MF Global Ad: ‘We Have Convictions’

Everyone Has Opinions We Have Convictions

by Marian Wang ProPublica, Nov. 4, 2011, 2:19 p.m. A perusal of the latest issue of Barron’s turned up the following ad for brokerage firm MF Global: (If you are having trouble seeing the image, click here [1].) Somehow the ad, published Saturday, reads a little differently now,┬áin light of recent events [2]: Though no [...]

America’s Growing Income Gap, by the Numbers

America's Growing Income Gap, by the Numbers

by Braden Goyette ProPublica The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently released a much-discussed study [1] showing that over the past three decades the income of the highest-paid Americans has soared while the income of others has grown much more modestly. Here’s a rundown of some statistics illustrating the growing income gap. But first, some context. [...]

Our Guide to the Best Coverage on Rep. Michele Bachmann and Her Record

Our Guide to the Best Coverage on Rep Michele Bachmann and Her Record

by Marian Wang ProPublica, Aug. 24, 2011, 12:21 p.m. This is the latest installment in a series of reading guides on 2012 presidential candidates. We’ve also covered Texas Gov. Rick Perry [1] and Congressman Ron Paul [2]. The basics: Though she certainly has a challenger [1] in Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann [...]

Our Guide to the Best Coverage of Ron Paul and His Record

Our Guide to the Best Coverage of Ron Paul and His Record

Three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul is consistently disregarded by the media, a point made recently by comedian Jon Stewart [2] and confirmed by a Pew Research Center [3] analysis [3]of news coverage.

Our Handy Guide to the Best Coverage on Gov. Rick Perry and His Record

Our Handy Guide to the Best Coverage on Gov Rick Perry and His Record

by Braden Goyette ProPublica, Aug. 18, 2011, 10:58 a.m. This is the first installment in a series of reading guides on 2012 presidential candidates. Rick Perry has made plenty [1] of headlines [2] since he announced his presidential bid. But with the deluge of day-to-day coverage, it’s hard to get a sense of his actual [...]

Could Unspent Stimulus Money Be Used to Fend Off a New Recession?

Could Unspent Stimulus Money Be Used to Fend Off a New Recession

The federal government still has $100 billion to $150 billion in stimulus money left to spend. That’s about as much as the Making Work Pay tax credit that gave $800 apiece to middle-class families in 2009 and 2010. And it’s twice as much as Congress gave to states to stabilize budgets and save education jobs. So, could the money be better used to counteract the fallout from the European debt crisis and Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating?

A Reading List for Following the Debt Ceiling Drama

A Reading List for Following the Debt Ceiling Drama

by Braden Goyette ProPublica, July 28, 2011, 9:45 a.m. We’re updating this reading list continuously as new stories and resources on the debt ceiling debate come out. The most recent updates are starred (*). Congress has until a week from today to raise the debt ceiling, the cap on the amount of money the Treasury [...]

What’s the Deal With News Corp’s Other, U.S.-Based, Hacking Scandal?

What's the Deal With News Corps Other US Based Hacking Scandal

by Braden Goyette ProPublica, July 22, 2011, 3:20 p.m. After testifying before the British Parliament this week, Rupert Murdoch returned to the United States to be greeted with more bad news: The Justice Department is opening up an inquiry into allegations of computer hacking [1] by News Corp’s American advertising wing, News America Marketing. The [...]