. The news... More

Audit Interview: Michael Hudson

“We’re in a battle now to define what happened.”

Lots of people have asked why the press didn't tell us loudly enough that the subprime train was a-comin'. But... More

Was Countrywide’s “Puffery” Criminal?

Floyd Norris in the NYT points out something worth watching: a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial that's been allowed to go... More

NYT Lets Treasury Off Too Easy

The Times lets Neel Kashkari, the Treasury's bailout guy, off the hook in a news story on congressional hearings yesterday.... More

Portfolio Pries Into Pequot

Portfolio's Scot Paltrow has a very interesting story on some doings between Pequot Capital and one of the firm's former... More

The Times Looks at Bush’s Homeowner Advocate

The New York Times takes a nuanced look at FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair this morning. She's the Bush administration member... More

$73 an Hour Doesn’t Add Up

I like David Leonhardt's column this morning in the Times, debunking the $73 figure widely thrown around as what the... More

Journal’s Legg Mason “Get”

The Journal scores an interview with Legg Mason's Bill Miller, a legendary investor who's run into a brick wall in... More

Bloomberg Hits the Washington Consensus

Bloomberg has an excellent story this morning about how the free-trade policies foisted upon poor countries by rich ones have... More

The Journal Gets a Scalp

A day after the Journal went page one with a story about Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain begging the board... More

Tribune Aftermath

The NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin has an excellent column today on Tribune. He slams a list of players, including the... More

Cookie-Company Crisis Makes WSJ and NYT

Jeffrey D. Austen lost his job making cookies in Ohio. Some ambitious PR firm needs to hire him, stat. It... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Six things to consider about the new Los Angeles Register

“If the Register were a football team, Coach Kushner’s strategy would clearly be to flood the zone”

How Americans die

Great data viz from Bloomberg View

The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

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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