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The Business Press’s Favorite Talking Head

Mark Zandi on speed dial

My first reaction to this Bloomberg article was to write this on the Twitter: hey, whaddya know, Mark Zandi is... More

Audit Notes: Social Security and Ponzi, Regulation, Hamster Wheel

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler has a nice rebuttal to Rick Perry's false claim in last night's Republican debate... More

FHFA Suits Try to Hold Individual Execs Accountable

Jonathan Stempel of Reuters points out something that the press has all but ignored about the Federal Housing Finance Agency's... More

Audit Notes: Detroit Foreclosures, Soros on the Euro Crisis, NYT on Stimulus

The Detroit News reports that some homeowners in the city are letting their houses go into foreclosure over unpaid tax... More

American Banker Shows DOJ Sat On a Bank-Kickback Scandal

HUD says big banks got $6 billion, but the attorney general does nothing

American Banker has really been doing some superb stuff lately. Jeff Horwitz has a big scoop in today's paper, reporting... More

Ham-fisted Racism at Fox Sports

So Fox Sports hired a comedian to go to the USC campus and make fun of "All American" Asian students... More

Amazon’s California Tax Battle

Fighting to delay the end of its unfair advantage

While billionaire Jeff Bezos is off crashing spaceships (or wannabe spaceships, anyway) in the West Texas desert, his company's unfair... More

Audit Notes: FHFA Suits, Corporate Taxes, SEC Out of Step

I've just skimmed through some of the Federal Housing Finance Agency's huge lawsuits against seventeen big banks, but it was... More

Fannie’s Regulator Isn’t Playing Obama Team Ball

Suing the banks rather than protecting them

The New York Times scoop that Fannie and Freddie's regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is suing the big banks... More

The Wall Street Journal and the Waffle House

The Wall Street Journal has a terrific ahed today on the Waffle House and how the company goes all out... More

The Foreclosure Scandal Continues (UPDATED)

American Banker and Reuters show banks thumbing their nose at the law

It's clear that the banks aren't much chastened by the foreclosure scandal that erupted last fall and which threatens to... More

Audit Notes: Bank Consolidation, The Depression, Stuart Kuttner

Steven Pearlstein comes out against the Capital One/ING merger, which would turn it into the country's fifth biggest bank, with... More

AT&T’s Hubris

The Justice Department is suing to stop AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, which would have consolidated three-quarters of cellphone-plan market... More

Audit Notes: Boyd on Blackboard, Capitalism Lite, BofA Woes

There aren't a whole lot of investigative journalists out there covering penny stocks and other small-cap companies. Roddy Boyd does,... More

WSJ Shoe Leather and Privacy Series Pays Off In Libya

The Wall Street Journal gets a big scoop today on the ground in Libya, reporting that Western companies helped Qaddafi... More

Audit Notes: Stocks Fed, Stadium Economics, Dumb-Question Headlines

Gretchen Morgenson had an interesting quote in her column yesterday riffing off Bloomberg's investigation into $1.2 trillion of Fed bailouts:... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch and American Politicians, UAW, Labor’s Bulletin Board Win

Does Rupert Murdoch interfere with his news outlets? Does a bear, well, you know... The Los Angeles Times has an... More

A Good WSJ Scoop on AIG and Wall Street Research

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting scoop out today, reporting that AIG CEO Robert Benmosche is leaning on his... More

Audit Notes: A Triple-B Chairman for a Triple-B Company, Stadium Welfare, Euro Crisis

New York Daily News publisher and Boston Properties Chairman Mort Zuckerman takes to the op-ed pages of The Wall Street... More

Fortune Inside the Pfizer Fiasco

A deeply reported piece on a management crisis at the giant drug company

Fortune has a dandy read in this issue on an executive fiasco at Pfizer that led to the sacking of... 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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