Thursday headlines to heed

Aug 20, 2015

"I'm pretty sure this is Gawker Christmas,concludes Steve Cavendish of Washington City Paper, as Gawker makes the case that "family values" activist Josh Duggar had a paid Ashley Madison account, as well (gaining crazy amounts of traction at 55,000+ shares). "The hack sending shivers around the world. Starting with Josh Duggar," surmises KOIN's Eileen Park. "I'd say this is actually fair game usage of the Ashley Madison hack, given his previous employment," argues Chicago Tribune's Charles Johnson. "19 Scandals and Counting!" quips Matt Fuller at Roll Call

You won't be surprised to hear that's not the only story branching off from this hack, either: "Which bank has most adulterers? 1.Wells Fargo 2. BofA 3. DeutscheBank 4. Citi 5. Goldman- says Ashley Madison hackers," details Reuters' Charles Levinson, sharing the MarketWatch investigation into how many bankers used their work emails on the site (nearing 1,000 shares right now). "Wells Fargo? Really? Cheeky rascals," tweets Robin Wigglesworth at the Financial Times. "So are @CapitalOne & @Chase employees more faithful or better at using burner email addresses?" wonders American Banker's Robert Barba. "Uh oh. 'We did, however, find 10 emails' on Ashley Madison," notices Spencer Jakab at the Wall Street Journal. "I am sure the Dow Jones employees who use Ashley Madison are firing emails to the author of this MarketWatch article," predicts Business Insider's Matt Turner. "It was just research, guys. C'mon," jokingly (we think?) tweets Debtwire's John Bringardner.

Enough about the Madison hack, though. An exclusive from the Associated Press reveals that the UN plans to allow Iran to have its own experts inspect an alleged nuke work site. AP's Carson Walker there calls the arrangement "Fox/henhouse," but Middle East correspondent Borzou Daragahi advises, "Let's wait until there's more than 1 draft document shown by anon official to 1 reporter before believing this one." Meanwhile, Kazakhstan has scrapped its currency trading band and is moving to free float. "Maybe China didn't want to start a currency war, but it's getting one," suggests MoneyWeek's John Stepek. Farther east, Seoul's government reports that North Korea and South Korea traded rocket and artillery fire. "Why isn't this getting more press?!" demands CNBC's Katy Byron (let's fix that, guys). And two men are claiming they found a legendary Nazi train brimming with treasure. "Fascinating: Two men in Poland say they found a long-lost, never verified Nazi train loaded with loot from May 1945," synopsizes Russell Gray with the Kansas City Business Journal.

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