By Jessica Shambora
September 30, 2008

“The freedom to fail goes right along with the freedom to succeed.”

— U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, from Marc Guther’s cover story, Paulson to the Rescue, in the September 29 issue of Fortune. Apropos words on a dark day for the U.S. markets. After the House rejected the government’s $700 billion bank bailout plan, the Dow fell 777 points — the worst single-day point loss ever.

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