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The Audit

McClatchy Takes on the SEC’s “Too Big to Punish”

McClatchy continues its fine recent watchdog work with a package looking at the SEC's slap-on-the-wrist regime. It's a smart new... More

The UK Windfall-Tax Bombshell’s Second Day

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times go A1 with second-day(ish) stories on Britain's bold bid to slap a... More

Wednesday Links: Lost Docs, No-Bid Bonds, Ex-Im

ProPublica pushes back against the idea, furthered by a recent New York Times column, that the administration's loan-modification program is... More

The FT’s Wolf Highlights the Chinese Problem

The Financial Times's Martin Wolf zeroes in on one of the critical economic problems that led to the credit crisis... More

The UK Windfall-Taxes Its Bankers

The big news of the day, by our lights, comes from across the pond, where British regulators continue to outclass... More

Tuesday Links: Pay Matters, Tablet Econ, Windfall Tax, TBTF

This is a must-read Financial Times column from a few days ago on why compensation really is an important issue... More

Reuters Overpromises, Underdelivers on New “Crisis”

Here's a Reuters story that could desperately use some of that long-form, enterprise reporting the wire service says it's going... More

The Times Gets Tough on the Credit Raters

The New York Times takes an excellent and necessary look at the Big Three credit-rating firms—critically important enablers of the... More

Monday Links: What About JP?, BB BW, McLean on Goldman

Bloomberg's David Reilly writes a good column pointing out that while Goldman Sachs is getting all the flak right now,... More

WSJ Unbalanced on Business and Carbon

The Wall Street Journal goes A1 with a "you don't say!" story saying Big Business is mad about the EPA... More

“He Could See Over”

A pal remembers Mark Pittman

This is a eulogy for Mark Pittman, a Loeb-award-winning Bloomberg reporter who died on Thanksgiving, given by his friend and... More

WSJ Warns That Systemic Risks Remain

The Wall Street Journal has a good column this morning warning pretty starkly about the huge risks that are still... More

Friday Links: More Enterprise, Citi TARP, Snake Oil Salesmen

Good news in the news business (really!). Reuters tells PaidContent it's committing more resources to longer-form enterprise reporting as part... More

Reuters Scoop: FBI Eyes on SAC Capital

Reuters has the humdinger story of the day. What's mostly a profile of FBI agent B.J. Kang breaks quite a... More

Bloomberg Covers Yet Another Swap Flop

A Bloomberg story this morning points (me, anyway,) to a simple conclusion: state and local governments need to stay away... 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


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

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”

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