We have a bit of actual news today:
- BP says oil has stopped leaking from Gulf well (BBC) — Which, if it turns out to hold, is a biggie. Now we just have what — the equivalent of about 25 Exxon Valdezes to clean up, right?
- Senate Passes Sweeping Finance Overhaul (WSJ) — Any other day, I would have led with this. It’s big; it’s important; it’s historic. Both the WSJ and the NYT are leading with it, and I can’t argue with that decision. But the possible end of the biggest oil spill in history just grabbed me a bit more. Chalk it up to my prejudice against financial news.
- Goldman Settles With S.E.C. for $550 Million (NYT) — Sheesh. More big financial news. But this one’s significant. I mean, $550 million is more than I make in a year. Of course, it’s nowhere near the $20 billion BP is on the hook for…
- CIA paid Iranian nuclear scientist $5 million for intel (WashPost) — You know what? Those Russian spies we caught should take some lessons from this guy. He knows how it’s done. He gets 5 mil, and they get sent home with empty pockets. Of course, the Iranian isn’t likely to get a hero’s welcome at home now that this has been leaked.
- Economists Express More Optimism Than General Public (WSJ) — And to think, they call it the “dismal science”… or is that politics? I get confused.
- RiverDogs give out Alvin Greene statues (AP) — That Alvin Greene is a prophet. He suggested action figures of himself as a way to promote our economy, and now somebody’s acted on it. OK, so they’re not action figures as such, but it’s a start.