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The Daily Show Gets Jim Cramer Again (and Bernie Goldberg)

But they’re not alone in their credulity on former baseball-star Lenny Dykstra

If you haven't seen Jon Stewart's evisceration of former-baseball-star-turned-investment-guru-turned-bankrupt Lenny Dykstra, as well as some of his fawning admirers in... More

Ugly Numbers on Toxic-Asset Prices Signal More Trouble

I've long called for more reporting on a critical question in the financial crisis: how much the toxic assets clogging... More

NYT’s Ben Stein Hawks Misleading Credit Score Site

Felix Salmon is right: What's a New York Times business columnist doing in an ad for a company that uses... More

Fortune Looks at Automated Trading After a Code Theft

It's been a week and a half since news broke of the computer-code theft at Goldman Sachs threw the automated-trading... More

Goldman Sachs to the Forefront

Rolling Stone, a computer-code theft, and boffo profits focus attention on the bank

The Goldman Sachs story is just getting bigger, and I get the sense it may be AIG time for Goldie.... More

Bloomberg Gets a Scoop on a Too Big to Fail Tax

Bloomberg reports today that the Obama administration—or at least parts of it—are planning to levy fees on giant financial institutions... More

The Times on the Real Unemployment Crisis

The New York Times David Leonhardt this morning shines a spotlight on the real conditions in the labor markets—ones that... More

Audit Interview: James L. Bothwell

The author of a definitive ‘94 GAO derivatives report talks about industry pushback and financial-press complacency

A few months back, The Audit's Elinore Longobardi took a a long look at how the press failed in its... More

Time Gets the Stimulus Wrong

I wrote yesterday that The Wall Street Journal had been too accommodating of White House spin on stimulus spending. Today,... More

Obama Spins New Stimulus Spending Line into the WSJ

The Journal this morning regurgitates some abject spin from the White House on the economy. It's clearly part of a... More

Journal: Option ARMs Doing Worse than Subprime

The Journal has an interesting little news story this morning on option adjustable-rate mortgages, reporting that these time bombs now... More

Bloomberg’s Weil Asks the Right Questions on Goldman

Jonathan Weil zeroes in on the incredible statement by the prosecutor in the Goldman Sachs code-theft case that if Goldman's... More

Slate Takes on the Prosperity Gospel Peddlers

Slate is good to take a fresh look, in the second year of the financial crisis, at the "Prosperity Gospel,"... More

NYT’s Norris Lets Beazer and Justice Have It

Floyd Norris has a tough column this morning on Beazer Homes and the government letting it off the hook for... More

CNBC’s Santelli and the $1,300 YOU Can Get Rich Trading! Seminar

Probably not a good idea

I had to do a double-take when I saw CNBC's Rick Santelli on a Web site hawking a $1,300 "how... More

USA Today Hits the Overdraft Racket Hard

USA Today has a superb story this morning that latches onto the overdraft-charges story and takes it into new territory.... More

Guardian’s Big Scoop on Scandal at News Corp. Tab

The story raises serious questions for the CEO of WSJ parent Dow Jones

The Guardian unloaded a big-time scoop today that News Corp. paid more than $1.6 million to settle phone-hacking cases by... More

Reuters: Bureaucrats Fighting Consumer Agency to Protect Turf

Getting a Consumer Financial Protection Agency passed is going to be hard enough, given how the still-extremely-powerful banking industry has... More

The LA Times’s Incomplete Swipe at Credit Cards

The LA Times columnist David Lazarus reports this morning that credit-card companies are doing an "end run" around impending regulation... More

A Code Theft at Goldman Is a Tantalizing Story

Reuters' Matthew Goldstein broke a fascinating story on Sunday, reporting that a Goldman Sachs computer programmer stole at least part... More

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists

Or SF’s housing crisis explained

Jill Abramson on tattoos, Anita Hill, Nate Silver

“I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party”

Bend it, charge it, dunk it

Graphene, the material of tomorrow

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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