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Analyze This!

Bloomberg posts a short news story on some UBS analyst trying to make a name for himself by coming up... More

WSJ Now Inside Paulson’s Brain

The Journal has seemingly been channeling Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson for months now. Today's story is so confident you know... More

Big Three CEOs Hit the Road

The Times writes that the Big Three CEO's have learned their lesson from the private-jet debacle of two weeks ago.... More

Weird Goldman Sourcing at the Journal

A Journal scoop this morning—or at least its sourcing—may have confused some readers. The paper reported that Goldman Sachs's loss... More

Preemptive Bubble Bursting

The Journal's Bob Hagerty, who did lots of great work warning of problems in housing before the bubble burst, is... More

AP Is Excellent on Bush Mortgage Negligence

The Associated Press put out a story yesterday reporting that the Bush Administration ignored in-house warnings of an impending mortgage... More

The Great Recession of 2008

Bloomberg, via a source, makes its bid for what to call the crisis. The Great Recession has a nice ring... More

GM USA?

The LAT's Pulitzer-winning car critic Dan Neil makes an interesting case for the government nationalizing the auto industry, especially General... More

News You Can Actually Use But Hopefully Won’t Have To

Here's a timely personal-finance story with information I actually haven't read a million times. The LA Times's Kathy M. Kristof... More

The Banks and the Big Three

The Journal's excellent Heard on the Street writer David Reilly hits at the banks today, pointing out that they need... More

The Media’s Mixed Messages on the Mall

David Carr is right to expose the media's hypocrisy in its hand-wringing over the Black Friday mania that ended up... More

WaPo and 60 Minutes Team Up on Internet Gambling

The Washington Post and 60 Minutes put their investigative heads together for a nice two-day collaboration on Internet gambling that... More

WSJ: What Crisis?

This Journal story about Morgan Stanley is off key—and it's a bad time to be out of tune. Hey, did... More

Chef Executive Officer

So the Times suggests you run your Thanksgiving dinner like you're a CEO. But skip the story and let The... More

Joe Nocera’s Mailbag

The NYT's Joe Nocera publishes an excellent email from an unnamed banker predicting an impending (and deserved, he says) collapse... More

Bloomberg: Governments Still Gambling on Derivatives

Check out this Bloomberg story on a Pennsylvania county getting into derivatives to help balance its budget. The interest-rate swaps,... More

LAT Looks Under the New Century Rock

The Los Angeles Times has a good investigation of questionable stock sales at New Century Financial, which was one of... More

The Story of the Small Banks

The Washington Monthly has a good story looking at the successes of community banks, which are in pretty good shape... More

BusinessWeek Exposes the New Subprime

I’ve got to applaud BusinessWeek for its aggressive investigation of dirty subprime lenders getting back into the mortgage game with... More

Slate on Predatory Lending

Slate has a nice, if a bit too easy, piece focusing on the predatory lending that played a huge role... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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