Last week, the U.S. announced a new multibillion-dollar deal to supply nuclear submarines to Australia. There was just one problem: Australia had already inked a submarine deal with France. WSJ's Matthew Dalton explains the sub snub and what it means for U.S.-France relations.
A growing number of retailers are offering customers the ability to buy a product and pay for it later in installments. WSJ's AnnaMaria Andriotis explains why the approach has become so popular and whether it's likely to stick around.
Dogecoin began as a joke cryptocurrency in 2013, but this year its price has soared, and now its market cap stands at about $30 billion. WSJ's Caitlin Ostroff says two competing organizations that both call themselves the Dogecoin Foundation are vying for the coin's trademark and its future. Representatives from both groups make their case about who should be dogecoin's steward going forward.
In the fourth episode of our investigative series based on an extensive array of internal Facebook documents, we explore the fallout of a major algorithm change the company made in 2018. The documents outline how an emphasis on engagement incentivized the spread of divisive, sensational content and misinformation. WSJ's Keach Hagey and Jeff Horwitz explain how attempts from within the company to un...
In the third episode of our investigative series based on an extensive array of internal Facebook documents, we look at a persistent problem on the platform: human trafficking. WSJ's Justin Scheck describes documents showing that Facebook has closely studied how human traffickers use the platform to ensnare victims and advertise illegal sex services. The documents also show Facebook's response to t...
To combat increasingly extreme wildfires, firefighters are taking cues from the world of sports analytics. WSJ's Dan Frosch explains how the "Moneyball" sports data revolution is making its way into firefighting and why increasingly unpredictable fires are putting new computer models to the test.
Jack Schron has been encouraging his employees to get vaccinated. He also worries a vaccine mandate might cause them to quit. The manufacturing company president explains what the Biden administration's vaccine mandate could mean for him, and WSJ's Eric Morath discusses its impact on the labor market.
A brazen kind of shoplifting is plaguing America's retail stores, where people fill up garbage bags with items and simply walk out the door. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus explains how organized crime rings orchestrate the shoplifting. And Ben Dugan, the head of CVS' investigative unit, describes what he does to fight crime at his stores.
In the second episode in our investigative series, we turn to research that Facebook has kept private: its internal studies on the effects of Instagram, one of its core products, on teen mental health. WSJ's Georgia Wells details the company's findings, which show that Instagram can be harmful for young users, particularly teen girls. Plus, Instagram head Adam Mosseri explains why he thinks there's...
The Facebook Files, an investigative series from The Wall Street Journal, dives into an extensive array of internal Facebook documents, giving an unparalleled look inside the social media giant. In our first episode, WSJ's Jeff Horwitz explains how high-profile users from celebrities to politicians are shielded from the site's rules and protected from enforcement measures. The company does this in ...
As the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, members of the country's women's soccer team - once symbols of a new Afghanistan - knew they needed to escape. WSJ's Drew Hinshaw tells the story of how the team's former captain, Khalida Popal, hatched a daring plan for their evacuation.
Economists, CEOs and many others predicted earlier this summer that the economy would recover around Labor Day. But the Delta variant has changed all of that. WSJ's Eric Morath explains how the highly contagious strain is affecting business and job growth.
The pandemic has disrupted a lot of things - including how people dress. We talk with WGSN fashion forecaster Francesca Muston about how the uncertain times have made predicting fashion trends more difficult and how other forces like climate change may shape fashion choices in the long term.
Scholastic, which is famous for children's books like Harry Potter and Clifford the Big Red Dog, has been controlled by the same family for more than a century. Then, the CEO unexpectedly died in June and his will had a controversial decision on succession. WSJ's Shalini Ramachandran on the drama that unfolded.
Jake Hopkins, a university student in the U.K., decided earlier this year to do something most people in the world have been trying to avoid: he volunteered to get Covid-19. Jake signed up for a human challenge trial that intentionally infects participants with the virus. He shares recordings from his experience in the controversial study, and WSJ's Jenny Strasburg explains the researchers' goals.
In June, the President of El Salvador made an announcement that shocked the nation: It would become the first country to adopt Bitcoin as a national currency. As "B-day" approaches, WSJ's Santiago Perez headed to El Salvador to hear how Salvadorans are feeling about the change.
A lawsuit filed last week alleges that a former top producer at Good Morning America, Michael Corn, assaulted at least two women at ABC News, and that the company did not take disciplinary action against him. Corn and ABC dispute the claims. WSJ's Joe Flint breaks down the allegations and explains how they come at a pivotal moment for ABC News.
Famed activist investor Bill Ackman raised $4 billion for a blank-check company last year, enough to merge with a big, proven start-up. But he still hasn't found a company to buy, and is now suggesting he might return all of his investors' money. WSJ's Cara Lombardo tells us why Ackman is falling short.
Six years ago, a WSJ investigation raised serious questions about the blood-testing startup Theranos. This week, the company's founder Elizabeth Holmes will go on trial for fraud. WSJ editor Michael Siconolfi remembers what it was like to help break the Theranos story, and legal reporter Sara Randazzo explains what to expect from the much-anticipated trial.
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, foreign aid has stopped flowing, the business community is fleeing, and banks have limited how much money people can withdraw. WSJ's Yaroslav Trofimov explains why the Afghan economy is in turmoil and what the Taliban might do to restore it.
Congress is nearing passage of the largest investment in public transit ever. About $66 billion of that money is slated to go to Amtrak, America's passenger rail company. Amtrak's CEO sat down with Ryan to talk about where he intends to spend that money.
Since the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, many women around the country have been living in fear, despite the Taliban's assurances they'll respect women's rights. WSJ's Margherita Stancati talks about the threats women face, and Afghan photographer Fatimah Hossaini explains her decision to flee the country.
OnlyFans, an adult social-media platform, built a thriving business selling sexually explicit content. So why did it just ban sex? WSJ's Georgia Wells explains the financial backstory to the company's surprising move, and an OnlyFans creator weighs in on what it could mean for her.
The main way to make money from trees used to be chopping them down and selling them to sawmills. But now, people are getting paid to do the opposite. WSJ's Ryan Dezember explains the economics of the carbon offset market and why it's finally taking root.
BuzzFeed has been trying to go public for years. When it finally struck a deal to do so earlier this year, the media company left its biggest shareholder -- NBCUniversal -- facing a huge loss. WSJ's Ben Mullin explains how changes in digital media fortunes brought BuzzFeed to this moment.
The nation's top auto safety regulator announced this week that it was investigating Tesla's assisted driving technologies after a series of crashes. WSJ's Rebecca Elliott explains what prompted the probe of Autopilot, as it's called, and what it could mean for the auto industry.
Schools across the country are reopening just as the Delta variant is causing a surge of Covid-19 cases. But some states, including Texas, have blocked school districts from taking certain safety precautions. We spoke to Dallas superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa about how he's navigating Covid-19 and the politics around it.
When Apple announced new iPhone software to combat child pornography, it set off a firestorm over privacy. WSJ's Joanna Stern talked to Apple software chief Craig Federighi about why it sparked controversy and what it actually does.
After almost 20 years of war, the U.S. withdrew its remaining troops from Afghanistan. In a matter of weeks, the Taliban have taken control of the country. WSJ's Sune Rasmussen explains how the Taliban was able to move so quickly and describes the chaos and fear gripping Afghanistan today.
On Amazon's massive online marketplace, third-party sellers live and die by customer reviews. WSJ's Nicole Nguyen explains how and why sellers risk getting kicked off Amazon to improve their reviews, and we hear from one customer who found out just how far some companies are willing to go.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come under fire this summer for reversing its masking recommendations as the Delta variant threatens COVID-19 vaccine efficacy. Now, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky speaks out in an exclusive interview with WSJ reporters Sarah Toy and Sabrina Siddiqui.
In the span of a year and a half, Lebanon went from a middle-income economy to a country in financial free fall. WSJ's Nazih Osseiran explains the cycle of monetary policy, inflation, and government mismanagement that set off one of the worst economic collapses in 150 years.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned today, following the release of a report that alleged he sexually harassed several women. Cuomo will depart office in 14 days and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will take his place for the remainder of his term. WSJ's James Fanelli details the allegations against Cuomo and describes the woman who will be replacing him.
Last week, Facebook suspended the personal accounts of an NYU Ph.D. candidate and some members of her research team. They were studying how well the social media platform was identifying political ads. WSJ's Jeff Horwitz explains what the dispute means for the broader community of outside researchers.
In 2014, the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria. It gave rise to a viral Twitter movement #BringBackOurGirls and would eventually inspire hundreds of similar kidnappings in the years that followed. The WSJ's Drew Hinshaw and Joe Parkinson explain how criminal groups are building a kidnapping for ransom industry in Nigeria.
At a critical moment in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, leading White House infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci sat down to talk with The Journal about the increased risks of the Delta variant, whether children should go back to school and how to bring the vaccine-hesitant on board.
