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The Audit

Audit Notes: Payment Protection, Greek Austerity, Inflation Bugaboo

American Banker's Victoria Finkle and Jeff Horwitz report on the credit card industry's payment-protection racket and note that the Consumer... More

NYT: Criminal Charges in the Foreclosure Scandal

Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times reports this morning on new criminal charges against robosigning company DocX and its... More

Audit Notes: Regressive Taxes, Another Task Force, Keller on Copyright

Kevin Drum looks at how regressive taxes are at the state and local level, an issue that doesn't get nearly... More

Bad Math From the WSJ Opinion Pages

Brad DeLong catches The Wall Street Journal editorial page in some hilariously bad math. Here's Stephen Moore: Federal workers on... More

Elizabeth Spiers and the Reinvented New York Observer

There are three main reasons that I like entering into bets with people. The first is, simply, that it’s fun.... More

Audit Notes: Minimum Wage and the Recession, Facebook’s Numbers, Most Powerless

The Wall Street Journal runs an editorial today criticizing Mitt Romney for his support for increasing the minimum wage and... More

NYT With More on the SEC’s Soft Touch With Big Banks

The New York Times has an excellent investigation today that shows in a new light how the SEC lets Wall... More

NYT Paywall Datapoints of the Day

Ken Doctor has a very smart and interesting take on the news that the NYT now has 390,000 paying digital... More

Audit Notes: CDO Charges, Facebook’s Board, Deficits

Sure enough, the Justice Department charged former Credit Suisse CDO executive Kareem Serageldin with fraud for allegedly artificially inflating CDO... More

The WSJ’s Sony Story Is a Page-One Dud

News that Sony's board has picked a new CEO gets page-one play in The Wall Street Journal, apparently because Kazuo... More

The Old-School Value of Facebook

The New York Times's curtain-raiser on the Facebook IPO this morning asks, "Personal Data’s Value? Facebook Is Set to Find... More

Audit Notes: Finally, Fraud Charges; Gee Whiz Wired; Freddie

The Wall Street Journal reports, and as far as I can tell, scoops that the Justice Department is preparing to... More

Bloomberg’s Big Miss in Silicon Valley Hiring Story

An analysis forgets mergers and acquisitions

Bloomberg News reports on the hiring spree in Silicon Valley, possible evidence of "Web Bubble 2.0." But it makes some... More

Audit Notes: Data Pool 3, The UK Prints, Copyright

Scotland Yard arrested four top current and former Sun journalists and a cop. The Guardian's Nick Davies gives us the... More

ProPublica and NPR on Freddie Mac’s Conflicts

Why haven't Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae been much more aggressive about refinancing the mortgages they hold? That's a $50... 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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