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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

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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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