Archives for November, 2010

2010 bank failures top 2009

Posted: Nov. 8, 2010 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Four more banks failed on Friday, bringing the total for the year to 142, meaning there will be more bank failures in 2010 than any year since at least 1992. Last year, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over 140 banks around the nation.

This year's failures have cost the insurance fund more than $21.1 billion. A year ago, failures cost the insurance fund about $37.7 billion.

More than half the failures in 2010, 83 in all, have occurred in just five states:

  • Florida, 27
  • Georgia, 17
  • Illinois, 16
  • California, 12
  • Washington, 11

There have been no ...

Read full entry

Ex-Kohl staffer joins Comcast team

Posted: Nov. 5, 2010 | Tags: Comcast

The government's review of the Comcast Corp.-NBC Universal merger is ongoing, but Comcast has dramatically scaled back its lobbying efforts. Spending for the third quarter was $1.86 million, a $2 million dropoff from the previous quarter.

But what it lacked in quantity, the company made up for in quality.

Comcast hired Capitol Hill Strategies LLC to lobby for the deal. Among its lobbyists is Paul Bock. Bock spent 12 years as chief of staff for Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl. Kohl is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on antitrust. The senator has been pushing ...

Read full entry

Recent Posts

The back-story behind Workshop's first data project on banks

In BankTracker, our long-running series that debuted in March 2009, we analyzed publicly available data to report on the financial health of the nation’s banks and credit unions. Though the project met with resistance from the banking association at the time, the updates continue to be welcomed by readers.

Washington journalists on Trump’s war on the press

Trump’s war on the press is a political strategy and it’s working, Margaret Sullivan, the media columnist for The Washington Post, said at the 2017 Missouri-Hurley Symposium at the National Press Club last week.

A journalist who sought to democratize data

In a period when many academics, journalists, civil-society groups and citizens fear that federal data may be altered to suit political agendas, the tools and techniques data journalists use will help keep it honest. And David Donald was one data journalism's standard bearers, taking steps to lowering barriers to entry in the field, including co-hosting workshops for social workers, real-estate brokers, designers, business managers, pediatricians, even zoologists. 


 Subscribe to the RSS Feed

Archives

Twitter

Follow the workshop at IRWorkshop