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Audit Notes: Too Big to Fail Edition

Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig has a must-read op-ed in The New York Times on why too big to... More

Inured to “Trillions”

Take a step back on the Federal Reserve bailout story

The Federal Reserve is forced by Congress to reveal who it secretly bailed out with trillions of dollars in loans.... More

Reporting Anonymous Tweets

Don’t do it.

I've written before about how press standards tend to go wobbly when it comes to Apple gossip. Here's a prime... More

Bernanke’s Stimulus Call Finally Makes The WSJ

Two weeks later.

A couple of weeks ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke issued a public call for Congress and the president to... More

Audit Notes: The Federal Reserve’s Trillion-Dollar Bailout Document Dump

The Federal Reserve today released a trove of information, much of which was sought by Bloomberg's Mark Pittman lawsuit, on... More

The Overdraft Racket Continues

But reports differ on how many consumers have opted in to the fees

Back when the Federal Reserve adopted rules forcing banks to make customers opt in to overdraft "protection," it looked like... More

Audit Notes: Others on the Business Press

If you haven't read John Cassidy's piece in The New Yorker asking "What Good Is Wall Street?", get to it.... More

Yes, We Are Much Poorer Than in 2007

Michael Kinsley flubs the numbers and the argument in a Politico column

Boy, how out of touch is this Michael Kinsley column asking "Are we poorer than we used to be?" Kinsley... More

The Prosaic Mosaic Theory

The New York Times is trying to play catchup with The Wall Street Journal, which has dominated the hedge-fund investigation... More

Audit Notes: Up Next For Wikileaks: The Banks, Forbes, Gaming Google

Julian Assange is Forbes's cover boy this week. No surprise there. He just turned the diplomatic community on its head... More

Corporate Welfare Rocks!

The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek give Utah the puff treatment

The Wall Street Journal reports that government activism is good... when it benefits Big Business. It's a puff piece about... More

NYT on the Irish Mess

A private-sector crisis turned into the people’s problem by politicians.

This New York Times lede from Friday is terrific, conveying as it does the Bizarro world of the Irish bailout:... More

Big Wheel Keep on Turnin’

Hamster for the holidays from the NYT, WSJ, and Politico

Audit boss Dean Starkman wrote a CJR cover story a couple of months ago called "The Hamster Wheel," decrying journalistic... More

Audit Notes: Hypocrisy on Warren, Just… Why?, Congress’ Net Worth Soars

Former Timesman Peter S. Goodman is out of the gates fast over at The Huffington Post. He points out the... More

Quick Facts on the China Trade

You didn’t read them in Fortune

CNBC's Becky Quick tosses off a dud over at Fortune, telling us all to "Stop the Beijing bashing!" because the... More

The Ultimate Mortgage Fraud Anecdote

The Miami Herald finds a Miami woman defrauded at every turn

The Miami Herald has found the perfect anecdote for the foreclosure scandal, the mortgage crisis, and how both are two... More

Audit Notes: Countrywide, WSJ Stays Ahead on Probe, Blodget

All the biz/econobloggers are going gaga over a nugget of information buried deep in Gretchen Morgenson's column yesterday. Consider a... More

All But Ignoring the Fed’s Call for More Stimulus

Deficit-obsessed newspapers stuff Bernanke’s plea for near-term spending or tax cuts

Last week, Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman, Republican, Bush appointee, calm technocrat, called for more fiscal stimulus (government spending and/or... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Scoop, SAC’s Golf Guy, Two Old Guys Flailing

The Wall Street Journal has a big scoop out this evening, reporting that the federal government is winding up a... More

Unemployment Benefits as Search Engine Bait

Readers want to know about this issue. Many of them need to know

When I think of SEO (search engine optimization), silly slide shows and headlines about Lindsey Lohan come to mind. But... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

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