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Opening Bell

Exxon’s $2 billion win; Fed stays put; States pile on Countrywide; etc.

The Supreme Court handed a $2 billion victory to Exxon Mobil, saying the punitive-damages award for the Exxon Valdez disaster... More

Opening Bell: Wrong Track

Consumer confidence dives again; so do home prices; real estate crimes; Buffett on porn; etc.

Consumer confidence plummeted, raising fears of a deeper recession if the pessimism translates into lower spending. The Wall Street Journal... More

Opening Bell: GM’s Gas-Guzzler Blues

Zero percent financing rides again; 100 percent financing rides again; Google News is overrated; etc.

General Motors continued its struggles, going back to its same old bag of tricks for another round of zero percent... More

Opening Bell: At Least It Wasn’t a Bridge Tournament

SEC’s Cox sunned while Wall Street burned; Big bank layoffs; Saudis pump more, Nigerians less; etc.

The Wall Street Journal takes a withering A1 look at the performance of Securities and Exchange Commission chairman during the... More

Opening Bell: Perp Walk

Plus, “Operation Malicious Mortgage”; Swiss cheats; an RV chase scene, etc.

The Bear Stearns Two got their perp walk yesterday after a federal grand jury indicted them on criminal fraud charges,... More

Opening Bell: GAO Smacks Down Air Force

Says it improperly awarded major contract; bad news at FedEx; Pfizer sticks it to us on Lipitor; etc.

The Government Accountability Office handed Boeing a huge win, finding that the Air Force improperly awarded a $35 billion contract... More

Opening Bell: What’s Goldman’s Secret?

Firm weathering credit storm; stagflation alert; tougher toy regs; lenders screw poor students; etc.

Goldman Sachs continued to navigate the credit crisis better than any of its peers. It reported just an 11 percent... More

Opening Bell: Fed Says Markets Too Optimistic

August rate hike unlikely; more evidence that KBR ripped us off in Iraq; rethinking privatization; etc.

The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times both go page one with apparent leaks from the Federal Reserve that... More

Opening Bell: Crimes at Bear Stearns

Feds ready indictments; the toll of write-downs; AIG to sell some operations?; etc.

Federal prosecutors are preparing to indict two Bear Stearns executives who ran hedge funds there that collapsed last summer in... More

Opening Bell: Ax Falls At Lehman

Prez and CFO demoted, CEO may be next; KeyCorp cuts dividend; Zell loses publisher; more trouble for AIG; etc.

Heads rolled at Lehman Brothers as the Wall Street bank took action to restore its tattered credibility after a brutal... More

Opening Bell: Are Your Chemicals Safe?

New Euro regs push U.S; will the Belgians brew Bud?; fugitive CEO living large in Namibia; etc.

The Washington Post on A1 writes that a tough new European law regulating the chemical industry is affecting the way... More

Opening Bell: Bernanke Talks Tough on Inflation

Says developing countries can do more; Libor reform lite; Sam Israel’s suicide solution; etc.

Inflation is the topic du jour at The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times this morning. The... More

Opening Bell: Lehman’s Big Loss

Second-quarter hit a sign o’ the times; corporate ‘golden coffins’; a dark side of free trade; etc.

Lehman Brothers troubles deepened as it projected it would lose $2.8 billion in the second quarter—far more than already dour... More

Opening Bell: New Fronts in the Credit Crunch

FT and WSJ make predictions; gas prices crushing rural poor; about that AOL whistleblower; etc.

The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal pull out their crystal balls to predict what the credit crunch will... More

Opening Bell: The Incredible Shrinking Tribune

Zell slashes pages, people; foreclosures gone wild; UBS ready to sing; AIG faces criminal investigation; etc.

The Tribune Company is slashing its papers’ newshole and employees in a bid to stay afloat under its staggering debt.... More

Opening Bell: Bond Insurers Headed South

Moody’s set to downgrade MBIA, Ambac; kinder, gentler Wal-Mart; bizarre doings at the FCC; etc.

Prospects of another downturn in the credit crisis continued to increase, this time on an old standby: a credit-ratings firm... More

Opening Bell: Will Americans Drop the SUV?

Carmakers think so; GM may unload Hummer; WaPo’s hyperlocal Web site experiment bombs; etc.

(Sub-headline corrected on 6/8/08) The nation’s car market continued to suffer from high gas prices, with sales tumbling 11 percent... More

Opening Bell: Ken Thompson Kicked To Curb

Wachovia says, No mas!; Lehman loss is coming; where are they now: Dick Grasso; Google angers big advertisers; etc.

Wachovia dumped its CEO Ken Thompson after a series of bad moves over the last few years culminated in a... More

Opening Bell: Credit Crunch Hits Poor Students

Want a loan for community college? Good luck; foreclosures are rolling; NYT Company’s fat dividend; etc.

The New York Times says the credit crunch is hitting students at two-year colleges and “other less competitive institutions” as... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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