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SIGTARP Barofsky Skewers Treasury’s TARP Defense

Today's must-read comes from Neil Barofsky, the TARP's special inspector general, in a New York Times op-ed. He guts the... More

Audit Notes: Banks Mislead, The South and Unions, Shareholder Capitalism

Adam Levitin of Georgetown Law and Credit Slips calls out the banking lobby for an "incredibly dishonest" attempt to mislead... More

The WSJ Is Excellent On Bad Doctors

Using a Medicare database to find outlying surgeons

The Wall Street Journal has been mining a massive Medicare database for an investigative series on Medicare—particularly its costs and... More

NYT Follows Walmart’s Weird OSHA Fight

The New York Times reported this weekend that a judge upheld $7,000 fine OSHA levied against Walmart for the trampling... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Industry Conflicts of Interest Edition

American Banker has a smart story on "How Not to Make a Mortgage Servicing Settlement," taking a look at the... More

NYT Is Superb On General Electric’s Tax Avoidance

Plus, David Kocieniewski continues his Charlie Rangel exposés

(UPDATE: See my follow-up post on GE's poor PR response to the Times's story) The New York Times unloads a... More

Audit Notes: Sunday Papers, Weymouth’s Payday, Ayn Rand

Ken Doctor has some interesting thoughts at the Nieman Journalism Lab on why The New York Times's paywall pricing steers... More

Better to Be Skeptical Than Sanguine About Soaring Tech Valuations (UPDATED)

Henry Blodget's Business Insider runs a column today from a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist arguing that there's no new... More

Harsh Justice for a Wall Street Thief

A thief who stole from Wall Street, of course

David Weidner has an excellent column on the unfortunate case of Sergey Aleynikov, better known as the guy who stole... More

Audit Notes: Ma Bell II—Duopoly Edition

The Financial Times's John Gapper has an excellent column on why the AT&T's proposed deal for T-Mobile should be shot... More

Some Questions on the Debit-Reform Story

It strikes me that this Wall Street Journal story on the banks' "strange bedfellows" opposing debit-card rules probably should have... More

WSJ: Federal Regulator Bares Fangs At Wall Street

The Wall Street Journal has a reports this morning that federal regulators are playing smashmouth with Wall Street over their... More

Audit Notes: The Fed and Labor, Revolving Door Watch, Bank Dividends

Mike Konczal, aka Rortybomb, has a very interesting post asking questions about the impact of Federal Reserve policies have had... More

AT&T’s Cellphone Industry Rollup Gets Second-Day Scrutiny

The business press continues to be skeptical in its second-day coverage of AT&T's $39 billion deal for T-Mobile. That's a... More

Good Consolidation Coverage for a Change on AT&T Deal

The business press is skeptical of creating a duopoly in cell phone service

Fortune's Seth Weintraub pulls a four-year-old Stephen Colbert clip that's as good a place as any to kick off a... More

Supremes Rule for Bloomberg Over the Banks

A big press win as Mark Pittman’s lawsuit pries bailout records from the Federal Reserve

Chalk one up for the people's right to know over the bank arm of the government's right to spend our... More

The New York Times Paywall Looks Good

Leaky enough to preserve traffic and ads, but strong enough to add incremental revenue

The New York Times paywall is here, and it's about time. Don't ask me why it took so long and... More

The Journal Shines a Light on Modern Debtors’ Prisons

The paper finds creditors, including folks like AIG, getting thousands thrown in jail

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story today reporting on the country's modern-day debtors' prisons, which I'd thought were... More

The Libor Lag

Why are investigators only now looking into things that happened three and four years ago?

The business papers all report news that the Department of Justice, SEC, and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (and apparently other... More

Gingrich’s Disingenuous Journal Op-Ed

Misleading on Obama, the Bush tax cuts, and the economy

Newt Gingrich is no doubt a smart man. So he surely knows better than to write what he and his... 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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