Disney released the latest Marvel movie, "Black Widow," in theaters and on its streaming service, Disney+. The movie's star, Scarlett Johansson, sued Disney, alleging the decision cost her millions. WSJ's Joe Flint explains how the showdown could affect the industry.
As the Delta variant spreads, more companies are requiring their employees to get vaccinated. WSJ's Chip Cutter discusses the legal precedents behind these policies, and an HR executive explains how her company handled the issue.
Used cars are more expensive now than they've ever been, and car dealerships are having to go to great lengths to find inventory. WSJ's Nora Naughton explains the shortages that are driving up prices and what it means for dealers and consumers.
Even before her appointment, Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan had made a name for herself by criticizing Amazon's market dominance. Her stance has already provoked backlash from the tech industry and congressional Republicans. WSJ's Ryan Tracy explains.
Earlier this week, star gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of two Olympic competitions after she experienced a dangerous case of the "twisties." WSJ's Louise Radnofsky explains how one of the Olympics's biggest stars is helping change attitudes towards mental health and physical safety.
Robinhood built its business around the idea of making it easier than ever for everyday people to invest. Now the company's betting it can "democratize" initial public offerings, too - including its own. WSJ's Peter Rudegeair explains the thinking behind Robinhood's unconventional IPO this week.
Jerome Powell has led the U.S. economy through its pandemic-induced crash and turbulent recovery. But with his first term ending soon, WSJ's Nick Timiraos says some in Washington are questioning whether Powell should be reappointed.
Covid has taken a toll on South Africa. Successive lockdowns have led to deep economic suffering across the country. And when political protests broke out recently, the economic hardship took a violent turn leading to riots and looting. WSJ's Gabriele Steinhauser explains how South Africa could be a warning to other countries.
Superstar gymnast Simone Biles could become the first woman since 1968 to repeat as the gold medalist in the individual all-around competition. But WSJ's Louise Radnofsky says that, for Biles, continuing to compete at the sport's highest level is also about keeping a spotlight on the crimes committed by former team doctor Larry Nassar. As the last self-identified survivor on the team, Biles is stil...
Major banks performed well while employees worked remotely. But executives at some banks are bringing their workers back to the office full time. WSJ's David Benoit explains what it could mean for the industry and the rest of corporate America.
Many of Miami's condo buildings are vulnerable to the same kind of structural issues as Champlain Towers South, which collapsed last month. WSJ's Laura Kusisto explains why it's often untrained volunteer condo boards that are in charge of repairs.
Legal scholar Tim Wu has spent years pushing for greater regulation of big American companies. To get his ideas into the mainstream, Wu has done everything from run for office to ride on a roller coaster with Stephen Colbert. WSJ's Ryan Tracy details how Wu's ideas made their way into President Biden's executive order to increase business competition.
New federal data show that many graduate students don't make nearly enough money to pay back their student loans. WSJ's Melissa Korn explains why some graduates of elite schools, like Columbia University, seem to have the worst outcomes.
For the first time in 60 years, mass demonstrations are sweeping Cuba. Protesters are chanting one slogan: 'patria y vida,' or, 'homeland and life.' The phrase - a counterpoint to the revolutionary slogan 'homeland or death' - comes from a song written by Cuban dissidents. WSJ's Santiago Perez dives into the origins of the artist dissident movement and the song that defines this moment.
After Didi launched a successful IPO in New York last month, Beijing took punitive action against the ride hailing giant. It also established new rules for Chinese companies that want to list overseas. WSJ's Patrick Barta explains what that means for future economic cooperation between the U.S. and China.
Christopher Hallett built a business providing online legal advice in custody cases. His main offering was built on a conspiracy theory. But this conspiracy theory ended in murder. WSJ's Georgia Wells and Justin Scheck tell the tale.
A Marine died in Fallujah at the height of the Iraq War. Years later, his family found out his Purple Heart was listed on an auction site. WSJ's Ben Kesling, who once served in the same company as the Marine, tells the story of how he helped track it down.
Last week's building collapse near Miami was an event without modern precedent. Its cause remains a mystery. But building records, eyewitness accounts, and expert assessments are offering possible clues. WSJ's Jon Kamp details the potential warning signs from the history of Champlain Towers South.
Investors are pouring money into "green" companies, but what actually makes a company green? WSJ's Justin Scheck tells the story of The Metals Company, a deep sea mining startup that's set to go public at $2.9 billion.
The Oath Keepers, a right-wing militia group, had a large presence at the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Now, a WSJ investigation has revealed the group's funding sources and financial struggles. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus explains.
At an antitrust trial, executives from tobacco giant Altria have been speaking in unusually frank terms about the company's closed e-cigarette business. They've testified that the company failed to innovate. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney explains why Altria is making this unusual defense.
For the past 13 years, pop star Britney Spears has lived under a legal arrangement that's given her father control over her finances and her life. Yesterday, Spears spoke out publicly against the conservatorship for the first time. WSJ's Neil Shah details Spears's fight to break free.
As the country resumes flying in droves, the air travel industry is struggling to keep up. American Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights in recent days due to labor shortages. WSJ's Alison Sider explains why carriers are cancelling flights and calling back retired staff.
Apple has been trying for years to reinvent the healthcare system. In 2016, the company started operating its own health clinics for employees as a testing ground. But, WSJ's Rolfe Winkler explains, Apple's had a hard time accomplishing its ambitions.
Americans are quitting their jobs at record rates. But why? WSJ's Lauren Weber dives into the reasons that Americans have decided to walk away from their careers during a pandemic and breaks down what it means for the economy. Plus, two quitters open up about their decision.
Stocks, it turns out, don't only go up. On the final episode of To The Moon, we follow the GameStop rocket ship as it returns to Earth, and we learn how the traders who poured their money into the stock fared-and why they don't want to quit trading.
Last week, Congress introduced legislation that, if passed, could force Amazon to break up. The bills come after a 15-month investigation into whether big tech has monopoly power in the economy. WSJ's Dana Mattioli speaks to Representatives David Cicilline (D., RI) and Ken Buck (R., Col.) about the investigation and why they believe these laws should be passed.
Hindenburg Research is a small investment firm that is having a big impact. Its critical reports about some of the hottest startups have pushed stock prices lower, allowing the firm to profit. WSJ's Amrith Ramkumar talks about the firm, its strategy and what happened to Lordstown Motors.
A Wall Street Journal investigation has found that one hacking group - called Ryuk - is behind hundreds of attacks on U.S. health care facilities. WSJ's Kevin Poulsen details the rise of Ryuk, and one hospital administrator shares what it's like to be a victim of one of their attacks.
In 2019, MoviePass declared bankruptcy. The company had offered unlimited movie tickets to customers for a low monthly fee but never found a successful business model. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission alleged that MoviePass executives deceived customers to try to save the business. WSJ's Ben Fritz unspools one of the most audacious stories in Hollywood.
Individual investors banded together online to send GameStop soaring in January. Many of those investors were inspired by one man, Keith Gill, aka DeepF-ingValue, aka Roaring Kitty. On episode four of To The Moon, we hear how WSJ reporter Julia Verlaine tracked down Gill, and we trace how his arguments inspired legions of GameStop investors to buy... and hold.
Individual investors banded together online to send GameStop soaring in January. Many of those investors were inspired by one man, Keith Gill, aka DeepF-ingValue, aka Roaring Kitty. On episode four of To The Moon, we hear how WSJ reporter Julia Verlaine tracked down Gill, and we trace how his arguments inspired legions of GameStop investors to buy... and hold.
The FDA this week approved the first new Alzheimer's treatment in nearly 20 years. But it almost didn't make it to market. WSJ's Joseph Walker untangles the complex story behind the drug Aduhelm and why its approval is raising questions.
The FDA this week approved the first new Alzheimer's treatment in nearly 20 years. But it almost didn't make it to market. WSJ's Joseph Walker untangles the complex story behind the drug Aduhelm and why its approval is raising questions.
Companies are using a new approach to push their executives to prioritize diversity: Tying it to their pay. WSJ's Emily Glazer explains how this tactic came about, and former executive Steven Davis talks about the role boards can play in improving diversity.
Companies are using a new approach to push their executives to prioritize diversity: Tying it to their pay. WSJ's Emily Glazer explains how this tactic came about, and former executive Steven Davis talks about the role boards can play in improving diversity.
Ransomware attacks have been hitting U.S. companies hard. But yesterday, law enforcement officials made a big announcement: they recovered more than $2 million from the group behind last month's Colonial Pipeline hack. WSJ's David Uberti details how the U.S. government is fighting back against hackers and explains why going after cryptocurrency is a key part of the strategy.
In 1980, China implemented its one-child policy to curb a swiftly growing population. After raising the cap to two in 2015, last week it was increased to three. WSJ's Jonathan Cheng on the purpose of the original policy and why the government is trying to reverse it now.
