Thursday, July 31, 2014. Last Update: Thu 3:20 PM EST

The Audit

Audit Notes: Social Security and Ponzi, Regulation, Hamster Wheel

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler has a nice rebuttal to Rick Perry's false claim in last night's Republican debate... More

FHFA Suits Try to Hold Individual Execs Accountable

Jonathan Stempel of Reuters points out something that the press has all but ignored about the Federal Housing Finance Agency's... More

Audit Notes: Detroit Foreclosures, Soros on the Euro Crisis, NYT on Stimulus

The Detroit News reports that some homeowners in the city are letting their houses go into foreclosure over unpaid tax... More

A Heavy Blow to The Wall Street Journal

An editor’s departure is a big deal

Anyone who thinks the departure of Alix M. Freedman, the WSJ’s Page One editor, a twenty-seven-year Journal mainstay, and winner... More

American Banker Shows DOJ Sat On a Bank-Kickback Scandal

HUD says big banks got $6 billion, but the attorney general does nothing

American Banker has really been doing some superb stuff lately. Jeff Horwitz has a big scoop in today's paper, reporting... More

Ham-fisted Racism at Fox Sports

So Fox Sports hired a comedian to go to the USC campus and make fun of "All American" Asian students... More

Amazon’s California Tax Battle

Fighting to delay the end of its unfair advantage

While billionaire Jeff Bezos is off crashing spaceships (or wannabe spaceships, anyway) in the West Texas desert, his company's unfair... More

Audit Notes: FHFA Suits, Corporate Taxes, SEC Out of Step

I've just skimmed through some of the Federal Housing Finance Agency's huge lawsuits against seventeen big banks, but it was... More

Fannie’s Regulator Isn’t Playing Obama Team Ball

Suing the banks rather than protecting them

The New York Times scoop that Fannie and Freddie's regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is suing the big banks... More

The Wall Street Journal and the Waffle House

The Wall Street Journal has a terrific ahed today on the Waffle House and how the company goes all out... More

The Foreclosure Scandal Continues (UPDATED)

American Banker and Reuters show banks thumbing their nose at the law

It's clear that the banks aren't much chastened by the foreclosure scandal that erupted last fall and which threatens to... More

Audit Notes: Bank Consolidation, The Depression, Stuart Kuttner

Steven Pearlstein comes out against the Capital One/ING merger, which would turn it into the country's fifth biggest bank, with... More

AT&T’s Hubris

The Justice Department is suing to stop AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, which would have consolidated three-quarters of cellphone-plan market... More

Audit Notes: Boyd on Blackboard, Capitalism Lite, BofA Woes

There aren't a whole lot of investigative journalists out there covering penny stocks and other small-cap companies. Roddy Boyd does,... More

WSJ Shoe Leather and Privacy Series Pays Off In Libya

The Wall Street Journal gets a big scoop today on the ground in Libya, reporting that Western companies helped Qaddafi... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

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

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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