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Inflating the regulatory state

TSA and border security account for almost all the increase in regulatory staff since 1980

A Bloomberg News story last week on how the folks who oversee the regulators are overmatched these days raises a... More

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Audit Notes: Insufferable in Aspen, Libor, Amazon Marketplace

Ending universal suffrage intrigues a CNBCer

CNBC's John Carney finally heard an idea that intrigued him at the Aspen Ideas Festival: Ending universal suffrage: His argument... More

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News Corp.’s digital divergence

While print media converges on TV news

There’s no secret why Rupert Murdoch is breaking News Corp into two pieces. Amy Chozick explains: News Corporation had evolved... More

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Audit Notes: Euro dissolution risk, Reuters tailed, Exxon and the press

Simon Johnson, who has warned loudly for years about the critical danger posed by too-big-to-fail banks, as well as their... More

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The Libor lie unravels

A big win for the business press

Way back in September 2007, the Financial Times's Gillian Tett started raising questions about the benchmark London Interbank Offered Rate—Libor—a... More

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Audit Notes: News Corp. split edition

More on the implications of Murdoch’s move

The Financial Times's John Gapper has the best take on what Rupert Murdoch's bustup of News Corporation means: Some US... More

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News Corp. ponders a split

Easing but not erasing the Murdoch discount

Shareholders have been carping for years that Rupert Murdoch should get rid of his newspapers and focus on the real... More

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Audit Notes: Gannett profits, Spiegel grilling, private equity

At least Gannett is optimistic about the next few years, The Wall Street Journal reports (emphasis mine): Gannett, publisher of... More

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Bernanke goes mostly unheard on spending (UPDATED)

The press continues its spotty coverage of Fed’s fiscal views

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, yet again, publicly called for spending (ADDING: deficit spending, I should say. Bernanke has talked... More

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The WSJ bakes a bogus trend

And ABC copies its grocery-store wedding cake story

The Wall Street Journal has noticed that some people outside midtown Manhattan buy their wedding cakes from grocery stores: Now... More

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Audit Notes: NYT CEO search, Private Prisons, Morozov

Sulzberger looks for a boss with tech experience

Bloomberg News has new details on The New York Times Company's search for a CEO, which includes "aspirational" folks like... More

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Bloomberg blows the whistle on the IRS

The agency hamstrings a program designed to bring in tips on tax evasion

Bloomberg News has an eye-opening investigation into what we now know is the failed IRS Whistleblowers Program. That program is... More

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Audit Notes: Smart Money, NYT CEO, sushi chefs and nola.com

Dow Jones lays off staff and goes all-digital with its personal-finance magazine

Dow Jones is shutting down Smart Money magazine, laying off most of the staff and going to a digital-only format... More

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Audit Radio: Cleveland edition

Dean Starkman joins a panel of Ohio journalists on the future of newspapers

Audit Chief Dean Starkman talked about the future of newspapers on Cleveland's NPR affiliate WCRN this morning. "Sound of Ideas"... More

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Audit Notes: The U-6ers, Jamie’s corporate welfare, The Guardian’s future

The NYT looks at those with not enough work

I like this Michael Cooper piece in The New York Times on the folks who don't show up in the... 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

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

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

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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