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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

Bloomberg Beats the Drums

Bloomberg continues to push the government to disclose who it’s handing $2 trillion. Today it writes that five Republican congressmen,... More

WSJ: New York Investigates Swaps

The Journal has an interesting story on an investigation into the credit-default swaps market. New York Attorney General Andrew (Spitzer’s... More

Paulson Pile-on

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s credibility continues to dwindle—not a good thing, considering the markets and the economy need to believe... More

WSJ: Banks Hit a “Home Run” with AIG Bailout

The WSJ is good here in looking at how the newly expanded AIG bailout is basically a backdoor bailout to... More

Consumer Crash

David Leonhardt has some interesting numbers in his column in the Times today and makes the case that the talked-about... More

Yes, It’s This Bad

Barry Ritholtz over at his newly redesigned (like ours, hope you noticed) site, does a good deed posting the information... More

Rockin’ in the Fee World

Here’s a good, newsy personal-finance story. The Journal reports that banks are turning the screws on their customers, pushing those... 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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