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Audit Notes: Minimum Wage and the Recession, Facebook’s Numbers, Most Powerless

The Wall Street Journal runs an editorial today criticizing Mitt Romney for his support for increasing the minimum wage and... More

NYT With More on the SEC’s Soft Touch With Big Banks

The New York Times has an excellent investigation today that shows in a new light how the SEC lets Wall... More

Audit Notes: CDO Charges, Facebook’s Board, Deficits

Sure enough, the Justice Department charged former Credit Suisse CDO executive Kareem Serageldin with fraud for allegedly artificially inflating CDO... More

The WSJ’s Sony Story Is a Page-One Dud

News that Sony's board has picked a new CEO gets page-one play in The Wall Street Journal, apparently because Kazuo... More

The Old-School Value of Facebook

The New York Times's curtain-raiser on the Facebook IPO this morning asks, "Personal Data’s Value? Facebook Is Set to Find... More

Audit Notes: Finally, Fraud Charges; Gee Whiz Wired; Freddie

The Wall Street Journal reports, and as far as I can tell, scoops that the Justice Department is preparing to... More

Bloomberg’s Big Miss in Silicon Valley Hiring Story

An analysis forgets mergers and acquisitions

Bloomberg News reports on the hiring spree in Silicon Valley, possible evidence of "Web Bubble 2.0." But it makes some... More

Audit Notes: Data Pool 3, The UK Prints, Copyright

Scotland Yard arrested four top current and former Sun journalists and a cop. The Guardian's Nick Davies gives us the... More

ProPublica and NPR on Freddie Mac’s Conflicts

Why haven't Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae been much more aggressive about refinancing the mortgages they hold? That's a $50... More

Audit Notes: Fukayama on the Crisis, WSJ on Exec Pay, Nonprofit News

The Browser has a great interview with Francis Fukayama on his five favorite financial-crisis books. Here he is on whether... More

Evangelicals, Mormons, and Mitt Romney

The New York Times runs an op-ed headlined "Why Evangelicals Don't Like Mormons," which takes on an important issue but... More

Charlie Rose’s Weak Q&A With the SEC’s Khuzami

Audit contributing editor Felix Salmon, writing this morning about Channel 4 reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy's tough questioning of Larry Summers, asked,... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Bonds, Junkets, Digital Hype

Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism flags what she calls a "bombshell" analyst report on the mortgage-backed securities market. The report... More

Wealthy Bloomberg Subscribers Call for Higher Taxes

Bloomberg News had a good idea for a poll: Ask 1,200 of its $20,000-a-year subscribers whether the carried-interest tax break,... More

Audit Notes: Subpar Tom Friedman, Big Lie of the Crisis, Obama on Fraud

Today's Tom Friedman column is even worse than usual: In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job,... More

The Journal Takes Us Inside the Google Drugs Sting

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story today on how federal agents caught Google deliberately breaking the law... More

Audit Notes: Dimon the Persecuted, Mitt’s Taxes, Minimum Wage

Yesterday we heard press favorite Jamie Dimon sputtering about how swipe-fee regulations, which capped how much big banks could gouge... More

Mitt Romney’s Taxes

All the major papers are devoting lots of resources to covering Mitt Romney's tax return, putting the national spotlight on... More

Audit Notes: Kim Dotcom and SOPA, Private Equity, Swipe Fees

The Kim Dotcom story is fascinating, and not just because the FBI had to get dozens of cops in New... More

Patent Trolls 4 News Paywalls

Nathan Myhrvold makes some common errors about the newspaper industry

As far as voices of support go, the news business probably wishes it could do better than a patent troll... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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

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