Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi is Rolling Stone’s chief political reporter. His 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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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Hank Greenberg Should Be Shot into Space For Suing the Government over the AIG Bailout
A lot of people are wondering what to think about the news that the board of AIG is considering joining the lawsuit filed by former AIG head Maurice "Hank" Greenberg against the Fed and the U.S.
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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Secrets and Lies of the Wall Street Bailout
It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation -esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you'd think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we've been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit.
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Sunday, December 09, 2012
Jim DeMint: The Fireman Ed of Politics
The fiscal cliff story is a hard one to care about – it feels like a continuation of the presidential election season, in which red and blue pundits screamed at each other and traded insults while the country moved inexorably toward a moment of profound non-catharsis. That story was a bummer and this one is, too. If karma has a stake in this narrative, both Democrats and Republicans should brace for the worst-case scenario, for when it comes to politics within the Beltway, it's beginning to feel like nobody deserves to lose more than Everybody.
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Thursday, December 06, 2012
Another Goldman Sachs Creature Given Vital Government Post
Big news yesterday in the United Kingdom, where the citizenry surveyed its domestic banking system and discovered that it couldn't find a single person trustworthy enough to put in the top job at the Bank of England.
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Friday, November 09, 2012
Hey, Rush Limbaugh: 'Starting an Abortion Industry' Won't Win You Female Voters
Like a lot of people, I listened to Rush Limbaugh the day after the election. Pure Schadenfreude , I admit it; I just wanted to hear the reaction. I searched the right-wing media landscape far and wide and tried to find even a hint of self-examination, self-criticism, and I didn't find much. Then again, they didn't lose the presidential vote by much, so they didn't take the election result as a total repudiation of their belief system, as they probably shouldn't have, anyway.
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Thursday, November 01, 2012
Hurricane Sandy and the Myth of the Big Government-vs.-Small-Government Debate
Quite a shock the other day to look out my window in Jersey City, and see the Hudson River rushing over what used to be the street in front of my building.
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Friday, October 26, 2012
On Obama and 'Too Big To Fail' Banks: A Brief Response
The new issue of Rolling Stone features an in-depth interview with President Obama . An interview with a sitting president is always an intense experience for any news outlet, but in this case the Obama interview offered us an additional surprise. When asked a question about financial regulation, the president turned the tables on us and critiqued Rolling Stone's reporting on issues like the Dodd-Frank reform bill.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
The Vice Presidential Debate: Joe Biden Was Right to Laugh
I've never thought much of Joe Biden. But man, did he get it right in last night's debate , and not just because he walloped sniveling little Paul Ryan on the facts.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
How the Hype Became Bigger Than the Presidential Election
Well, it's over. Or almost over, thank God. It looks like Obama will probably win, which I guess is good news, compared to the alternative – a Mitt Romney presidency would have felt like four straight years of waking up with a naked Lloyd Blankfein sitting on your face.
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Friday, October 05, 2012
Presidential Debate Aftermath: Mitt Romney Wins All-Important BS Contest
I didn't watch the debate – I just couldn't. I read it in transcript form afterwards. I know it is widely believed that Mitt Romney won, but I don't agree. I think both candidates lost. I think they both sucked.
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