Decades ago, trading was the domain of the wealthy elite, but two innovators would change that. The first made investing accessible to the masses. The second made it fun. On episode three of To The Moon, we meet the disruptors who made the markets ready for the GameStop moment.
Companies have been including arbitration agreements in their terms of service for years, preventing customers from filing lawsuits. Recently, Amazon removed the arbitration clause from its terms of service and told customers they can sue the company instead. WSJ's Sara Randazzo explains what led the company to make the change.
For years, the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. has been Ford's F-150 pickup truck. Now, Ford's making an electric version. WSJ's Mike Colias and Dan Neil explain why Ford's making the move and why it's a big test for the future of electric vehicles.
Early last year, a few vaccine experts created a group that would help make sure all countries had access to covid vaccines. Called Covax, this initiative hit problem after problem. WSJ's Gabriele Steinhauser explains how this ambitious plan came undone.
A man in a wolf mask. A wild gamble. A fortune passed on from a deceased uncle. Years before the world learned about WallStreetBets, WallStreetBets learned about the YOLO. On episode two of To The Moon, we meet the guy who started it all.
When GameStop's stock surged this winter, Wall Street was shocked to learn that a bunch of amateur investors had all piled in. Who were these people and where had they come from? On episode one of To The Moon, we meet the force that shook Wall Street and hear what it's like to suddenly see $800,000 in your account.
Early this year, a storm of intrigue brewed online around the electric vehicle company Lucid Motors and its potential merger with a SPAC. WSJ's Eliot Brown explains how the buzz helped drive the valuation sky high and ultimately left some investors burned.
A year after the murder of George Floyd, the Justice Department is stepping up its oversight of local police departments. Last month, the DOJ opened investigations into police conduct in Minneapolis and Louisville. WSJ's Sadie Gurman talks to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta about why the federal government is doing this, and the head of Newark, N.J. police talks about what it's like when th...
An activist investor is trying to take over four seats on Exxon's board of directors, arguing the company should cut its emissions by 2050. But Exxon is pushing back. WSJ's Christopher M. Matthews previews the shareholder meeting showdown, where the fight will be decided.
In January, a group of Redditors started pouring their savings into the stock of GameStop, a struggling video game retailer. Overnight, everything Wall Street thought it understood about how small-time traders invest changed. While the moment may have surprised Wall Street, it was years in the making. This is a trailer for our series, To The Moon. Out May 30th.
A strange thing happened last year after the rental car company Hertz filed for bankruptcy: its stock took off. Old hands on Wall Street thought that the people buying the stock - individual investors with no ties to institutions - were making a bad bet. But now, WSJ's Alexander Gladstone says, the little guys are getting the last laugh and seeing a big windfall.
Car sales have been skyrocketing, but dealers have a big worry: they're running low on cars to sell. The problem isn't expected to be resolved anytime soon. WSJ's Mike Colias explains how a tiny computer chip at the end of the auto industry's long and complex supply chain is causing big problems.
When AT&T bought Time Warner and DirecTV, it set out to build a media empire that could take on companies like Netflix and Disney. But after three years and a $100 billion price tag, AT&T is giving up on that dream. WSJ's Marcelo Prince says without media assets, AT&T is back to being the utility it once was.
Banks could begin issuing credit cards to people without credit scores thanks to an effort by a banking regulator to make lending more racially equitable. WSJ's AnnaMaria Andriotis tells the story of how Black Lives Matter protests sparked the effort and explains how the lending would work.
Facebook has proposed making a version of Instagram for children under 13, and the idea has prompted an outcry from lawmakers and regulators on both sides of the aisle. WSJ's Brad Reagan on Facebook's plan and New Jersey's Attorney General on why he is against it.
Colonial Pipeline supplies fuel to more than a dozen states. Last Friday, a ransomware attack forced its shutdown, causing a massive shortage of gasoline. WSJ's Robert McMillan says the group behind the attack, Darkside, and others like it represent a broader threat to corporate America and the country's infrastructure.
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, have made a multi-billion dollar market out of digital items like pixelated cats, basketball highlight videos and even tweets. WSJ's Caitlin Ostroff explains the history of the technology and why NFTs could move beyond digital collectibles into the physical world.
WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani took charge of the office space company just as the pandemic hit. He's now on the brink of bringing WeWork public. We speak to Mathrani about his time at WeWork, his relationship with cofounder Adam Neumann, and the future of office work.
Elon Musk's SpaceX has been building out its operations in Boca Chica, Texas and pressuring residents to sell their homes. WSJ's Nancy Keates explains why some residents are pushing back, and a homeowner explains the challenges of living next to a launchpad.
Oil giant Chevron has been locked in a decades-long legal battle with people living in the Ecuadorian Amazon, who claim they were harmed by oil drilling. After a $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador in 2011, the company has fought back hard. WSJ's Sara Randazzo tells the story, and the plaintiff's lawyer, Steven Donziger, speaks about the case while under house arrest.
Housing prices around the country have been skyrocketing. WSJ's Nicole Friedman explains what makes the hot market so unusual. And a real estate agent and a prospective buyer from Boise, Idaho, share how the boom is changing their city.
As Covid-19 cases were spiking in India, the government said it had removed dozens of social media posts relating to the outbreak. WSJ's Newley Purnell traces the ongoing conflict between the government and global tech giants over freedom of speech in the world's largest democracy.
Black and Latina women have been disproportionally affected by job losses during the pandemic. They're also one of the most financially fragile groups in this country. We talk with three women of color about what getting laid off in the pandemic has meant for them.
After longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek died last November, the show has been running a public search for a replacement, with guest hosts like Aaron Rodgers and LeVar Burton. We talk with the show's executive producer, Mike Richards, about how the search is going.
There's a disconnect in the lumber market. The price of lumber is the highest it's ever been, but the price of the timber - the raw material - is at record lows. WSJ's Ryan Dezember on the paradox of the lumber market and tree farmer Joe Hopkins on how he's getting through this strange moment.
WSJ's Shan Li covered the pandemic's start in Wuhan, China. Now, she is in the midst of the world's worst outbreak yet, in India. Shan told us about what it's like on the ground as numbers rise dramatically and resources are in short supply.
The Biden administration has made big promises to fight climate change. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm discusses the push for clean energy and what it means for the U.S. oil and gas industry. Plus, WSJ's Russell Gold explores what's next for oil companies.
Imaad Zuberi's jet-setting lifestyle afforded him high-profile connections all around the world and made him a heavyweight donor in DC. But at the same time, according to documents, Zuberi was also collecting information for the CIA. WSJ's Byron Tau tells the story of Zuberi's rise and fall.
Twelve of the biggest teams in European soccer announced Sunday they were forming a "Super League." 48 hours later, the plan was dead. WSJ's Joshua Robinson explains how a backlash from fans killed an audacious plan to remake the business of soccer.
More than 130 rural hospitals across the U.S. have closed since 2010, while even more have cut back on services. WSJ's Brian Spegele shares the story of one Wyoming community where residents are fighting a decline in services at their local hospital by doing something drastic: creating a hospital of their own.
Dr. Özlem Türeci is the chief medical officer of BioNTech, which created the first Covid-19 vaccine to be authorized in the U.S. We speak with Dr. Türeci about the technology behind the vaccine and the promise it holds for treating other diseases.
Bernie Madoff died this week in prison while serving a 150-year sentence for masterminding one of the biggest financial frauds. We speak with one of his victims, and WSJ's Jamie Heller explains how Madoff stole millions of dollars from his clients in his notorious Ponzi scheme.
Six cases of a rare blood clotting disorder have led U.S. health officials to pause the use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine. Though it's not known if the vaccine is behind the blood clotting, WSJ's Jonathan D. Rockoff says the pause could impact efforts to vaccinate the country.
As the country watches the trial of the police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis is reeling from the killing of another unarmed Black man by police in a nearby suburb. WSJ's Erin Ailworth describes the tension on the ground.
With the launch of her latest investment fund, Cathie Wood is betting big on outer space. But it's not the first time she's backed a nascent industry. WSJ's Michael Wursthorn says she's become a star investor by backing innovative companies, delighting investors and attracting critics along the way.
In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan ushered in an era of limited government that lasted for decades. President Biden's new plans and proposals set out to change that. WSJ's Jacob M. Schlesinger traces the history of how big government became taboo in Washington and explains why Biden wants to take a new approach.
The number of migrants at the southern U.S. border reached a 15-year high last month, after rising for several months, leading to a humanitarian crisis for the Biden administration. WSJ's Juan Montes spoke to migrants about why they are coming now, and Alicia Caldwell explains the Biden administration's response.
After a group of Black executives condemned a new voting law in Georgia, some of the state's biggest businesses, like Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, voiced their own concerns. WSJ's Cameron McWhirter walks through the controversial law that's fraying the relationship between state Republicans and the business community.
Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund known for its cost-cutting approach to local newspapers, had made a bid to buy Tribune Publishing, a conglomerate of local papers including the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun. Then, a billionaire put in an offer of his own. WSJ's Lukas Alpert details the face-off between the hedge fund and the billionaire, which could forever change the newspapers caught in...
Since Bill Hwang got in trouble with regulators for insider trading about a decade ago, the Wall Street veteran has built his investments back up. And last week, he was behind a more than $30 billion selloff that hit some blue-chip companies. WSJ's Juliet Chung charts Hwang's rise and untangles how he sent stocks into a tailspin.
Even before the debacle at the Suez Canal, it had been a challenging year for the shipping industry. WSJ's Costas Paris explains why the timing of this incident was especially bad for the global supply chain. And one captain talks about his trying year.
Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala. are wrapping up voting today on a big decision: whether to unionize. We hear from a worker who's in favor of unionizing and one who's opposed. And, WSJ's Sebastian Herrera describes what's at stake for Amazon.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association faces mounting pressure to let its athletes get paid. WSJ's Rachel Bachman traces the changes in public opinion on the issue and outlines what's at stake in an upcoming Supreme Court case. Plus, a University of Iowa star Jordan Bohannon shares why he started the hashtag #notNCAAproperty ... and why his team purloined a rug.
Countries around the world had high hopes for AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, but it's run into problems. WSJ's Jenny Strasburg explains how manufacturing issues, a scare about side effects and questions about AstraZeneca's trial data have undermined faith in the shot.
As he prepared to reopen his chain of Chinese restaurants in New York City last year, Jason Wang worried about two different dangers facing his employees: coronavirus and racist attacks. Plus, WSJ's Akane Otani spends an evening with a volunteer safety patrol in a majority Asian-American neighborhood.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma was a rock star of China's business world. Now, he's an outcast. WSJ's Lingling Wei and Keith Zhai reveal how Ma fell out of favor with Beijing and what that means for other entrepreneurs in China.
At the WSJ, a recurring feature known as the A-hed captures the bizarre twists and turns of everyday life. It took on a whole new meaning over the past year. Today, we share five A-hed stories - from trying to plant a garden to learning to ride a bike.
Lex Greensill went from farm boy to financier with a simple mission: to bring big bank financing to small business supply chains. But as WSJ reporter Duncan Mavin says, his ambition for growth and risky lending caused his namesake company to implode.
As Covid-19 vaccinations race along, elderly Black and Latino people are getting left behind. WSJ's Daniela Hernandez explains why. We also talk to a doctor trying to get his elderly father a vaccine and a community organizer in Miami.
Elmhurst Hospital in Queens was at the epicenter of New York City's Covid-19 outbreak. WSJ's Katie Honan speaks to three doctors who were inside the hospital as that crisis was unfolding about what it was like and how they're coping now.
In the last 10 years, China has cornered the market on a key ingredient needed for electric car batteries: lithium. Now, one company is trying to change that by mining the metal in America. WSJ's Scott Patterson tells the story of Piedmont Lithium and one of its founders, geologist Lamont Leatherman.
Google says that by next year it will completely do away with third-party cookies, and it won't support any technology that tries to replace them. WSJ's Sam Schechner talks about what the move means for Google, and he bids goodbye to the rhino t-shirt that follows him everywhere.
Ana Liss describes what she says was inappropriate behavior from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when she worked in his office from 2013 to 2015. WSJ's Jimmy Vielkind talks about the scandals swirling around the three-term governor that have led to calls for his resignation.
After already spending more than $3 trillion on economic relief packages this past year, Congress is set to pass another $1.9 trillion bill. We speak with top White House economist Jared Bernstein about the benefits - and risks - of so much spending.
Even with high unemployment, certain industries are having a hard time finding enough workers. WSJ's Sarah Chaney Cambon explains why some companies are increasing wages and benefits as a result. We also talk to Aaron Jagdfeld, the CEO of a generator company, about the lengths he's taken to recruit workers.
AMC, the world's largest movie theater chain, was facing possible bankruptcy after the pandemic dried up moviegoing. But early this year, retail investors rallied to #SaveAMC. WSJ's Alexander Gladstone spoke with AMC CEO Adam Aron about how he set the company up to benefit from an unexpected stroke of luck.
Novavax is a vaccine company that for decades never brought a vaccine to market. Before the pandemic, they were on the verge of bankruptcy. WSJ's Gregory Zuckerman and Novavax's Dr. Gregory Glenn explain how the company's fortunes are now changing thanks to its Covid-19 vaccine, which is delivering promising results.
Major film studios are starting to embrace a strategy never before seen in Hollywood: releasing films directly to streaming. Director Lee Daniels joins us to discuss what that change has meant for his new film, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," and what it could mean for the future of filmmaking.
Facebook's new oversight board is preparing to rule on whether Donald Trump should be banned from Facebook permanently. We talk with one of the board's co-chairs, former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, about how the board is weighing the decision and what it means for free speech on the platform.
Billy Markus created the cryptocurrency Dogecoin on a lark, based on a viral dog meme. Eight years later, his creation is worth billions of dollars. Markus and WSJ's Caitlin Ostroff explain how crypto's jokiest coin went to the moon.
Dominion Voting Systems, the voting-machine maker, was swept up in a storm of allegations about its role in the 2020 election. We speak with Dominion's CEO, and WSJ's Alexa Corse describes how the company is fighting back.
Last year, President Trump banned most new visas for foreign workers, arguing unemployed Americans would take those jobs instead. But as WSJ's Alicia Caldwell told us, even with high unemployment, many of those positions were left unfilled.
Judge John Gleeson spent his career putting high-profile and dangerous criminals behind bars, but now he is on a mission to reduce sentences for some inmates convicted under mandatory minimum sentences. We talk to the WSJ's Corinne Ramey, Judge John Gleeson and one man who's been freed by the Judge's strategy.
Australia is poised to pass a law that would compel tech companies like Google and Facebook to pay news organizations for links. In response, Google threatened to turn off search, and Facebook said it wouldn't let users share articles. WSJ's Mike Cherney explains what's at stake.
Companies with no business plan, no profit, and no revenue are flooding Wall Street. They're called SPACs, and investors are pouring money into them. WSJ's Maureen Farrell explains the forces behind the market's SPAC boom and what it could mean for investors.
Donald Trump is the first president to be impeached twice. Now, the Senate will vote on whether or not to convict him. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes outlines what's different about this impeachment and what problems it could raise on both sides of the aisle.
When Vincent Orr decided to buy a house, he didn't get a mortgage. He paid cash, and he's not alone. WSJ's Ben Eisen explains why Black Detroiters still have a tough time getting mortgages decades after racist redlining policies officially ended.
In the middle of the GameStop frenzy last week, Robinhood users woke up to find they couldn't buy many of the market's hottest stocks. The app had placed unprecedented restrictions on trading. WSJ's Peter Rudegeair explains why Robinhood did it and the backlash it's facing as a result.
As the vaccine rollout around the country hits obstacles, corporate America says there's a better way. WSJ's Sarah Krouse explains how companies are stepping in to address distribution woes, and one CEO details his company's effort.
President Biden revoked the permit for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline on his first day in office. But as a candidate early in the presidential race, the pipeline wasn't a priority. WSJ's Tim Puko explains how the pipeline became a symbol and day-one agenda item for the Biden White House.
A group of investors on Reddit are driving up the stock price of GameStop, going against Wall Street consensus that the video game retailer's days are numbered. WSJ's Gunjan Banerji explains how they're working together to make the stock soar - and make a lot of money for themselves in the process.
The U.S. job market made a remarkable comeback in 2020, after the pandemic wiped out more than 20 million jobs. But it wasn't nearly enough for a full recovery. WSJ's Eric Morath explains why many economists think that 2021 could be a record-setting year for job growth - and how that optimistic outlook could fall apart.
For years, two billionaire investors battled over the fate of Herbalife, a nutritional shake company. This month, we saw the final chapter of the strange saga that WSJ's David Benoit likens to "Mean Girls meets Wall Street."
Reporter Peter Grant has been walking one stretch of Brooklyn since the beginning of the pandemic, talking to struggling business owners. Recently, he's found a new phenomenon: people who've decided now is the right time to open a new business.
As the end of Donald Trump's presidency approached, the Trump Organization believed there was money to be made after Trump left the White House. WSJ's Brian Spegele and Rebecca Ballhaus explain how the assault on the U.S. Capitol could upend those plans.
The U.S. military completed one of the most significant drawdowns of the Afghan war today. There are now just 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, the lowest number since 2001. WSJ's Sune Rasmussen went to Kabul to hear from Afghans what the withdrawal means for them, and their country.
