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Opening Bell: Fannie and Freddie’s Grim Outlook

Shares nosedive as housing crisis deepens; IndyMac’s disintegration; WaPo’s new boss; etc.

The mortgage crisis continued to deteriorate as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shares tumbled more than 16 percent on fears... More

Good News (For Once) At The Journal

Two internal promotions are hopeful signs in the News Corporation era

Say what you want about News Corporation’s takeover of The Wall Street Journal, and we have, and the ham-handed ouster/buyout... More

NYT’s Incomplete Bhopal Story

The paper raises questions it doesn’t answer

The New York Times has an interesting page-one story today about the legacy of pollution at the Union Carbide plant... More

Rewrite To The Nth Power

Calculated Risk makes a good catch on a MarketWatch rewrite of a rewrite of a German newspaper story reporting that... More

Opening Bell: GM In Reverse

WSJ says more layoffs for automaker; Bloomberg doubts stock touts; Oil to $200?; etc.

General Motors is considering another round of layoffs of its white-collar workers, The Wall Street Journal reports on A1. The... More

Missing The Story On IndyMac

Ex-WSJ reporter on the mortgage lender’s bad deeds

The Center for Responsible Lending, a borrowers’ advocate group, has an eye-opening report on IndyMac, the troubled California mortgage lender.... More

Skewering The “Green Issue”

The Onion gets it, at least

The Onion works its customary magic in its newsstand edition this week with a special edition “All-Paper Salute to the... More

Burning the Mortgage?

Bloomberg says torchings of foreclosures are rising, with little evidence

We’d like to smoke out a Bloomberg story saying home arson is “surging” as a result of the wave of... More

Opening Bell: Let ‘Em Fail

Paulson says bad banks should go; fugitive hedgie surrenders; LAT cuts; etc.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson called for better regulatory tools to help prevent the failures of individual financial firms from threatening... More

The V-Word and Dick Grasso

Was Dick Grasso’s win in court yesterday a personal “vindication” for him? That’s what The Wall Street Journal says in... More

Talkin’ About Credit-Default Swaps

Why being bearish on them means you’re likely bullish in general

Now of course, we know all about credit-default swaps. And we know that you know all about credit-default swaps. I... More

The Press Drives Out to the Country

USA Today adds to Times on gas hit to rural U.S.

The press has written quite a bit about how the price of gasoline is making the exurban lifestyle cost prohibitive... More

Costco vs. Wal-Mart

Slate asks why their labor practices are so different

Over at Slate, Liza Featherstone asks a good question: Why doesn’t Wal-Mart pay its employees as well as Costco does?... More

Opening Bell: Moodier and Moodier

Ratings firm pushes out exec; Grasso keeps riches; bust makes Starbucks contract for once; etc.

Moody’s got rid of an executive after finding “inappropriate” and “deeply disappointing” conduct in his staff’s ratings of financial derivatives.... More

Blackstone vs. the Bean Counters

CEO likes fair-value when prices go up but not when they go down

Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times scores an interview with Blackstone Group chief Stephen Schwarzman, who’s running around... More

A Bear Raid?

Vanity Fair talks to lots of Bear Stearns execs who think—surprise!—outsiders did them in

Was Bear Stearns murdered? Vanity Fair asks that provocative question in a riveting but overdone piece on the demise of... More

Opening Bell: Swiss Mess

U.S. seeks UBS client list; casino bubble bursting, too?; IndyMac in peril; etc.

The U.S. is trying to upend the secrecy of the Swiss banks. The Justice Department asked a federal court to... More

Water Boggle

The Washington Post goes above the fold on page one with about as good a slap-down of the bottled-water industry... More

Housing Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

So says BusinessWeek in its cover story

BusinessWeek takes a look in its good cover story at why the housing crisis is just going to get worse:... More

Unloading Bad Securities

UBS may also soon stand for Undone By Scandals

Gretchen Morgenson in the Sunday Times shed some more light on the UBS auction-ratings securities soon-to-be-scandal (That would make at... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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