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The Audit

The “Can’t Find Workers” Meme Hits Germany

NYT & Co. channel the Chamber as a wage-hike solution goes unmentioned

If there's an oh-so-contrarian thesis that really grates right now, it's the one that businesses just can't seem to find... More

Playing Politics With Mr. Market

A WSJ columnist slaps Obama for “his” seven-week bear market two years ago

There's a long and boring history of hacks, typically on the right, blaming or crediting presidents for whatever the stock... More

Incomplete Stories on Licensing Workers

The rise of a service-based economy implies a natural rise in occupational licensing

Stephanie Simon's WSJ article on the rise of jobs needing a license of some description has resulted in a predictable... More

Bloomberg Markets Finds the Rich Taking From the Poor

Bloomberg Markets has a terrific investigation into how a federal program meant to spur redevelopment in poor areas is funneling... More

Audit Notes: A Disney Delivery, Tribes and Payday Loans, HuffPo/AOL

The New York Times reports that Disney is trying to capitalize on the massive baby market by infiltrating the hospital... More

The Huffington Post’s Tainted Money

The befuddled legacy customers of AOL fund a bubble-era premium for Arianna & Company

Say what you will about Arianna Huffington's decision to sell out to AOL—and we will below—she's no dummy. Of the... More

Bloomberg Examines Louisiana’s Laissez-Faire Oil Regulators

Spills go unpenalized 99 percent of the time and the state’s fines are a joke

Bloomberg has an excellent investigation into Louisiana's oil regulators, finding that the state fines oil companies for oil spill less... More

Audit Notes: It’s Wall Street’s Deficit, Dimon Steps In It, Red-Faced Mortgage Bankers

Simon Johnson looks at the "Ruinous Fiscal Impact of Big Banks" over at The New York Times's Economix blog: First,... More

WSJ on Harry Markopolos’ Whistleblowing Shell Companies

The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting scoop this morning on a lawsuit accusing banks of gouging pensioners and... More

Beware the WSJ’s Pay Statistics

This is getting to be a habit: today's WSJ article claiming that Wall Street pay has hit a new record... More

Audit Notes: Hacked Off Tabs, A Mirage Economy, Wall Street’s Record Pay

The New York Times has another interesting story on News Corporation and its hacking scandal, this time reporting on a... More

Leonhardt’s Good Look at the Corporate Tax Landscape

David Leonhardt gives us a nice roundup of the corporate-tax issue, which you're bound to be hearing a lot more... More

Audit Notes: Hamster Wheel Manifesto, Shorts and the Bubble, Economy Picks Up

Business Insider got hold of an AOL document laying out the company's "master plan" for its content farm. I think... More

Some Very Bad Housing Advice in The Philly Inquirer

Erin Arvedlund -- yes, that Erin Arvedlund -- has a pretty crazy column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, under the headline... More

Bloomberg News Pops the Meredith Whitney Bubble

The analyst can’t back up key 60 Minutes assertions that worsened a muni-bond panic

Bloomberg News lands some real blows on analyst Meredith Whitney in a terrific story this morning. Whitney, famously—or infamously—went on... 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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