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LAT on the Flipside of the Housing Bust

We too often forget that the housing bust is good for a lot of people, namely those who can now... More

Promise and Peril at Tesla

The Washington Post has an interesting look at Tesla Motors, the startup electric-car company that’s run into trouble recently. It’s... More

The Post’s Paulson Puff

The Washington Post goes long with yet another Henry Paulson profile. There’s not much new here—add it to the list... More

Subprime Didn’t Have To Be a Dirty Word

Daniel Gross blows a gaping hole in the argument that borrowers are to blame for the housing bust and subsequent... More

WSJ on Rising Health Costs for Small Biz

The Journal is good today in writing on how higher health-care costs, exacerbated by the financial crisis, are hitting small... More

Spitzer Reappears

Eliot Spitzer came out of hiding yesterday to suggest some remedies for Wall Street. Good for the Washington Post for... More

WSJ Misses a Big Part of Goldman Story

The Journal puts the Goldman bonus news—its top seven executives aren’t taking one—on page one. The decision at Goldman doesn't... More

The Times on Phil Gramm’s Folly

The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the discredited former senator, current UBS banker/lobbyist, and deregulator extraordinaire Phil... More

Shifting Insurer Risk to Policyholders

The Journal reports that state regulators are considering lowering the reserve requirements for life-insurance companies to ease the financial pressures... More

Audit Interview: Jonathan Weil

“You have to be willing to lose stories that depend on access.”

If you’ve missed Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Weil’s work over the past year, you’ve missed a lot. Early to sniff out... More

Globalization Gone Awry

Steven Pearlstein makes some good points in his Washington Post column today on how and why American-style capitalism has broken... More

WSJ’s Page One Commodities

The Journal’s front-page business stories are run-of-the-mill this morning, far from the glory days of yore. One reports that banks... More

AIG’s Accountability Affront

Floyd Norris is right to say the bailouts are seriously lacking on the accountability front. Here he gives AIG a... More

WSJ’s Citi Fallout

The Journal’s scoop yesterday that Citigroup’s board is considering firing its chairman made waves yesterday. The Times and the FT... More

This Is the End

Michael Lewis has a great story in Portfolio looking at the demise of Wall Street. He tells the story of... More

WaPo: Waiting for a Watchdog

The Washington Post reports that the oversight panel for the $700 billion bailout hasn’t been, um, impaneled. In fact: …no... More

The Journal Gets Inside Citi’s Boardroom

The WSJ scoops this morning that Citigroup's board is considering firing its chairman, Sir Win Bischoff. Some directors have grown... More

Stewart on Fixing the Economy

James B. Stewart, always worth reading, has some good thoughts in his Journal column on what Obama needs to do... More

FT’s New Site Is Big. Really Big.

The Financial Times has redesigned its Web site, and on first impression, it’s just awful. Why are its Web readers,... More

Shop Till Your Bubble Pops

This Times story on customers returning more merchandise to retailers (because of the bad economy) reads more like a story... 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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