Austerity: in name only.
Second acts (or second axe?): Lord Browne, BP’s former chairman, is now the efficiency czar for the U.K.
America: 234th birthday is Sunday. Getting soft in our old age? Discuss.
The White House: A little squirrelly on the subject of a double-dip recession?
Credit: Still tightening.
Welfare cash: A frequent visitor to California strip clubs.
Infighting: BP and Anadarko are clawing each others’ eyes out about the Macondo spill.
Countrywide: They should maybe set up an office in the court system. Another lawsuit, this time on alleged discrimination.
The Great Corn Shock: The commodity is doing (suspiciously?) well.