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“Uncertainty” Trotted Out in the Journal

Business code for “we may not get our way”

If there's one thing our titans of industry can't stand, it's uncertainty. We've seen that excuse trotted out over and... More

Bloomberg Markets Finds the Rich Taking From the Poor

Bloomberg Markets has a terrific investigation into how a federal program meant to spur redevelopment in poor areas is funneling... More

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Forbes’s myth of the Reagan boom

A columnist’s misleading economic history

Peter Ferrara, currently of the climate-change denying Heartland Institute and formerly of Jack Abramoff's payroll and the Reagan and Bush... More

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Fortune goes long on Amazon and taxes

How the retailer manipulated a broken government system to get an unfair advantage

I've been following the Amazon tax-avoidance story for years now, and I haven't seen it better-told than it is on... 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

The Seattle Times Takes On Hometown Amazon

A tough series on the dark side of the booming local company

Here in Seattle, Amazon is growing like crazy, adding thousands of jobs and building several skyscrapers just off downtown, something... More

WSJ Fronts Amazon’s Tax Avoidance Strategy

Color-coded maps tell employees which states are safe, bad, and neutral

It's nice to see The Wall Street Journal take a page-one look at Amazon's aggressive tax avoidance, something I've written... More

A Bloomberg Investigation Exposes Cisco’s Tax Hypocrisy

CEO pushes for a repatration holiday while working hard to move profits overseas

Cisco's billionaire CEO John Chambers has led the recent campaign to let multinationals repatriate their overseas profits to the U.S.... More

Amazon Bolts Texas’s “Unfavorable Regulatory Environment”

But there’s more to the story than we get from the AP and The Dallas Morning News

The Associated Press reports that Amazon is closing its Texas warehouse due to—and this is a direct Amazon quote—the state's... More

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Amazon takes a tax hit, finally

Reuters reports early signs that collecting sales taxes affected the company’s sales

Reuters reports that Amazon's fourth quarter results may take a hit from new laws that force it to collect sales... More

Amazon’s California Tax Battle

Fighting to delay the end of its unfair advantage

While billionaire Jeff Bezos is off crashing spaceships (or wannabe spaceships, anyway) in the West Texas desert, his company's unfair... More

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Amazon’s California tax squeeze

A WSJ follow story waters down an LAT scoop from two weeks ago

Amazon's long run of not paying collecting state and local sales taxes is coming to an end as legislatures finally... More

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Audit Notes: ‘makers and takers’ edition

Romney’s “47 percent” comment continues to reverberate

A big part of the problem with Mitt Romney's "47 percent" characterization, as I wrote yesterday, is that it uses... More

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Audit Notes: Tribune gets results, Buffett’s sweet deal, China

An investigation of the flame-retardant industry snares a doctor

The Chicago Tribune's outstanding investigation into the flame-retardant industry (a probe featured in The Audit's Best Business Writing 2013) is... More

Audit Notes: WSJ on Selling Access, Wall Street-Style; Yanked; Small Paywalls

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one story on how Wall Street gives hedge funds access to key... More

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Audit Notes: advising Obama, the leverage incentive, Jack Welch

The NYT looks at the insider/outsider roles of Anita Dunn

The New York Times had an excellent story this weekend on Anita Dunn, the Obama adviser who's got one foot... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon’s shell company, The Lens, Plain Dealer cuts

Reuters unwinds how the online retail giant avoided taxes via Luxembourg

Reuters has a nice investigation into Amazon's vigorous tax avoidance, and this time it's not about sales taxes. The wire... More

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Audit notes: Chesapeake woes, the Untaxable, Reuters on HSBC

The hits keep coming at Chesapeake Energy. Today, it's The Wall Street Journal's turn. It reports on page one that... More

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Audit notes: Commercialization, GM and Facebook, Saverin’s taxes

Conor Friedersdorf makes a nice catch on Tom Friedman's Sunday column bemoaning the commercialization of seemingly all aspects of American... More

Audit Notes: Cookbooks and News, Too Big to Fail, Paul Ryan

Ken Doctor has a good post for Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab on why news organizations need to be ramping up... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


James Fallows on David Frum’s asserted, then retracted, charge the NYT ran fake photos of Gaza

“For all their blind spots and flaws, reporters on the scene are trying to see, so they can tell, and the photographic and video reporters take greater risks than all the rest, since they must be closer to the action. For people on the other side of the world to casually assert that they’re just making things up—this could and would drive them crazy.”

The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

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