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Assad Comes Out on Top in Syria Deal

Putin now 'US ambassador to Syria': GOP senator

(Newser) - Following the US-Russia agreement on Syrian chemical disarmament, plenty of political insiders are furious with the Obama administration—but the White House has its defenders. What the media is saying:
  • At Bloomberg , Jeffrey Goldberg sees a major victory for Bashar al-Assad: "The US has in a perverse way made
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Is Too Much Exercise Bad for You?

Doctors torn on whether running too much counteracts benefits

(Newser) - With some studies showing the health benefits of running—good cholesterol levels, improved blood pressure—may be offset by heart conditions like plaque buildup in arteries and arrhythmia in extreme athletes, doctors are divided on whether there's such a thing as too much exercise. While one doctor says, "... More »

Sheldon Adelson Suing Reporter for Calling Him 'Foul-Mouthed'

Compared to ex-CEO who 'rarely curses'

(Newser) - Proving that one man's badge of honor is another man's definition of libel, billionaire Sheldon Adelson has sued a Wall Street Journal reporter after an article suggested he was fond of profanity. The piece, by Kate O'Keeffe and Alexandra Berzon, said the casino honcho was "a... More »

Raising the Minimum Wage Will Hurt the Poor

The Wall Street Journal takes issue with Obama's proposal, but it's a popular one

(Newser) - President Obama's State of the Union call to raise the minimum wage to $9 will ironically hurt his core supporters: young people and minorities, the Wall Street Journal argues in an editorial. "Setting a floor under the price of labor creates winners and losers," the editors argue.... More »

WSJ Hacked by China, Too

Bloomberg News was also a target

(Newser) - It looks like Chinese hackers set their sights on more than one major US newspaper. On the heels of Wednesday night's announcement that the New York Times was infiltrated by hackers, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that it, too, was breached. While the Journal has been subject to... More »

Obama 'Shuns' Fox at Press Conferences

ABC gets called on the most: study

(Newser) - Does President Obama play favorites with the press? A new study shows certain media outlets getting a healthy dose of attention at news conferences, while others—notably Fox News—receive less, Politico reports. Smart Politics finds that Fox is "still shunned" at the events; its reporters, the study says,... More »

4 Stores on the Brink in 2013

Best Buy, JC Penney, Sears, RadioShack have their work cut out for them

(Newser) - The retail world is changing, and some old-school giants are struggling to change with it. Today the Wall Street Journal took a look at four companies facing a do-or-die 2013:
  • Best Buy: People still go to Best Buy … to look at things they intend to buy on Amazon later.
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Media: Romney Charged Us $1K a Day for Travel

News outlets fight 'exorbitant' trail bills

(Newser) - Major news organizations are fighting what they say are exorbitant prices charged by Mitt Romney's campaign for reporters' travel expenses including food and transportation. Outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today have told the campaign they will be contesting charges that topped $1,000... More »

Bloomberg Considers Buying Financial Times

Speculation rampant that venerated paper will soon be available

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg is doing some serious soul searching about the possibility of buying the Financial Times, sources close to the mayor tell the New York Times . "It's the only paper I'd buy," he allegedly told one associate, and others say that lately he's taken to... More »

Sandy Already Costing Billions: Everything's Closed

Plus: banks, newspapers temporarily waive fees

(Newser) - Hurricane Sandy is already making a serious dent in the US economy: All kinds of businesses in its path have closed. "Business interruption is the biggest impact, at least until we see what happens in terms of property damage," which could cost some $15 billion, says an analyst.... More »

Hillary: I'm to Blame for Bad Libya Security

Wall Street Journal sat on her mea culpa for days, got scooped

(Newser) - With the White House facing pressure over security before the 9/11 Benghazi attack, Hillary Clinton has taken the blame. "I take responsibility," she said in a CNN interview last night in addressing the consulate strike that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens. "I want to avoid some kind... More »

Wake Up, Obama; Iranian 'Barbarians' Want Blood

The Wall Street Journal thinks it's time to take Ahmadinejad seriously

(Newser) - George Orwell once remarked that seeing "what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle." It's a struggle President Obama is failing when it comes to Iran, the editors at the Wall Street Journal opine in today's paper. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week dismissed... More »

WSJ Editor's Batman Tweet Stirs Angry Backlash

James Taranto makes controversial comment about Aurora shooting

(Newser) - A Wall Street Journal editor is in hot water after an "errant" tweet about the Dark Knight massacre. Referring to the three men who died shielding their girlfriends during the attack, James Taranto tweeted, "I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the... More »

News Corp Confirms It Will Split

Rupert Murdoch will chair both companies; investors celebrate

(Newser) - News Corp is confirming that the media behemoth will split in two, allowing its more profitable entertainment properties to break free of its less profitable publishing ones, reports the Wall Street Journal —which itself is on the publishing half of that divide. "We will wow the world as... More »

Obama's Iraq Nominee Withdraws Over Affair Emails

McGurk steps aside to avoid confirmation fight

(Newser) - President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Iraq has withdrawn his nomination amid controversy over his affair with a Wall Street Journal reporter . Brett McGurk said he was stepping aside because Iraq urgently needs a new ambassador. Six of the nine Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote to... More »

WSJ Reporter Resigns Over Affair With Obama Nominee

Gina Chon shared information with Brett McGurk while he was security adviser in Iraq

(Newser) - A Wall Street Journal reporter has resigned after flirty emails were published online exposing an affair with an American official she was covering in Iraq. Gina Chon had a 2008 affair with Brett McGurk, who's currently President Obama's nominee for US ambassador to Iraq. Both McGurk and Chon... More »

'No Global Warming'? Critics Slam 2 Articles

Science scribes lambaste articles in the Wall Street Journal , Daily Mail

(Newser) - Science writers are in a tizzy over two articles this weekend that deny the existence of global warming. One, signed by 16 scientists in the Wall Street Journal , notes "the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now." It argues that a world economy unburdened by... More »

GOP Botched Payroll Tax Fight

The 'Wall Street Journal' can't understand how this happened

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal is furious with the GOP over the way it has handled what it terms the “ payroll tax fiasco ” in a scathing editorial today. “How did the Republicans manage to lose the tax issue to Obama?” the editors marvel. “GOP leaders have somehow... More »

Obama's Plan 'Bolder, Better Than Expected'

Pundits from left and right generally praise address

(Newser) - Pundits handed out good grades aplenty for President Obama's new jobs proposal last night, with generally positive feedback from liberals like Paul Krugman—but also from conservatives like David Frum and Andrew Sullivan.
  • Krugman writes in the New York Times that he was "favorably surprised by the new
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Wall Street Journal Pans Romney's Job Plan

It's too timid, not conservative enough, editorial argues

(Newser) - Mitt Romney’s big list of 59 economic policy prescriptions is a swing and a miss, as far as the famously conservative editors of the Wall Street Journal are concerned. “We’ll say this for it: His ideas are better than President Obama’s,” the editors write. But... More »

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