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The Audit

WSJ: Lever Up Your Portfolio!

All the “to be sures” in the world aren’t enough to save this one

The Wall Street Journal ought to know better than to write a big article about why "There Has Never Been... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Fraud, Deflation Threat, Starkman Win

The Financial Times reports that the FBI is preparing to drop the hammer on the mortgage fraudsters: The FBI is... More

Apple’s Controlling Instincts Censor Ulysses All Over Again

Apple continues to run amok censoring iPad/iPhone apps, now forcing changes to a graphic novel version of James Joyce's Ulysses.... More

Mixed Effort From Bloomberg on a Hedge Fund Tycoon’s Taxes

Bloomberg is good to examine how hedge-fund kingpin Eddie Lampert, No. 316 on Forbes richest in the world list, may... More

Audit Notes: TBTF, Billionaire’s Free Pass(ing), Poverty Profiteers in Paris

The Journal's David Wessel looks at the divide over what to do about too big to fail. Even mainstream economists... More

Goldman Seizes Some of the Spotlight Back from BP

Goldman Sachs must have been enjoying its month-long respite from Most Despised Capitalist status. That crown rests quite easily on... More

Audit Notes: A WSJ Winner, BPA in Canned Goods, AIG

Wouldn't it be ironic if Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thomson watered down the Journal's print Pulitzer-winning prowess but got the... More

An NYT Win on a Countrywide Mortgage Scam

The Federal Trade Commission slapped a $108 million fine on Countrywide/Bank of America earlier this week. Tough investigative business journalism... More

Deficit Dominant

In its story on the Obama administration’s apparent inability to take strong steps to spur the economy and create jobs,... More

NYT’s DealBook, Stenographer to Private Equity

The private-equity industry is issuing a "dire warning" about the consequences of raising its taxes, the NYT's DealBook reports. In... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Blues, Fool’s Gold, TBTF Primer

I think this Bloomberg story is important. But I'm not exactly sure, because it's almost unreadable. Here's one reason it... More

Audit D.C. Notes: The Disappearing Watchdog, Dinner—and Dollars—with a Staffer, Tax Help Needed

Our comrades-in-criticism at the American Journalism Review are out with an important piece about the alarming decline of watchdog reporting... More

ProPublica and WaPo on the Rotten Culture at BP

ProPublica and the Washington Post team up for an investigation today on BP's history of flaunting environmental safety regulations. Particularly... More

Audit Notes: Links, Readability, Distractions, Wired

Jason Fry weighs in on the Nicholas Carr links-as-distractions discussion, with a thoughtful post breaking down the issue. Fry says... More

Politico Sees Public Unions Under Fire

But adds to the problem it describes

Politico picks a good moment to write about the way public employee unions have landed in the crosshairs, as politicians... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

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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