This morning, reading the paper, I was kicking myself because I missed a couple of late-breaking local stories (the full-time mayor recommendation and Sheheen releasing his tax records — both of which, to my shame, I had to read for the first time in the paper this morning) for yesterday’s front. But hey, I’ve got a reporting staff of one, so cut me a break.
The hard thing today is coming up with a lede. Here’s what I have at this hour:
- Obama Signs Sweeping Financial Overhaul Into Law (NPR) — Since this is anticlimactic, since we knew it was going to happen, this is a very low-key lede — one column, and maybe not quite at the top of the page. But it actually happened, unlike other things competing with it (Bernanke speculating; oil companies promising to do something), so lede it is.
- Bernanke Sees No Quick End to High Rate of Joblessness (NYT) — In testimony before Congress today.
- Oil Majors Building Disaster-Response System (WSJ) — The companies would pool resources to be able to respond properly next time — if there is a next time. There won’t be if drilling isn’t allowed, and this proposal is aimed to help persuade Washington to allow it.
- White House Apologizes to Fired Official (NYT) — Wow. It’s pretty amazing how easily the White House let itself get railroaded by a smear from a right-wing blogger.
- Sheheen Challenges Haley to be Transparent (The State) — This one’s old now because I failed to hear about it yesterday, but it’s significant as sort of the opening shot in the fall campaign.
- Panel urges full-time mayor (The State) — With the election of a mayor who actually ran on the issues, we seem poised to finally act on two long-overdue reforms that have never gotten anywhere: A strong-mayor system for Columbia, and consolidation of city and county services. Big stuff for Columbia’s future.