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Opening Bell: The Fed Flashes Its Fangs

Cracks down on credit-card industry; is SUV era over?; ExxonMobil has another record quarter; etc.

The Washington Post on A1 says the Federal Reserve and other bank regulators will unleash “one of the most aggressive... More

Opening Bell: Economy Expands, But…

just barely and it won’t last; another Fed rate cut; Rent-A-Center squeezes food banks; etc.

The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times all go big with news that the economy expanded—barely—in the... More

Opening Bell: Home Prices Plummet

No end in sight; FBI is after Countrywide; factory farms are bad; Citigroup panhandles; etc.

In today’s house-o-rama, home prices fell faster last month than at any time in a key index’s two decades, dropping... More

Opening Bell: $7 A Gallon?

Oil production not rising, but demand is; speculators swarm food crisis; Kerkorian buys up Ford stock…watch out; etc.

The New York Times on page one looks behind the inexorable rise in oil and gas prices the last few... More

Opening Bell: Will The Fed Wilt?

Mortgage industry cries foul over new regs; more Murdoch; hospitals demanding pay upfront; etc.

The New York Times fronts a story on how the mortgage industry is fighting tougher regulations proposed by the Federal... More

Opening Bell: Homes Still Not Selling

New-house sales down sharply; but good jobs news; (another) FAA coverup;

So much for the spring selling season. New-home sales fell sharply in March far more than expected, to the lowest... More

Opening Bell: Fed To Halt Rate Cuts?

Wants to see if enough is enough; rice quotas in the U.S.; restaurant woes; etc.

The Wall Street Journal leads page one with a report that the Federal Reserve is considering a halt in its... More

Opening Bell: Murdoch Tightens His Grip…

on the throat of U.S. journalism; cuts at Ford; did the SEC pull its punches with Bear?; etc.

The Wall Street Journal newsroom throws up a “save us” flare on page one with a story about Rupert Murdoch... More

Opening Bell: Journal Editor Quits

Murdoch era now in full flower; is Newsday next?; BoA’s bad day; etc.

Rupert Murdoch was a busy man yesterday. The top editor of The Wall Street Journal abruptly resigned just four months... More

Opening Bell: Frankenfood

Food crisis alters thinking on GMC; bailouts abound; borrowers gone wild!; etc.

The New York Times fronts a story saying that recent food-market problems are eroding resistance to genetically modified crops. With... More

Inflation investigation

Barry Ritholtz at The Big Picture points out a BreakingViews column that questions whether the government is low-balling the inflation... More

Opening Bell: The Hours

Americans are working fewer, but not by choice; cuts on Wall Street; jobless ranks swell; etc.

Lots of bad employment news today, and we’ll start out with the lead story in The New York Times, which... More

Opening Bell: Tech Biz Buzzes On

Seems largely impervious to downturn; rice crisis in Oz; Sallie Mae wants more cash; etc.

In another good sign for how the tech industry is holding up, IBM reported solid first-quarter earnings yesterday with profits... More

Opening Bell: What Recession?

Super-rich keep raking it in; Are banks lying about Libor?; Bush flip-flops on global warming; etc.

Not everybody’s losing money these days. The New York Times has on A1 a story based on a hedge-fund industry... More

Opening Bell: Retail Rut

Bankruptcies, empty stores, flat sales; America’s lousy credit; Brazil’s black gold; etc.

The New York Times leads page one with a story on a “wave of bankruptcies” at retail chains, something it... More

Opening Bell: Hat In Hand

Wachovia the latest charity case; food crisis mounts; the rich party on; Delta and Northwest ready to merge; etc.

The Wall Street Journal reports on C1 that Charlotte-based Wachovia is getting a capital infusion of as much as $7... More

Opening Bell: Dems Dodge Trade Vote

Bush Colombia pact stalled; and U.S. free-trade cred suffers; how Moody’s changed its ratings tune; etc.

House Democrats stalled Bush’s Colombia free-trade pact, the papers say. The New York Times notes on C1 that the party-line... More

Opening Bell: FAA (Finally) Gets Tough

Nearly half of American Airlines flights grounded; Yahoo enlists AOL in Microsoft fight; Couric on her way out at CBS?; etc.

Airline safety concerns continued to grow, with American Airlines canceling more than a thousand flights yesterday and grounding three hundred... More

Opening Bell: Justice Under Bush

‘A reflection of the environment of greed’; Will the Fed raise its debt?; To eat, or worry about the birds; etc.

The New York Times devotes its column one on A1 to a look at how the Justice Department has effectively... More

Opening Bell: Penn-ing A New Trade Deal

Colombia pact dissected; Greenspan protests too much; CBS wants to turn its journalism over to CNN; etc.

The free-trade issue is all the rage in the media these days, after the Clinton/Colombia campaign crackup, and both The... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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