Matt Taibbi

As Rolling Stone’s chief political reporter, Matt Taibbi's predecessors include the likes of journalistic giants Hunter S. Thompson and P.J. O'Rourke. Taibbi's 2004 campaign journal Spanking the Donkey cemented his status as an incisive, irreverent, zero-bullshit reporter. His books include Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History, The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion, Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire.

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 2:23pm
Bailout Architect Runs For California Governor; World Laughs
I want to apologize for this space being blank for quite some time. I actually spent the bulk of the last two days on a long blog post about the "Dr. V." story in Grantland . But then I got all the way to the end, and realized I was completely wrong about the entire thing.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 8:18am
Obama's New Education Proposal: Change, or Changed Subject?
It's been a strange week in the history of Barack Obama's presidency.
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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:58am
Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal
On May 31st, president Barack Obama strolled into the bright sunlight of the Rose Garden, covered from head to toe in the slime and ooze of the Benghazi and IRS scandals. In a Karl Rove-ian masterstroke, he simply pretended they weren't there and changed the subject.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 4:46pm
Hey, MSM: All Journalism is Advocacy Journalism
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 8:28am
Deja Vu on the Hill: Wall Street Lobbyists Roll Back Finance Reform, Again
It's becoming an annual tradition: Spring rolls around, and while nobody is looking, Wall Street quietly lays siege to Washington and reaches a hand out to yank the last remaining teeth out of the government's financial regulatory head.
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Friday, April 26, 2013 - 1:15pm
Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game.
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Friday, March 15, 2013 - 7:55am
Will J.P. Morgan Chase Be Torn a New One?
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, I'm going to be live-blogging a hearing held by Senator Carl Levin's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations – the best crew of high-end detectives this side of The Wire, in my opinion – who will be grilling J.P. Morgan Chase executives and high-ranking federal regulators in a get-together entitled, "J.P.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 1:07pm
Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail
The deal was announced quietly, just before the holidays, almost like the government was hoping people were too busy hanging stockings by the fireplace to notice. Flooring politicians, lawyers and investigators all over the world, the U.S. Justice Department granted a total walk to executives of the British-based bank HSBC for the largest drug-and-terrorism money-laundering case ever.
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Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:27am
Choice of Mary Jo White to Head SEC Puts Fox In Charge of Hen House
I was shocked when I heard that Mary Jo White, a former U.S. Attorney and a partner for the white-shoe Wall Street defense firm Debevoise and Plimpton, had been named the new head of the SEC.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 2:54pm
Conservatives Have Their Worst Week Ever
Have Republicans, and the right wing in general, ever been more disjointed? More confused? More incapable of getting out of their own way?
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