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The Audit

MoJo Muckrakes the Foreclosure Sweatshops

The old predatory lending practices now used to take from homeowners

Mother Jones has the must-read of the week: A superb investigation by Andy Kroll into one of the nation's biggest... More

Audit D.C. Notes: State Stats, Jobs Plan, Card Clues

USA Today does good work with its own state-by-state analysis of the stimulus program and the relationship between state unemployment... More

Audit Notes: KKR Tax Avoidance, Manufacturing Politics, Freelancing

Fortune's Allan Sloan has a good column this week examining how Henry Kravis of KKR and others in the private-equity... More

The Journal Is Mixed on Deutsche Bank Conflicts

The Wall Street Journal has a long page-one look at Deutsche Bank and how it played both sides of the... More

The Peterson Dilemma

A funded fellow wrestles with a funder’s influence

A story in The Fiscal Times recently caught my eye. But even before I could decide whether to write about... More

Audit Notes: Brits on America, Credit Cards and Subprime, Interchange

Edward Luce of the Financial Times on Saturday had one of the better stories I've read lately on the plight... More

WSJ Turns Over the Privacy Rock Online

An excellent investigation shows the alarming amount of info Web sites collect about you

The Wall Street Journal kicked off a series on online privacy this weekend with outstanding coverage of how the ad... More

Audit Notes: Illiquid Lehman, Drumbeat.org, Markets Rule

The blogger Economics of Contempt writes that Lehman misrepresented its liquidity in the days before it failed: It's disappointing that... More

The SEC Slaps Citi for Concealing $43 Billion in Toxic Assets

So Citigroup misleads investors in 2007 about tens of billions of dollars of subprime assets it would eventually take huge... More

WSJ Buries Wylys Story, Ignores GOP Angle

The SEC is charging the billionaire Wyly brothers with a massive fraud involving $550 million in ill-gotten gains from a... More

It’s All About Us

WaPo’s Story Lab experiment fizzles

It seemed like a questionable allocation of resources when The Washington Post dispatched seven reporters to local coffeehouses one day... More

Audit Notes: Obama, Labor Buster; BP Board’s Blame; Google Pollution

The Washington Post had a good story last week looking at the striking disparities between autoworkers who were on the... More

BP Defines Deviancy Down

The national press is slow off the mark on the huge oil spill in Michigan

The national press stuffs a big story today on a massive new oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. Size, of... More

WSJ Looks at the Overdraft Bottom Feeders

The Wall Street Journal is terrific this morning to throw the spotlight on the seedy cottage industry that feeds off... More

Audit Notes: Moody’s Market, Revolving Door, Tables Turned on Zuck

Kevin Hall of McClatchy has a great scoop on Moody's CEO's suspiciously timed stock sales. In one case, CEO Ray... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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