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Opening Bell: WaMu’s Angel

The bank’s $5 billion Band-Aid; Bill Gates, corporate raider; George Washington, bailout master; etc.

The Wall Street Journal scoops on A1 that Washington Mutual is about to get a $5 billion capital fix from... More

Opening Bell: Job Drop

Unemployment soars; Jamie Dimon, welfare king; Apple eclipses Wal-Mart; etc.

The economy is beginning to shed jobs at a worrisome pace. Initial unemployment claims soared 38,000 last week to 407,000,... More

Opening Bell: Back-Scratching 101

Senate relief plan would spread the goodies; Big Ben’s bad day; Bush’s MBA doesn’t seem to help; etc.

Senate leaders agreed on a compromise housing-relief plan in non-senatorial fashion—fairly quickly. The $15 billion to $20 billion plan (depending... More

Opening Bell: When Down Is Up

Market soars on bad news; blame it on the shorts; perilous bank balance sheets; etc.

Stock markets rallied big—again—yesterday on news that two big financial players are taking multibillion-dollar hits. Yes, news has been so... More

Opening Bell: Subprime Mess Snares UBS

Swiss bank’s massive write-down; Bush regulatory plan panned; central banks scramble; etc.

Swiss banking giant UBS announced this morning that it would take a massive $19 billion write-down of its assets in... More

Opening Bell: The Fed’s Blank Check

And our least-transparent agency shall lead us; Paulson in wonderland; Food stamp flurry; etc.

The Wall Street Journal fronts news that a plan is taking shape within the Bush administration to turn the Federal... More

Opening Bell: Uncle Jimmy’s Fire Sale

Bear’s Cayne brought to his knees; the sticky rice market; pissed-off homeowners; etc.

The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times both report that our beloved national uncle, Jimmy “Nero” Cayne, has sold... More

Opening Bell: Regulation!

Paulson the heretic; the death of home-equity loans; is New Century Financial the next Enron?; etc.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says the Federal Reserve should have more power to regulate Wall Street. He’s the first in... More

Opening Bell: Clearly a Mess

Collapsing deals; the Fed in perspective; Floridians’ recession strategies, etc.

The Wall Street Journal reports on A1 that the $19 billion private-equity deal reached 16 months ago for Clear Channel... More

Opening Bell: We Was Mugged

Congressional hearings on Bear; the Fed plays hardball; housing lobby spins; etc.

JPMorgan Chase upped its offer for Bear Stearns from $2 a share to $10.13 yesterday in a bid to appease... More

The Opening Bell: Blubbering Bear

NYT’s scoop on JPMorgan’s new offer; all that costly regulation!; the Japanese talk smack; etc.

The New York Times goes above the fold on A1 with a major scoop that JPMorgan Chase is discussing quintupling... More

Opening Bell: Ripple Effect

CIT Group follows Bear to the brink; small homebuilders default; Murdoch targets Newsday; etc.

Commercial-finance firm CIT Group said it’s in trouble yesterday, having had to tap more than $7 billion in emergency loans... More

Opening Bell: Hang On To That Bomb Shelter

Faith in Freddie and Fannie; commodity markets get hammered; Depression anyone? Etc.

The papers go big with the government making it easier for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to bolster mortgage lending—allowing... More

Opening Bell: One-Day Wonder?

Market soars, but…; another twist in the Bear saga; the subprime blame game; etc.

The papers lead with the stock market going manic yesterday on bolstered confidence in Wall Street banks and another big... More

Opening Bell: The Street Freaks Out

Earnings reports land with a shudder; questions for Lehman; the ghost of 1990s Japan; etc.

Wall Street continued to reel yesterday from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression as the formidable Lehman Brothers... More

Opening Bell: Bear Meat

Helicopter Ben strikes again; is Lehman next? Merrill?; more evidence of subprime greed; etc.

Bear Stearns collapsed into the arms of JP Morgan Chase (and the Federal Reserve) last night, ending the stunningly fast... More

Opening Bell: The Economy’s Toxic Blend

Okay, we get it, we’re in a recession; dollar-dive ripples; Carlyle’s creative and time-tested investment strategy; etc.

The business press piles on the economy this morning with The New York Times saying it faces a “Toxic Blend... More

Opening Bell: The Great Hedge-Fund Unwind

Carlyle Capital leads the way; the Bushies get (regulatory) religion; rotten meat; unlucky pennies, etc.

The hedge fund Carlyle Capital all but collapsed last night, stunning investors with the speed of its fall from being... More

Opening Bell: Bailout!

The Fed’s big cash drop, Citi’s “attractive investments,” a rebid for Boeing?, etc.

Stocks posted their biggest one-day gain in five years yesterday, after the Federal Reserve said it would dump $200 billion... More

Opening Bell: The Roof Is On Fire

Bear Stearns tumbles; Freddie and Fannie teeter; Blackstone’s burden; Schadenfreude on the Street

While Wall Street was busy celebrating the sudden fall of its crusading nemesis, Eliot Spitzer, yesterday, shares of one of... 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.”

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