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Opening Bell: Oil Slicks

As prices soar, U.S. looks for scapegoats; UBS ready to roll over; Jimmy Cayne, pariah; Rachael Ray, jihadi; etc.

The U.S. said it is investigating whether soaring oil prices are being unfairly manipulated, the papers report. The Wall Street... More

Opening Bell: Lying About Libor

Journal calls out banks on distortion; free wireless for all?; the back story of $2 a share for Bear; etc.

The Wall Street Journal uses an interesting bit of enterprise reporting to suggest on A1 which banks are lying about... More

Opening Bell: About That Loan…

Investors want lenders to take back loans; home sales up but also down; choking the brokers, etc.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing number of investors, including big companies, are trying to force companies that... More

Debits & Credits: the FT Investigates

Welcome to the fight, FT; Awol on Ranieri; counter-intuition discharge, etc.

A Credit to the Financial Times for a rare investigative piece, a well-executed probe into a bungled debt rating by... More

Opening Bell: Bear Stearns Saga, In Three Acts

Journal says firm could have saved itself; housing bargains; car trouble; truckers feel the pain; etc.

The Wall Street Journal kicks off a three-part series on “The Fall of Bear Stearns” with a story, accompanied by... More

Opening Bell: Don’t Like Your Credit Rating?

Moody’s, S&P will fix it; Amtrak’s moment; “short squeeze” in oil market; domestic drillers want more; etc.

The Wall Street Journal on its Money & Investing cover looks at another shady practice of the credit-ratings firms—switching out... More

Opening Bell: Happy Summer Driving!

Oil inventories down, prices up; air travel to get much worse; time to pull Pfizer’s antismoking drug?; etc.

The price of oil continues to rise like an uncapped gusher, soaring 3.3 percent to more than $133 a barrel... More

Opening Bell: Thomson Atop Journal

On its way to being just another newspaper; military thinks green; small cities, no flights; etc.

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Rupert Murdoch installed his pal Robert Thomson as the top editor... More

Opening Bell: Is Housing Bill Tough Enough?

May not ‘put a floor’ under the market; stimulus checks have little impact; former AOL execs indicted; etc.

The Senate finally nailed down a deal on a housing bill, something The Wall Street Journal deems worthy of page... More

Opening Bell: Banks’ Creative Accounting

It’s all legal, and yet…; trouble in dairy land; Microsoft and Yahoo, round II; Chinese workers stay home; etc.

Bloomberg says banks are “hiding” more than $35 billion in losses in (not so) plain sight. The wire service in... More

Opening Bell: Bad Numbers On Blackstone

Papers swallow company spin on losses; Dick Armey and Steve Forbes are angry renters; etc.

(The headline for this post was corrected at 1:55 p.m.) Blackstone Group had a bad first quarter. Just how bad?... More

Opening Bell: Down The Rabbit Hole…

with Freddie and Fannie; bad week for Countrywide; what’s the truth about inflation?; etc.

Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprise that along with Fannie Mae underpins the entire housing market, reported a smaller-than-expected $151 million... More

Opening Bell: Did We Dodge A Recession?

Conventional Wisdom now says yes, maybe; tax the rich, teach the vets; UBS official indicted; etc.

Well, that was fast. The Wall Street Journal on page one says economists are hedging their bets on a recession,... More

Opening Bell: Clear Channel Deal On

Lawsuit avoided, pain is shared; cigarette regulation, Bush style; small-biz loan crunch; etc.

Leveraged buyouts are back in the news this morning. The papers write that the Clear Channel Communications deal, which collapsed... More

Opening Bell: Payday Loan Scams

Not just for the poor anymore; the Dolans and Newsday; will Dems pay for helping home owners?; etc.

The Chicago Tribune this morning reports on an insidious new phenomenon: online payday loans. One woman, Rochelle Parker, landed an... More

Opening Bell: Et tu, A.I.G.?

Plus, NYT strong work on NYT housing and a powerful senator; Toyota’s skids; the container shortage. etc.

Insurance giant American International Group posted a record $7.8 billion loss in the first quarter as it wrote down more... More

Opening Bell

SEC’s new rules; fluffing the mortgage numbers; Moody’s man out; etc.

Stocks fell the most in four weeks, with the Dow dropping 206 points (1.6 percent) and financial shares tumbling 3.7... More

Opening Bell: Oil Prices Keep Rising…

But no one’s talking about using less; Myanmar’s rice harvest hit; greenback bulks up; etc.

The price of oil continued its record rise, and the papers all give major play to stories on how much... More

Opening Bell: Countrywide Deal Hits Snag

Analyst urges B of A to bail; Sprint wants to unload Nextel; Fannie and Freddie need help; etc.

Investors bailed out of Countrywide Financial yesterday, sending its shares down 10 percent after an analyst said Bank of America... More

Opening Bell: Yahoo To ‘Burn The Furniture’

If Microsoft went hostile; Buffett: we avoided worst of financial crisis; U.S. like S. Korea, 1997?

The business press goes wide with Microsoft backing away from its unsolicited bid for Yahoo, ending for the moment a... 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

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

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

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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