Google, Apple and Amazon took steps over the weekend to effectively shut down the social media site Parler, which had been used to organize the attack on the Capitol. WSJ's Keach Hagey explains why they did it and what it means for the future of speech and tech.
House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump this week, accusing him of "incitement of insurrection." WSJ's Siobhan Hughes, who covered Mr. Trump's first impeachment, explains how this impeachment could play out differently.
Silicon Valley has long been resistant to organized labor, but last week a group of Google employees announced the formation of a union. WSJ's Bodeya Tweh on the activism that led to this moment and union member Andrew Gainer-Dewar on why he joined.
In the weeks before Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol, people were openly planning violence online. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman describes the patchwork of policies that have allowed extremists to organize on the internet.
Ahead of Tuesday's high-stakes Senate runoffs in Georgia, WSJ's Cameron McWhirter talked to Republican voters to understand how Trump's barrage of attacks on their governor and secretary of state is affecting their vote and their loyalty to the party.
This year, members of a small Michigan church tried to do something America has struggled to: find common ground. WSJ's Janet Adamy watched-and recorded-as the group tried to navigate its political divisions in just 11 conversations.
Two decades ago, black employees sued Coca-Cola for racial discrimination. The company pledged to turn things around -- and it did. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney and Lauren Weber explain how Coke successfully transformed itself into a more equitable company...and how it failed to stay that way.
After the pandemic forced restaurants across the U.S. to close, award-winning chef José Andrés had an idea: He could mobilize those shuttered kitchens to help feed the hungry. Chef Andrés joins us to talk about an unprecedented year for his industry.
Americans are now getting vaccinated, starting with health-care workers and people with conditions that make them vulnerable. We talk with Dr. Shereef Elnahal, president and CEO of University Hospital, the only public hospital in New Jersey, about how that process is playing out.
Mariah Carey released "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 26 years ago to moderate success. Today, the song is a mega-hit and Christmas playlist staple. What happened? WSJ's John Jurgensen called up the "Queen of Christmas" to find out.
The Federal Trade Commission and 48 attorneys general sued Facebook Wednesday, accusing the company of being anticompetitive and seeking to break off Instagram and WhatsApp. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman lays out the government's case and Facebook's defense.
President-elect Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are leaders of opposing parties, but their similar backgrounds and political upbringings give them common ground at the negotiating table. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes tells us what their relationship means for Biden's policy agenda.
A peace treaty called the Abraham Accords has played a vital role in the Trump Administration's effort to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East. WSJ's Dion Nissenbaum tells the story of the general who orchestrated a daring mission that helped make the historic treaty possible.
Schools are facing a wave of increasingly aggressive ransomware attacks, with hackers seeking ransoms in the tens of thousands of dollars. WSJ's Tawnell Hobbs takes us inside the world of hackers, and we talk with a school technology director in Texas who got hacked this summer.
When Coca-Cola announced it was discontinuing Tab, its long-running diet soda brand, it left a small band of fiercely loyal soda fans in the lurch. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney talks about the rise and long decline of Tab, and Ryan goes in search of the elusive pink can.
Conservatives upset by Twitter and Facebook's approach to content moderation are finding an alternative: Parler. WSJ's Keach Hagey explains why the buzzy social network's commitment to free speech is both an asset and a liability.
Pfizer and BioNTech asked the Food and Drug Administration today to authorize their Covid-19 vaccine. We talk with the visionary scientist who developed the vaccine, Dr. Ugur Sahin, and the WSJ's Bojan Pancevski about what could be the fastest vaccine ever developed and approved.
The Paycheck Protection Program was supposed to save small businesses after Covid-19 shut down the economy. Its legacy is more complicated. WSJ's Ryan Tracy walks us through the mounting cases of PPP fraud and whether the program ultimately proved effective.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is managing Georgia's hand recount. We speak with him about how it's going and how he's countering the criticism from fellow Republicans about the election he ran earlier this month.
As new U.S. coronavirus cases and hospitalizations reach record highs, we talk with Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of president-elect Joe Biden's Covid-19 advisory board. She explains how a Biden administration will handle the pandemic and what Americans need to do to get the virus under control.
President-elect Joe Biden is setting up his administration, but he's still waiting on the sign off of a federal agency to get the resources he needs. WSJ's Andrew Restuccia explains the role of the General Services Administration in the presidential transfer of power.
Pfizer announced that its Covid-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective in final stage trials. We talk to WSJ's Jared Hopkins about what still needs to happen before the FDA approves the vaccine and the biggest obstacles ahead for distributing a vaccine across the globe.
It's Election Day, and all eyes are on the battleground states that will likely decide the next president. WSJ reporters on the ground in Texas, Georgia and Pennsylvania talk about what they're seeing and how voters are feeling.
California is voting on how companies classify gig workers, a measure that has become the most expensive ballot proposition in the state's history. WSJ's Preetika Rana explains what's at stake for companies like Uber and Lyft and why the outcome could matter to drivers and customers everywhere.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are approaching a key issue - the economy - in different ways. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath looks at President Trump's economic record and talks us through both candidates' economic plans.
The streaming platform Quibi broke onto the scene earlier this year with tons of cash and a Hollywood visionary at the helm. Six months later, the company is shutting down. WSJ's Benjamin Mullin talks through the high hopes for Quibi and the platform's dramatic fall from grace.
Tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Graham Weston caught Covid from an asymptomatic carrier. Now, he's embarking on a mission to control the virus through cheap, widespread testing - starting off in one Texas town. WSJ's Rob Copeland explains the experiment.
The Atlanta Hawks decided to turn their basketball arena into a voting site in response to the George Floyd protests. CEO Steve Koonin talks about what went into that transformation and what it means for a private company to get involved in an election.
Several recent corporate financial scandals have had one thing in common: the main companies involved were all audited by Ernst & Young. WSJ's Ken Brown explains how problems at one of the world's largest accounting firms might signal issues for the wider world of auditing.
States rushed to distribute unemployment benefits to millions of people in the spring. In the process, thousands received more money than they should have. WSJ's Lauren Weber explains how some states overpaid pandemic assistance and why they're now asking for that money back.
The Trump Organization has over $400 million worth of debt coming due over the next several years. WSJ's Brian Spegele explains the debts and the myriad challenges that will come with refinancing if President Trump wins a second term.
Next week, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face senators during her Supreme Court confirmation hearing. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes looks back at Barrett's previous confirmation hearing in 2017 for clues about how she might handle next week's questioning.
Headlines from RT, a Kremlin-backed outlet, have appeared on the websites of prominent U.S. publications. WSJ's Keach Hagey explains how a news aggregator dominated by conservative media sites has helped RT reach U.S. readers.
President Trump's illness is pushing Vice President Mike Pence into a larger role in the campaign. WSJ's Andrew Restuccia explains how the president's diagnosis is changing the race and previews the vice presidential debate Wednesday.
After Florida granted the right to vote to felons who've completed their sentence, the state legislature passed a law requiring them to pay off all fees, fines and restitution first. WSJ's Jon Kamp and Coulter Jones describe the scramble to raise money and the ramifications for the election.
President Trump has tested positive for Covid-19 and is displaying mild symptoms, according to the White House. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus takes us through Trump's packed schedule over the past few days and explains what his diagnosis may mean for his campaign.
There only four Black CEOs in the Fortune 500. What's stopping Black professionals from getting the top jobs? Dr. Adia Wingfield explains the concrete ceiling many Black workers face and Telisa Yancy, COO at American Family Insurance, tells her story of making it to the top.
Michael Le is one of TikTok's biggest stars, and he's leveraged that fame to buy a house and support his entire family. Now, President Trump's potential ban of the Chinese social media app is putting all that at risk. Le talks about his rise to fame on TikTok and what his plan B looks like.
The police shooting of Breonna Taylor has put a spotlight on Louisville, Ky. and its police department. We speak with Yvette Gentry, the city's incoming police chief, about how she hopes to change the department.
The pandemic is forcing election officials across the U.S. to prepare for unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots while also ensuring that in-person voting is safe. We speak with the chief elections official in North Carolina about whether the state is ready.
When the stock market went plummeting in March, many companies shelved plans to go public. Just six months later, we're in the middle of a historic IPO boom. WSJ's Corrie Driebusch explains what is driving the rush to go public and some of the unique ways that people are cashing in.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death injected the prospect of a bitter nomination fight into the final weeks of the presidential campaign. WSJ's Siobhan Hughes explains the origins of that fight, and Viveca Novak looks at how it could affect the cases before the court this year.
As coronavirus spread through homeless shelters this spring, many cities moved people to hotels to keep them safe. A group of doctors running one hotel in Chicago saw an opportunity: With new funding, they tried to find housing for the hotel residents in under four months. WSJ's Joe Barrett has been following their effort, and Dr. Tom Huggett talks about what it took to meet the deadline.
