from Jack Shafer:

State Secrets in the Snowden Era

By Jack Shafer
May 6, 2014
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This piece originally appeared in the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs, and is reprinted with permission.

from David Rohde:

The ‘secrecy industrial complex’

By David Rohde
June 11, 2013

An undated photo of National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. REUTERS/NSA/Handout via Reuters

from Unstructured Finance:

Ray Dalio went into this year even more bullish than we thought

March 5, 2013

By Matthew Goldstein

Hedge fund titan Ray Dalio is really bullish on stocks and all things risky--at least he was in early January.

from Unstructured Finance:

Jim Chanos and the bears come out of hibernation

February 19, 2013

By Matthew Goldstein 

The year is young, but so far its been a rough one for bearish stock investors with the S&P 500 is up 7.25% The surge in equity prices has left  a lot of short sellers--traders who bet on a stock sliding in value--with glum looks on their faces. And it's with that bullish backdrop that several dozen of Jim Chanos' closest friends gather in Miami for the noted short seller's annual meeting of the bears.

from David Rohde:

Obama’s legacy of secrecy

By David Rohde
February 8, 2013

John Brennan’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday was a microcosm of the Obama administration’s approach to counterterrorism: The right assurances, with little transparency.

from Unstructured Finance:

Eminent Domain reader

July 15, 2012

Jenn Ablan and I have done a lot reporting on Mortgage Resolution Partners' plan to get county governments and cities to use eminent domain to seize and restructure underwater mortgages. As we've reported, it's an intriguing solution to the seemingly intractable problem of too much mortgage debt holding back the U.S. economy. But it's also a controversial one that threatens to rewrite basic contractual rights and the whole notion of how we view mortgages in this country.

from The Great Debate:

Sometimes leaking classified information is perfectly fine

By Steven Aftergood
June 11, 2012

The brewing controversy over leaks of classified information presumes that disclosures of classified information to unauthorized persons are always impermissible and undesirable. But that presumption does not correspond precisely to the reality of government operations as they are conducted in practice.

from Jack Shafer:

WikiLeaks’ 16th minute

By Jack Shafer
January 18, 2012

This piece originally appeared in Reuters Magazine, a special edition publication ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

from Reuters Investigates:

Nevada’s Big Bet

September 26, 2011

By Brian Grow

What happens in Nevada, stays in Nevada. Literally. Especially when it comes to Nevada shell companies.

from Unstructured Finance:

Steve Cohen’s forbidden transcript

August 2, 2011

By Matthew Goldstein

Hedge fund titan Steve Cohen is taking steps to appear more open these days.  Over the past year or so, he's been showing up at industry conferences, charity events--even allowing himself to be photographed with his wife for a glossy spread in Vanity Fair magazine.