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Today in Let Them Eat Cake

The Times and the Journal on what the out-of-touch super-rich are up to

What critically important new trends are sweeping the overclass now in our angry, unemployed, bankrupt, two-war country? The New York... More

The Too-Modest Times

A super investigation results in unheard-of fraud charges against the state of New Jersey

Sometimes newspapers are just too modest. Like The New York Times today. The SEC sued New Jersey for fraud for... More

Audit Notes: Unemployment and Suicide, China Trade, Greece Simmers

Annie Lowrey has a must-read story in The Washington Independent on unemployment and suicide. She digs up some stories of... More

A Paper-Thin FT Page-One Story on Outsourcing

Rarely will you see a front page story as thin as this one, and if you do it will probably... More

Murrow, Cronkite, Slideshows

CBS News’s embarrassing trove of online click-getters

Ahh, CBS News. Illustrious home of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Daniel Schorr, George Polk, Eric Sevareid. The Tiffany Network.... More

Blame the Borrowers, Part 1,429

Is it Breakingviews or Bankingviews?

Reuters Breakingviews would like you to know that crazed borrowers are responsible for the housing crisis—or at least a good... More

I Know It’s August, But…

Did The Wall Street Journal really need to go six columns with a picture of the Colombia plane crash that... More

Audit Notes: What If?, Middle Class Struggles, LAT on Teachers

Barry Ritholtz has a smart post up about the what-ifs of the bailouts. As he points out, the question is... More

The Fed’s Bubble Brains

False equivalence on the housing crash prognosticators

The Financial Times's Alphaville and Reuters's Felix Salmon take down both sides of a Boston Federal Reserve paper finding that... More

Sell That to the Judge

Another SEC settlement is slapped back

Last month the SEC slapped Citigroup on the hand for misleading its shareholders—and everyone else—in 2007 about its subprime exposure.... More

Audit Notes: Deleveraging, Schwarzman Serves Up a Softball, PE

Bloomberg has some excellent coverage of the bond market, reporting that despite the flood of U.S. government borrowing, overall bond... More

Google as Big Brother

A Journal op-ed interview finds Eric Schmidt embracing the role

Google's Eric Schmidt just can't keep his foot out of his mouth. The guy has a proclivity for giving Big... More

Audit Notes: All-L.A. Times Edition

The Los Angeles Times takes a look at OneUnited Bank, which Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters helped get bailout money and... More

What Is the Social Security Trust Fund, Exactly?

I have to confess that I've never understood the Social Security trust fund, and I suspect that you don't either.... More

The C-Word

A bleak outlook from a WSJ columnist

One of the business press's institutional biases is the bullish. It sells magazines, provides happy newshole for advertiser to pitch... More

Audit Notes: Tom Frank Exits, Ayn Rand, Illegal Immigrants, Rubin

Thomas Frank is the sole liberal on the Wall Street Journal's editorial pages, and one of the few liberal columnists—perhaps... More

The WSJ Goes Overboard on the HP Sex Scandal

Could you be any less interested in the Hewlett-Packard scandal? The Wall Street Journal doesn't think so. It's still throwing... More

The Crystal Ball for Chris Dodd

Will it be a big bank, a hedge fund, or a lobbying gig?

Ever since Chris Dodd announced his retirement from the Senate in January, my question has been: Which part of the... More

Audit Notes: Overdraft Profiteering, Why the Complacency, ExecuLie Detector

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge has slammed too-big-to-fail bank Wells Fargo for "gouging and profiteering" via overdrafts.... More

WSJ Privacy Series Raises Questions on Google’s Power

The bedrock principles of the Googleplex were built on sand, after all

A lot of times you see these multipart newspaper series bring diminishing returns after the first day or two. Not... More

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

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


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.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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