The conglomerate LVMH struck the largest acquisition deal in the history of the luxury goods industry last year, agreeing to purchase Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion. Last week, LVMH announced it was backing out of the deal. WSJ's Matthew Dalton walks us through how the historic deal has gone awry.
Oregon's wildfires have taken at least 10 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and burned more than a million acres. The state's director of Emergency Management shares how the state is responding to this fire and preparing for worse fires in the future.
Nine drug companies issued an unusual pledge yesterday: They all agreed not to seek FDA authorization for a coronavirus vaccine until it is proven safe and effective. WSJ's Jared Hopkins explains what drove these vaccine rivals to unite behind the same message.
The trading app Robinhood was founded with the goal of democratizing investing so that buying and selling stocks wasn't just for the wealthy. But does the app make it too easy? WSJ's Michael Wursthorn explains how the app has drawn scrutiny from financial and behavioral experts.
WSJ's Erin Ailworth reported from Minneapolis in the days after George Floyd was killed. Recently, she went back to talk to people who knew Floyd and whose lives were forever changed by his death. Here's what she found.
Protests have taken a deadly turn in the last two weeks and authorities say extremists are responsible. WSJ's Dan Frosch outlines the recent rise of extremism in America, and explains why experts predicted that this kind of violence would happen.
New York City had been moving ahead with plans to bring students back to the classroom next week, over the objections of teachers. But this week, things changed. WSJ's Leslie Brody explains how a clash between the mayor and the teachers union altered the city's back-to-school plans.
After months of preparation and planning, the fall college semester is here. But not all reopening plans are working. WSJ's Melissa Korn explains the disparate college plans to prevent Covid-19, and a student describes what it's like on a campus with an outbreak.
President Trump capped off the Republican convention with his acceptance speech last night. WSJ's Mike Bender dissects the case Republicans made for Trump's re-election and Emily Stephenson explains where the campaigns go from here.
Dr. Angela Branche of the University of Rochester Medical Center is working to recruit Black participants for Covid-19 vaccine trials. She explains why the diversity of the trials may affect who trusts the vaccine once it comes out.
Many businesses are requiring employees to get tested for Covid-19 in order to return to work. We speak with one small-business owner who routinely tests her workers about whether it has helped keep employees safe and what testing expenses have meant for her bottom line.
Last night was the second night of fires and protests in Kenosha, Wis., following a police shooting of a Black man there. WSJ's Erin Ailworth describes what it's like on the ground and how the death of George Floyd factors into how these protests are playing out.
After George Floyd was killed, corporations promised to put money toward fighting racial inequality. Netflix put $10 million into a credit union in Mississippi. We speak with Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union's CEO, about the why that deposit matters.
Former Trump aide Steve Bannon was arrested and charged today in an alleged scheme to siphon money out of a nonprofit organization for personal expenses. WSJ's Ashby Jones and Elizabeth Findell explain the origins of the group and the case against Bannon.
With many schools starting the new year virtually and some employers calling people back to the office, working parents are in a crunch. WSJ's Christina Rexrode explains how parents are scrambling to find and pay for childcare, and what it could mean for the economy.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have come together as the Democratic ticket and will take to the airwaves at the convention next week. WSJ's Sabrina Siddiqui explains Biden's message, how Harris fits into it and what to expect from the virtual convention.
The attorney general of New York yesterday filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association. Her case alleges that four top executives used the organization for lavish personal expenses. WSJ's Mark Maremont and Jennifer Forsyth explain.
The Trump administration announced last week that it would be giving Kodak a $765 million loan to make pharmaceutical chemicals. WSJ's Geoffrey Rogow and Theo Francis explain how the deal came about and how it has set off an SEC investigation.
TikTok has faced mounting pressure from the White House over security concerns, leading to secret discussions to sell the Chinese-owned app's U.S. operations to Microsoft. WSJ's Brad Reagan explains how the deal nearly imploded over the weekend.
Employers are getting sued by workers who got sick - and the families of workers who died - from Covid-19 after being on the job. They say the companies failed to protect them from the virus. WSJ's Janet Adamy explains what's behind the litigation and what it means for reopening businesses.
Oregon and the Trump administration today reached a deal for federal agents to begin withdrawing from the city of Portland. WSJ's Miriam Gottfried explains the bind in which Portland's mayor has found himself and how other liberal mayors may face the same challenges.
The European Union passed an unprecedented relief package this week to help member countries hit hard by the coronavirus. WSJ's Bojan Pancevski takes us inside the backstory to that decision and explains what it could mean for the future of the EU.
The Paycheck Protection Program helped small businesses keep paying their workers during this economic crisis. Now, many of those businesses have spent those funds but are still struggling. WSJ's Amara Omeokwe explains why that's forcing many small businesses to lay off workers.
The U.S. oil industry is going through a deep downturn, and oil towns in West Texas are feeling the pain. WSJ's Christopher M. Matthews explains what it looks like when a town goes from boom to bust in record time, and what it could mean for the rest of the economy.
Professional basketball and baseball players return to work this month under dramatically different conditions. WSJ's Ben Cohen and Jared Diamond explain why Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association ended up with such different plans for playing in the pandemic.
Facebook, Google and Twitter have stopped processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong after China imposed a new national security law. WSJ's Newley Purnell explains what led to the standoff and what it could mean for other companies there.
Millions of U.S. businesses hit by the pandemic have insurance they hope will cover their losses, sparking one of the biggest legal fights in the history of the industry. WSJ's Leslie Scism tells the story of one lawyer's fight to make the industry pay.
A growing number of companies are pulling their advertising from Facebook, including Unilever, Target and Ben & Jerry's. WSJ's Suzanne Vranica explains the ad boycott and the history of tensions between the tech giant and its biggest advertisers.
Millennials who graduated into the last recession face lower salaries, are less likely to own their homes and tend to marry later. And now, because of the pandemic, some may decide to delay having children. Allison Pohle, a reporter for WSJ Noted, explains.
Coronavirus cases are spiking again in the U.S. WSJ's Brianna Abbott explains the dynamics of the outbreak, and Phoenix hospital administrator Dr. Michael White talks about how his hospital is taking lessons from New York's experience with the virus.
The Trump administration this week suspended a wide range of employment visas through the end of the year. WSJ's Michelle Hackman explains how the immigration restrictions could impact the American economy - from Silicon Valley to the Jersey Shore
President Trump resumed campaigning this weekend with a rally in Tulsa. WSJ's Michael Bender interviewed the president and explains how his messaging has changed since the coronavirus locked down the economy and protests swept the country.
Activists united under the banner of Black Lives Matter have pushed for reforms at the local and state level since 2013. Now, their policy priorities are finding traction. WSJ's Arian Campo-Flores recounts the efforts that led to this moment.
A dramatic rise in the stock market has an odd feature: Stocks in bankrupt companies and other risky bets are also climbing. WSJ's Gregory Zuckerman explains what has individual investors, many of them new to the market, jumping in.
Coronavirus cases are on the rise - and in some cases spiking - in many states that are reopening. We talk to two top health officials from Oregon and Alabama about the different ways their states are handling new outbreaks and whether they could reinstate shutdowns.
Luckin Coffee was supposed to disrupt China's coffee market. But a Wall Street Journal investigation has found that the company used fake coffee orders, fake supply orders and even a fake employee to fabricate nearly half its sales last year. WSJ's Jing Yang explains Luckin's scheme.
Black employment had climbed to a record level before the pandemic undid that progress in a matter of weeks. WSJ's Amara Omeokwe explains the fragility in the economic situation of black Americans and what that could mean for their recovery.
Activists are demanding a radical reshaping of police departments across the country. Years before this movement, one city scrapped its police department and started from scratch. Camden, N.J.'s former police chief Scott Thomson explains how they rebuilt, and what happened.
Employees at Facebook have resigned, staged a virtual walkout and publicly expressed their outrage over the company's decision to preserve a post by President Trump on the platform that some employees say was a call for violence. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman explains the internal dissent at the company.
The protests and unrest that have swept the country after the killing of George Floyd have recalled the riots and demonstrations of the 1960s. Historian Rick Perlstein talks about the similarities and differences between that time and now.
Around the country, small businesses suffered damage from looting and unrest this past week. WSJ's Scott Calvert went to one hard-hit neighborhood in Philadelphia to talk to small business owners like Shelby Jones. Mr. Jones reflects on the damage his business suffered and why he will continue protesting.
As big corporations make public statements of outrage over the death of George Floyd, black employees are dealing with complicated workplace dynamics around race and police brutality. Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts explains her research on how workplaces should confront race, and two employees describe what it's like at their workplaces right now.
The protests sparked by the death of George Floyd have spread widely across the U.S. for the last week. Today, a protestor shares why he decided to demonstrate, and a professor explains the pandemic's relationship to the protests.
For the first time, Twitter took steps to fact check and shield from view certain tweets from President Trump. In response, the President signed an executive order targeting Section 230, which protects social media companies from legal liability for content posted on their sites. Deepa Seetharaman explains what's behind the fight.
