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Right on Rubin

Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post points out that it's inexplicable that Robert Rubin hasn't had his reputation much more... More

WSJ Looks at the Morgan Stanley Panic

The Journal’s big story of the day pieces together what happened to Morgan Stanley a couple of months ago when... More

The Times on the Fall of Luxury

The Times has a serviceable story on the problems in the luxury part of the economy, but I just want... More

A Billion Here, a Trillion There

President-Elect Obama is proposing an enormous stimulus package to save us all from Great Depression II, but just how much... More

WSJ on the Liver Merchants

The Wall Street Journal has yet another good story in its series on nonprofit hospitals acting like for-profit companies. This... More

Audit Interview: John Ryan

“There was an even bigger story here about how money and influence shape policy”

Many in the press believe they did a great job covering predatory mortgage lenders and their Wall Street partners in... More

Sulzbergers Face the Dividend Music

The New York Times Company finally faced up to reality yesterday and slashed its dividend. It’s something it should have... More

Look Out Below!

The brief recovery in the credit markets caused by the government bailout is officially history. The Journal continues its good... More

Somebody’s Wrong on Citi

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times both have scoops this morning on what Citi is planning to... More

A Roundup of the Wreckage

With yet another stock-market plunge yesterday, the papers all have their follow stories about the bleakness. Barry Ritholtz over at... More

WSJ: A Novel Tack by Mortgage Firms

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting report on mortgage firms slashing troubled borrowers’ principal, rather than foreclosing on them.... More

The Big Three’s PR Disaster

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post twists the knife into the carmaker CEOs, who were busted in Congress yesterday for... More

Cash for Trash

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story about which corporate executives made the biggest killings over the last five... More

Steering Away from the Pack

With everybody thinking and writing about the car industry these days, it’s hard to stand out from the pack. But... More

FT Calls Out the Administration on its “Corner”

The Financial Times is appropriately skeptical of Treasury Secretary Paulson and Fed Chairman Bernanke and their assertions that "we have... More

How Much “Change”?

Bloomberg has a nice report on what an Obama administration’s financial and economic policy will look like, noting that Robert... More

Bad News in Commercial Real Estate

The Journal and Bloomberg report today that two big commercial real estate loans are about to default and yesterday the... More

The Post’s Paulson Puff, Part Two

The Washington Post graces us this morning with part two of its Henry Paulson hero-worship series. I was skeptical yesterday... More

WSJ’s Bank Mod Story Incomplete

The Wall Street Journal reports that even banks that have modified home loans to help struggling borrowers are getting slammed... More

FT on the Other Paulson

The Financial Times has an interesting piece of news: John Paulson, who’s made many billions of dollars betting against housing... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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