Joe Nocera

08/21/2014 - 6:12pm

    Late last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an oblique news release announcing that it was awarding an unnamed whistle-blower $400,000 for helping expose a financial fraud at an unnamed company. The money was the latest whistle-blower award - there have been 13 so far - paid as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which...

06/12/2014 - 3:15am

    About three weeks ago, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave a speech to the Heritage Foundation. Hensarling is a Tea Party favorite. His core view is that better government is less government, and that there is nothing government can do that...

06/09/2014 - 1:03am

    I began writing about the NCAA 2 1/2 years ago, more or less by accident. Assigned by The New York Times Magazine to imagine a scheme in which athletes in the revenue sports - football and men's basketball - get paid, I was awakened for the first time to inequities in the world of big-time college sports. Of...

06/05/2014 - 3:33am

    It is difficult to read stories about Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old man who went on a murderous spree in Isla Vista, California, last month, without feeling some empathy for his parents.

    We know that his mother, alarmed by some of his misogynistic YouTube videos,...

06/02/2014 - 12:25am

    A strong contender for quote of the month comes from Dennis Loy Johnson, of the small publishing firm Melville House. "How is this not extortion?" he said to David Streitfeld and Melissa Eddy of The Times, in a story published last week. "You know, that thing that is illegal when the Mafia does it...

05/29/2014 - 3:01pm

    Three days after the publication of Michael Waldman's new book, "The Second Amendment: A Biography," Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a killing spree, stabbing three people and then shooting another eight, killing four of them, including himself. This was only the latest mass shooting in recent memory,...

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