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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

Journal Pushing Free Trade on Its News Pages

This Journal headline is irritating: Hard Times Offer a Chance To Overcome Protectionism Some of us fervently hope that the... More

The Ratings Scam

Gretchen Morgenson in yesterday's Times keeps her eye on the ball with a look at one of the biggest scandals... More

Tribune on the Brink

The financial crisis has dealt a deadly blow to its chances

The Journal scooped last night that Tribune Company may file for bankruptcy this week. The other papers follow suit (not... More

WSJ is Super on Reserve Primary Fund Story

The Journal is excellent this morning with an in-depth report on the Reserve Primary Fund, the money-market fund that "broke... More

NYT’s Norris Tweaks Trump

Floyd Norris has some good clean fun with Donald Trump and Deutsche Bank, whom Trump is suing in a brazen... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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