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Follow the Money Leads On the Iowa AG

While the press follows on a campaign-cash story

The National Institute on Money in State Politics's Follow The Money site reports on how campaign donations from the financial... More

WSJ Goes Page One With Another Gold “Record”

But in real terms the price is more than a third below its peak three decades ago

It's time for another round of hyped and misleading "gold hits a record" stories. Gold closed at $1,500 for the... More

Big Companies and Jobs, Then and Now

New York's Andre Tartar has a intriguing post on the biggest American corporations and how much their employment levels have... More

Cries For Help From Wall Street

Tie our hands before we strike again

Financial Times columnist John Gapper had a good piece in New York a couple of weeks back about the psychology... More

Audit Notes: Financial Fraud and the Economy, TBTF Debts, Health Care

Mike Konczal has some good thoughts on the Levin-Coburn Report, financial fraud, and ProPublica's Pulitzer win for their Wall Street... More

Barron’s On a Deadly Russian Tax Heist

Bureaucrats and thugs laundered hundreds of millions through Credit Suisse

Bill Alpert has a must-read story in Barron's this week—a wild tale of overt Russian corruption involving a $230 million... More

Chris Christie’s Corporate Welfare

A $102 million tax break for a Japanese company to stay in New Jersey

Chris Christie is a hero to the right and something of a media darling for his willingness to slash government... More

Audit Notes: Sorkin Hits Goldman, Agape at Capes, Preemption Doctrine

Andrew Ross Sorkin gets just about as close to saying "Goldman Sachs lied to Congress" as you're going to see.... More

The Miami Herald Gets Creative on the Bum Economy

It's sometimes hard to find new angles on a story like the bum economy, which has been an ongoing story... More

That Giant Sucking Sound

WSJ: Big companies shed millions of jobs in 2000s while adding millions abroad

The Wall Street Journal has your chart of the day. It shows that U.S.-based multinational corporations added 2.4 million workers... More

Audit Notes: Pulitzer Edition

The financial crisis is now more than three years old, but up to now there had been no Pulitzer Prize... More

Newspaper Turnaround Stories

Give credit to the creditors and the courts before the CEOs

David Carr takes a look today at the fortunes of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which have stopped plummeting at least... More

Audit Notes: AP Spill, Reporting on Your Parent, Bloomberg Babies

This Associated Press story had me scratching my head. It says Citgo spilled 265,000 barrels of oil in the Delaware... More

Skimpy Coverage of Levin-Coburn Report From WSJ, NYT

McClatchy, The Huffington Post, and Bloomberg are much better

If you're looking for second-day coverage of the Levin-Coburn report in The Wall Street Journal or New York Times—as I... More

Audit Notes: HuffPo Shines, Libor Lineup, An FT Slip

I don't know about you, but the best news story I read today on the Levin-Coburn Report wasn't in the... More

The Levin-Coburn Report Coverage

The WSJ and NYT whiff on possible Goldman Sachs criminal referrals

There's all kinds of stuff to chew on in the new Levin-Coburn report, which looks like the toughest such report... More

A Damning NYT Investigation Into Justice Wall Street Style

Bankers skate as regulators and prosecutors protect financial interests above all else

The New York Times has the story of the week, a superb investigation into why there haven't been prosecutions on... More

Audit Notes: Main Street Corp., The Do-Nothing Deficit Fix, Hugh Grant

The Wall Street Journal runs a banner headline across the top of page one that says: Risk Rule Riles Main... More

Banana Republic

Alt-weekly and mainstream exposés on how the richest Americans game the tax system

David Cay Johnston has a fantastic piece out on "9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes"... More

The AP Falls For a Bogus Press Release

No excuse for that silly mistake but points for cleaning up the mess

Henry Blodget wants to know if we're going to blast the Associated Press for falling for a hoax press release... 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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