500 items by Matt Taibbi

  • A Field Guide to Sports Egos

    A Field Guide to Sports Egos | BLOG ENTRY

    When you have agents and hangers-on handing you money and naked women and Escalades from the age of 14 on, it's bound to swell your head. Some athletes just get a worse case of it than others. via...

    March 4, 2010 9:36 AM ET
  • A Way Out for Obama

    A Way Out for Obama | ARTICLE

    In the end, here's what the history of this attempt to reform health care comes down to: Barack Obama did everything wrong. Instead of using his vast post-electoral capital with the public to push for real reform...

    March 3, 2010 5:24 PM ET
  • Santelli on Predatory Lending: "You can't cheat an honest man"

    Santelli on Predatory Lending: "You can't cheat an honest man" | BLOG ENTRY

    Look at about the 5-minute mark of this video — Janet Tavakoli debating Rick Santelli about predatory lending. You basically have a whole panel of CNBC goons pooh-poohing the idea that predatory lending took place, setting...

    March 3, 2010 3:04 PM ET
  • Dems Get Religion on Health Care Antitrust Exemption

    Dems Get Religion on Health Care Antitrust Exemption | BLOG ENTRY

    MY health insurer here in California is Anthem Blue Cross. So far, my group policy hasn't been affected by Anthem's planned rate increase of as much as 39 percent for its customers with individual policies — but...

    February 24, 2010 11:20 AM ET
  • AP: Russians Still Sucking on ?Miracle on Ice?

    AP: Russians Still Sucking on ?Miracle on Ice? | BLOG ENTRY

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) ? They are gathering again at a Winter Olympics, now aging cold warriors. Thirty years ago, they played a game that has been called the greatest upset in Olympic history, a David-vs.-Goliath tale, a...

    February 23, 2010 4:46 PM ET
  • Re: The Mark Twain House Event

    Re: The Mark Twain House Event | BLOG ENTRY

    Saturday, March 13, 2010 7:30 p.m. A Pen Warmed Up in Hell: Matt Taibbi and Charles P. Pierce : Rolling Stone political columnist Matt Taibbi and author Charles P. Pierce (Idiot America), fresh from The Daily...

    February 23, 2010 4:13 PM ET
  • On the Bailout Hustle

    On the Bailout Hustle | BLOG ENTRY

    So my new article in Rolling Stone, "Wall Street's Bailout Hustle," is up and online. The piece was a lot of fun to write mainly because I got to learn a lot about con men I never...

    February 22, 2010 11:59 AM ET
  • Wall Street's Bailout Hustle

    Wall Street's Bailout Hustle | ARTICLE

    On January 21st, Lloyd Blankfein left a peculiar voicemail message on the work phones of his employees at Goldman Sachs. Fast becoming America's pre-eminent Marvel Comics supervillain, the CEO used the call to deploy his secret...

    February 17, 2010 5:43 PM ET
  • Feeling low

    Feeling low | BLOG ENTRY

    Sorry for the lack of posts; I've been really sick for days. I hope to be back at it soon. What are you reading these days? And, are there issues I should be checking out? Let me know in...

    February 17, 2010 11:57 AM ET
  • Tony Mazz's Sox Math

    Tony Mazz's Sox Math | BLOG ENTRY

    Of course, we thought the same thing when Bay came up for discussion. As it turned out, the Sox dug in their heels on protective language in the event Bay had any injuries to his knees, a...

    February 12, 2010 10:21 AM ET
  • Michael Lewis: Wall St. Is Done

    Michael Lewis: Wall St. Is Done | BLOG ENTRY

    To this day, the willingness of a Wall Street investment bank to pay me hundreds of thousands of dollars to dispense investment advice to grownups remains a mystery to me. I was 24 years old, with no...

    February 11, 2010 11:31 AM ET
  • Another Wall Street Retread Rehired

    Another Wall Street Retread Rehired | BLOG ENTRY

    NEW YORK (AP) — John Thain is getting a second chance. CIT Group Inc. tapped the former Merrill Lynch CEO to become its chairman and chief executive. Thain brokered Merrill's sale to Bank of America as the credit crisis...

    February 8, 2010 10:41 AM ET
  • The Committee of Banned Words

    The Committee of Banned Words | BLOG ENTRY

    Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Emanuel, exasperated upon learning that liberal special-interest groups were planning to run ads against conservative Democrats not supportive of health care reform, blasted the plan as "f—— retarded" over...

    February 3, 2010 9:50 AM ET
  • We, the Tea Partiers

    We, the Tea Partiers | BLOG ENTRY

    We protest against a heavy-fisted form of government that seeks to further regulate private enterprise and hinder future profits (i.e., banking and energy industries…). via We, the Tea Partiers – The York Daily Record. The writer goes on...

    February 2, 2010 9:23 AM ET
  • Republicans on Government Cheese

    Republicans on Government Cheese | BLOG ENTRY

    On balance, Brown described himself as a "fiscal conservative" and a social moderate — talking about how his mother was "on welfare for a time" and what it was like "getting the blocks of cheese and worrying...

    February 1, 2010 11:42 AM ET
  • Populism: Just Like Racism!

    Populism: Just Like Racism! | BLOG ENTRY

    It's easy to see why politicians would be drawn to the populist pose. First, it makes everything so simple. The economic crisis was caused by a complex web of factors, including global imbalances caused by the rise...

    January 27, 2010 3:21 PM ET
  • On Chicago's Parking Meters

    On Chicago's Parking Meters | BLOG ENTRY

    Mayor Richard Daley is pitching the idea of one get-out-of-a-ticket-free card per year for drivers who slightly overstay their welcome at Chicago parking meters. If aldermen go along, drivers would be able to successfully fight one ticket per...

    January 26, 2010 9:21 AM ET
  • Ankiel Signs With Royals

    Ankiel Signs With Royals | BLOG ENTRY

    Ankiel will try to rebuild value in Kansas City after slipping to a .231/.285/.387 line for the Cardinals in 2009. The 30-year-old's maladies included a sore Achilles tendon, a deep shoulder bruise, and a groin strain....

    January 22, 2010 10:22 AM ET
  • Obama shifts power away from Geithner

    Obama shifts power away from Geithner | BLOG ENTRY

    Senior administration officials say there is now broad consensus within the White House and the Treasury for the plan advanced by Volcker, who leads an outside economic advisory group for the president. At its heart, Volcker's plan...

    January 22, 2010 10:06 AM ET
  • Brown a Repudiation of Insufficiently "Moderate" Obama

    Brown a Repudiation of Insufficiently "Moderate" Obama | BLOG ENTRY

    Turns out that independent voters, a majority of the Bay State electorate and a crucial ingredient in Obama's historic presidential win 14 months ago, abandoned him in droves. As in last November's Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial...

    January 20, 2010 10:59 AM ET