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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

Glass of Milk with Your “Bailout Pie”?

The New York Times takes a good look at the feeding frenzy of Washington lobbyists trying to get a piece... More

Audit Roundup: Underwater in California

NYT on a town where 90 percent have negative equity; Journal is good on retail jobs evaporating; etc.

The New York Times finds a place where 90 percent of the mortgages are underwater, the most in the country.... More

Audit Roundup: Bloomberg Fights the Fed

Calling for disclosure of trillion-dollar government loans; The Times on the the new pitch business; etc.

Bloomberg has been excellent in watchdogging the Federal Reserve’s various bailouts, even suing the government last week for the information.... More

Audit Roundup: Shopper Shock

Papers’ language differs a bit; Musty WSJ hedge-fund story; etc.

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal employ different tones on the terrible retail sales reports yesterday. The... More

Audit Roundup: Newspaper Sales Skyrocket!

For a day on historic election; Consumer credit still under pressure, WSJ says; etc.

The NYT has a nice story this morning on the overwhelming demand yesterday for… wait for it… newspapers! The election... More

Audit Roundup: Obamanomics

Bloomberg on what’s in store; Challenges galore, says the Times; etc.

Bloomberg, better than the Journal, Times, or Post, looks ahead to the economic change likely under an Obama administration. The... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Baloney

The FT still buys it; WSJ scoops on more bailouts; etc.

This is one of the most gullible stories I’ve seen in some time. The FT reports that Wall Street says... More

My Foreclosure: Judgment and Empathy

Readers on the story of how I lost my home

When Audit honcho Dean Starkman asked me if I would write a story about losing my family’s home when I... More

Audit Roundup: WaMu’s Boiler Room

NYT’s Morgenson on bank’s shady mortgage biz; Papers dig into AIG; etc.

The NYT’s Gretchen Morgenson talks to a former WaMu mortgage underwriter, who dishes on what sure seems to us like... More

Audit Roundup: Deregulate, Sayeth Bush

At least he’s consistent, WaPo reports; WSJ on Wall Street pay; etc.

The Washington Post is good this morning in reporting that the Bush Administration, which is exiting with the house falling... More

Audit Roundup: Bubble Brains

Press forgets Fed’s easy money sparked the crisis; WaPo good on dividends; etc.

What a short memory the business press has. Amazingly, neither the Journal nor the NYT in their page-one stories on... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Assembly Line

Bloomberg digs into securitization; WSJ on Trump’s latest woes; etc.

Bloomberg has a nice, long look at securitization (part of a series on Wall Street’s debt-making). Particularly interesting is what... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

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