After China announced plans to impose new national security laws on Hong Kong, the U.S. declared the city was no longer autonomous. WSJ's James Areddy explains the significance of the back and forth over Hong Kong's status.
A bar in the Swiss Alps. A megachurch in South Korea. Scientists are focusing on certain superspreading events that might be responsible for an outsized portion of coronavirus cases. Bojan Pancevski explains how this understanding could be key to reopening.
The pandemic has forced almost everyone to change the way they work. Many of those changes have been emotionally challenging. Today, a listener shares her story about how her work has been affected, and therapist Esther Perel helps make sense of it all.
As states consider their options for holding an election in a pandemic, a political battle is brewing over proposals to expand mail-in balloting this November. WSJ's Alexa Corse explains what it would take for states to switch to mail-in balloting and why it's such a contentious idea.
Consumer debt had climbed to record levels before the pandemic. WSJ's AnnaMaria Andriotis explains what's happening now that millions of people are unable to make payments on credit cards and auto loans.
Airlines have strained to survive after travel dried up because of the coronavirus pandemic. WSJ's Alison Sider explains how airlines are adjusting, and the CEO of Southwest Airlines paints a picture of what the future of flying might look like.
The FBI seized Sen. Richard Burr's cellphone as part of its investigation into stock trades he made before the coronavirus pandemic hit markets. WSJ's Sadie Gurman explains the investigation into Burr and other senators, and the insider-trading rules for members of Congress.
The Supreme Court put an end to the nearly seven-year drama over Bridgegate, ruling that a scheme to overwhelm a town with traffic jams wasn't federal fraud. WSJ's Ted Mann takes us through the saga and explains what the Supreme Court's ruling means for federal corruption cases.
New entrants have flocked to the market of selling masks, gloves and other medical gear for front-line workers. WSJ's Brody Mullins explains how that anarchic market is working and the struggles some new brokers have had fulfilling orders.
The federal government is spending big to combat the economic damage of the coronavirus crisis, and federal debt has climbed to record levels. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath explains the debate over the impact of all that debt.
When businesses reopen, one of the biggest hurdles will be figuring out how to get millions of people to work. Without a vaccine, packed rush hours won't be safe, and so heads of transit systems, like New York's Pat Foye, are thinking about what an alternative future might look like.
As companies figure out how to reopen their offices while keeping workers safe, some employers are turning to invasive new surveillance measures -- at the office and in workers' personal lives. WSJ's Chip Cutter explains why heightened surveillance at work could outlast the pandemic.
For years, Airbnb's rental platform offered millions of people the chance to make money on their own terms. Now, with travel near a standstill, those hosts are scrambling to keep their rental properties afloat. WSJ's Tripp Mickle and Preetika Rana explain the rise and sudden collapse of hosting on Airbnb
Michigan's stay-at-home orders are among the strictest in the country. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talks to The Journal about avoiding a second wave of cases, the economic damage to her state and the role of the federal government.
A movie featuring a bunch of neon-haired singing trolls might upend the relationship between movie studios and movie theaters. WSJ's Erich Schwartzel explains the drama set off by Universal Pictures's digital release of "Trolls World Tour."
After a weeks-long attempt at remote schooling, Superintendent Curtis Jones Jr. decided to end the school year early for his district of 21,000 students. We talk to Dr. Jones about that decision and what he thinks the next school year will look like.
As Major League Baseball looks at how it might reopen, one thing has become clear: Fans won't be attending games anytime soon. WSJ's Jared Diamond explains the league's efforts to return, and MLB announcer Joe Buck talks about passing the time with no sports.
The federal government's Paycheck Protection Program offered small businesses hundreds of billions of dollars so they could keep paying employees. WSJ's Bob Davis explains how big corporations ended up getting nearly $600 million of that money.
Vice President Mike Pence leads the White House's coronavirus task force. WSJ's Jerry Seib spoke with Pence about deficits in testing, the moves by some states to reopen businesses and a potential timeline for reopening the country.
Apple and Google are working together to try to turn billions of smartphones into coronavirus trackers. WSJ's Sam Schechner explains how the project will work and what it shows about the trade-offs between privacy and public health.
Nearly 17 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits in the last three weeks. WSJ's Eric Morath explains how the flood of applicants is overwhelming state systems and leaving many people without payments.
A key to fighting the coronavirus may be found in the blood of survivors. WSJ's Amy Dockser Marcus explains how scientists are ramping up plasma transfusions to try to help sick patients and to protect health-care workers from falling ill.
Jake Medwell and Drew Oetting, two venture capitalists and roommates in San Francisco, have become the improbable middlemen for hundreds of millions of protective supplies across four continents. WSJ's Rob Copeland explains how their operation works.
While millions of Americans are under lockdown, Amazon's warehouse and delivery workers are still hard at work. But some are starting to voice concerns over working conditions. One Amazon employee shares her experience, and WSJ's Sebastian Herrera explains how the pandemic may have given workers leverage to make their voices heard.
Companies have taken on more and more of a particular type of risky debt over the last five years, amounting to $1.2 trillion in outstanding loans. WSJ's Matt Wirz explains why that debt could make things much worse for an economy already in turmoil.
Facing shortages of critical equipment, medical workers must make life-or-death decisions about who receives care. WSJ's Joe Palazzolo reports from an emergency room that's running short on ventilators, and Chris Weaver explains the plans hospitals are putting in place to decide who gets them. Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at NYU's School of Medicine, talks about how hospitals think about these diff...
A Cold War-era law gives the president powers to mobilize private companies to help in emergencies. WSJ's Andrew Restuccia and Stephanie Armour explain why President Trump has been reluctant to put the law to use in the fight against the coronavirus.
After taking extreme measures to fight the coronavirus, China is beginning to open back up for business. WSJ's Lingling Wei and Patrick Barta explain why the country still faces an uphill battle to get its economy moving again.
President Trump has raised the possibility of relaxing social distancing guidelines faster than public health experts advise, saying it would help the economy. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus and Jon Hilsenrath explain the ongoing debate at the White House and how economists are evaluating the costs of combating the pandemic.
As many businesses grind to a halt, they face the prospect of not paying their bills and their workers. The American economy is hitting a serious cash crunch. WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath explains the problem and what the government is doing to try to fix it.
While the coronavirus pandemic brings much of the world to a halt, musicians, comedians and entertainers are trying to find ways to get their work out to the world. WSJ's Charles Passy talks about the effects on the industry, and performers Lenny Marcus, Jordan Klepper, Sumire Kudo and Nathan Vickery share their jokes - and their music.
As coronavirus cases keep rising, U.S. hospitals are scrambling to prepare. They are trying to avoid the fate of some hospitals in Italy that have been overwhelmed. WSJ's Melanie Evans explains what American hospitals are doing to get ready, and Marcus Walker reports from the epicenter of Italy's outbreak.
The new coronavirus crisis is leading to job cuts in the U.S. WSJ's Eric Morath explains which workers are most vulnerable and what mass layoffs would mean for the economy. We also talk with a contract worker at a convention center and a restaurant owner about how the pandemic is affecting their livelihoods.
Pharmaceutical companies are rushing to find drugs that can treat people infected with the coronavirus. WSJ's Joseph Walker explains which treatments are furthest along, and Dr. Andre Kalil, a researcher running one of the drug trials, talks about what's at stake.
The federal government's corruption investigation into the United Auto Workers ensnared its highest-ranking union official last week: a former president. WSJ's Nora Naughton explains what this means for the labor union that represents 400,000 members.
As the new coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, public health officials have only one tool at their disposal: containment. WSJ's Melanie Grayce West and Betsy McKay explain how these officials are working to keep the epidemic at bay.
The death toll for the new coronavirus in the U.S. rose to nine today. All of the victims are in Washington state, and the majority are linked to one nursing home. WSJ's Melanie Evans tells the story of how the outbreak unfolded there, and Tom Burton explains the government's response.
Rod Blagojevich's release from federal prison last month culminated a nearly two-year campaign to put his case on President Donald Trump's radar. WSJ's Jess Bravin explains how Mark Vargas, a Republican political consultant, pulled it off.
Bernie Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist, the first time a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has done so. Eliza Collins, who covers Bernie Sanders, and Jon Hilsenrath, who covers economics, explain what that means for Sanders and his rivals.
In 2016, Wells Fargo was slapped with a fine for creating fake accounts for customers. It was only the start of the bank's problems. WSJ's Rachel Louise Ensign explains what happened and what led to a $3 billion settlement last week.
Victoria's Secret announced yesterday that a private equity firm was buying control of the retailer. The sale caps a long decline for the brand as well as the end of Les Wexner's 57-year run as CEO of its parent company. WSJ's Khadeeja Safdar explains.
