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The AP on Student Loan Hell

A 2005 law traps borrowers in private debt

The Associated Press takes a good look at how a 2005 law traps borrowers in private student loans—upending the whole... More

Audit Notes: Davies on Murdoch, Banks Eye the Poor for Fees, TARP ROI

Nick Davies writes in The Guardian that, after a second day of questioning under oath, "Rupert Murdoch is in trouble...... More

Bloomberg on Cherry-Picking Executive “Peers” to Inflate Pay

Bloomberg News has a good piece on how companies inflate CEO pay by comparing them to "peers" that are out... More

Audit Notes: The ER Boiler Room, Jeremy Hunt, UK Austerity Fails

Jessica Silver-Greenberg has an alarming page-one story in The New York Times on how hospitals are letting in third-party debt... More

The Journal Misses on Ebooks and Antitrust

It's usually wise to read an "experts say" story a little more skeptically than you normally would. That's the case... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch Minister Edition

The Murdoch scandal heated (hotted?) up yet again today with James Murdoch's testimony to the Leveson Inquiry, and it now... More

60 Minutes Revisits Lehman, Valukas, and Repo 105

Remember the Valukas Report? That court-appointed bankruptcy examiner's investigation into the collapse of Lehman Brothers found a number of colorable... More

Audit Notes: Blame the Lenders, Government Scandals, Corrections

Abigail Caplovitz Field at Firedoglake writes a good post explaining why the blame-the-borrowers meme is ultimately misguided—and dangerous: Houses are... More

The Times’s Extraordinary Wal-Mart Investigation

David Barstow's epic Wal-Mart investigation in the Sunday New York Times has already lopped $10 billion off the company's market... More

Audit Notes: The Pentagon’s Privatized Propaganda, Chesapeake, Inequality

This story is just amazing: A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to... More

The NYT Goes Backward on Digital Ads

The New York Times Company's first quarter earnings, reported yesterday, left a lot to be desired. About.com, the company's web-only... More

Audit Notes: Luskin and Krugman, Bailouts, Minimum Wage,

Brad DeLong catches Donald Luskin in a doozy. Luskin calls out Paul Krugman for saying in 2000 that the Dow... More

Excellent Reuters Probe Uncovers a CEO’s Billion-Dollar Loans

Reuters has a fantastic piece of enterprise reporting on natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy, reporting on serious conflicts of interest... More

Audit TV: Dean Starkman at the Narrative Arc Conference

Take a look at Audit Chief Dean Starkman's speech last month to the Narrative Arc conference at Boston University. Dean's... More

Audit Notes: Bank Run, Silicon Valley Small-ball, Anti-Free

Michael Lewis, who says he sympathizes with the Occupy Wall Street movement, interviews himself on what he would do if... More

The Tea Party is timeless - Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story - Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

Do you know Elise Andrew? - The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

Goodbye and good luck to all of us - Dean Starkman on leaving CJR

When quitting goes viral - Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience


Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

What would it take to send a cow to the moon? (Modern Farmer)

“We posed this question to NASA. They said they were too busy to answer.”

English gardeners deal with snail scourges by tossing them into their neighbors’ yards (WSJ)

“Ms. Vickers admits that her snail-throwing habit is ‘very naughty’”

Bloggingheads

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

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