The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy this week. WSJ's Valerie Bauerlein and Andrew Scurria explain how the organization reached this point, after decades of declining membership and intensifying legal pressure over sex abuse allegations.
Carla DiBello used to be a reality TV producer in Los Angeles. Now, she's riding mega-yachts and attending business meetings with the world's richest people and is a direct conduit to one of the world's most influential investors: The Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund. WSJ's Justin Scheck details her rise to prominence.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has hugely outspent all other Democratic presidential candidates. His campaign is focusing its resources on Super Tuesday on March 3. WSJ's Tarini Parti and Michael Howard Saul look at whether his high-spending tactics could work.
China has marshaled its surveillance apparatus to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. WSJ's Shan Li reports from a quarantined hotel in the province where the outbreak started, and Patrick Barta explains how the government has mobilized.
The first results from the Iowa Democratic caucuses were released a day later than expected after a mobile app designed to report tallies had technical issues. WSJ's Eliza Collins and Deepa Seetharaman explain why the app was used in the first place and what went wrong.
China has responded to the spread of a deadly new virus by locking down cities and quarantining tens of millions of people. WSJ's Shan Li reports from the epicenter, and science editor Stefanie Ilgenfritz analyzes China's response to the new coronavirus.
Investigators hired by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos claimed last week that his phone was hacked by Saudi Arabia. WSJ's Justin Scheck and Michael Siconolfi explain the history of leaks of Bezos's texts, and how Bezos and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman became archenemies.
270 people were killed when a dam owned by the mining giant Vale collapsed. After a year-long investigation, WSJ's Samantha Pearson and Luciana Magalhaes explain the negligence and coverup inside one of Brazil's biggest companies.
Tesla's stock has been on a tear since late last year, and this week the company's valuation reached $100 billion. Investors who believe in the stock couldn't be happier. But others think the company is overvalued. WSJ's Gunjan Banerji explains the divide.
The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded for nearly a year after two deadly crashes. WSJ's Alison Sider explains how the plane's grounding has upended carriers like American Airlines and rippled through the aviation industry.
Attorney General William Barr criticized Apple on Monday for not helping the Department of Justice get into the iPhones of the Florida naval base shooter. WSJ's Bob McMillan explains Apple's philosophy on letting the government in.
Facing questions about his escape from Japan, former auto executive Carlos Ghosn defended himself against charges of financial crimes in a blistering and emotional press conference. WSJ's Nick Kostov explains Ghosn's defense.
Goldman Sachs helped Malaysia raise over $6 billion for its economic development fund, 1MDB. Prosecutors say much of the fund's money was then stolen. WSJ's Liz Hoffman explains the scandal and why the bank may soon face punishment for its alleged role.
Adam Neumann, WeWork's former CEO, has been under intense scrutiny since the company's fall from grace. But there's also another group of people behind the dramatic unraveling: WeWork's investors. WSJ's Maureen Farrell and Eliot Brown take us into the thinking of WeWork's biggest backers.
The U.S. announced a "phase one" trade deal with China last week, halting the trade war between the countries. WSJ's Jacob Schlesinger looks back on a year of escalating tariffs and explains what it was like for businesses caught in the middle.
A new California law requires businesses to reclassify many workers as employees rather than independent contractors. As the deadline to implement the law nears, some companies are confused about whether they're included. Others are opting out. WSJ's Christine Mai-Duc explains.
The Federal Trade Commission is considering a move that could stop Facebook from further integrating with WhatsApp and Instagram. WSJ's Deepa Seetharaman explains what the decision would mean for Facebook as it faces antitrust investigations.
It's the biggest IPO in history. Saudi Arabia's state-backed oil company, Aramco, started trading today. WSJ's Summer Said explains why the record-setting valuation was still a letdown for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and what it means for his leadership.
Just 10 days after he became the CEO of Bayer, Werner Baumann made the move to buy Monsanto. He was betting that the acquisition would make the company into an agricultural powerhouse. Instead, it opened Bayer up to tens of thousands of lawsuits and became one of the worst corporate deals in recent memory. WSJ's Ruth Bender explains.
The Justice Department is moving to terminate rules that have governed the film industry since the 1940s. WSJ's Erich Schwartzel explains why the rules were established in the first place, and a theater owner talks about what the end of the rules means for him.
As Renaissance Technologies grew into the world's most successful hedge fund, co-CEO Robert Mercer made a fortune. Then, he started spending it. In his new book, "The Man Who Solved the Market," WSJ's Greg Zuckerman followed Mercer's foray into political spending, and the consequences for the firm that Mercer helped build. Part two of a two-part series.
In the 1970s, Jim Simons left academia to pursue a wild idea: That he could beat the market using math. It would lead him to build the most successful hedge fund of all time. WSJ's Greg Zuckerman charted the rise of Simons's firm and the turmoil that roiled it in his new book, "The Man Who Solved the Market." Part one of a two-part series.
A 2019 Super Bowl ad kicked off a showdown between the maker of Bud Light and the maker of Coors Light. WSJ's Jennifer Maloney explains how that standoff has led to accusations of corporate espionage, two lawsuits and questions about the future of the beer industry.
A few weeks ago, WeWork was at a low point. It had slashed its valuation, canceled its IPO and was a few weeks away from running out of money. Now, its co-founder Adam Neumann is walking away with a fortune. WSJ's Maureen Farrell talks about WeWork's rapid fall and what comes next.
States and municipalities around the country have been seeking compensation from companies for the opioid crisis. WSJ's Sara Randazzo and Gordon Fairclough talk about how the lessons learned from tobacco settlements 20 years ago are complicating the process.
Diplomat Bill Taylor said Tuesday that President Trump made nearly $400 million in aid contingent on Ukraine investigating the president's political rivals. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus explains the significance of Taylor's impeachment testimony, and Siobhan Hughes talks about the reaction on Capitol Hill.
The same major investor is behind both Uber and WeWork: SoftBank's Vision Fund. Phred Dvorak talks about the rise of SoftBank's unorthodox founder, Masayoshi Son, and how his aggressive investment strategy is being put to the test.
This summer, a cluster of sick teenagers with pneumonia-like symptoms sparked a Wisconsin hospital to solve a medical mystery. Brianna Abbott explains how the doctors sounded the alarm on a public health crisis that has been linked to more than 10 deaths and 800 illnesses.
For years, Snap Inc. has been documenting all the ways it believes Facebook has tried to kill it, in a secret dossier called Project Voldemort. Deepa Seetharaman explains what's in Project Voldemort, and how it might factor into U.S. antitrust investigations of Facebook.
In the whistleblower complaint alleging abuse of power by Donald Trump, one man is mentioned more than 30 times: Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer. WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus explains how Giuliani's consulting work connects to this week's impeachment inquiry.
AT&T grew into a conglomerate by buying media companies like DirecTV and Time Warner. Now, activist investor Elliott Management is challenging that bigger-is-better strategy. WSJ's Marcelo Prince explains what Elliott wants, and what it means for AT&T and other big companies like it.
Attorneys general from 48 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico announced an antitrust investigation into Google's advertising business this week. Rob Copeland explains how Google's ad business works, how it grew so large and what has investigators concerned.
In an interview with WSJ's Gerald Seib, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks about his time working for President Trump, the threats facing the U.S. around the world, and what he'd like to see more of in American politics.
On Monday, a judge ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay Oklahoma $572 million for its role in the state's opioid crisis. And Tuesday, news broke that Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, is in talks to resolve more than 2,000 opioid cases in a deal worth as much as $12 billion. WSJ's Sara Randazzo explains what the past two days mean for the fight to hold drugmakers legally accountable.
A WSJ investigation has found that thousands of items offered by third-party sellers on Amazon have been declared unsafe, are deceptively labeled, or have been banned by federal regulators. Alexandra Berzon and Justin Scheck share the findings of their reporting.
A Wall Street Journal investigation shows that employees of Huawei, the Chinese telecom company, helped the governments of African nations intercept the communications of political opponents. Josh Chin tells the story of how Huawei technicians helped governments crack down.
As the trade war escalated into an emerging currency fight this week, the U.S. labeled China a currency manipulator. A similar historical rivalry - between the U.S. and Japan in the 1980s - shows how currency battles can play out. Mike Bird explains.
This weekend, two mass shootings claimed at least 31 lives. One of those shootings took place at the nation's largest private employer: Walmart. Reporters Valerie Bauerlein and Sarah Nassauer discuss the shooter's intentions and the implications for large retailers.
Capital One has prided itself on being a tech-forward bank. But earlier this year, the bank got hacked, and 106 million people had their information stolen. AnnaMaria Andriotis and Liz Hoffman talk about what happened and what it means for financial institutions.
Jeffrey Epstein, the financier recently indicted on sex trafficking charges, built a fortune of more than half a billion dollars. Ken Brown explains how Epstein amassed his wealth, and Jenny Strasburg looks at Deutsche Bank's role in Epstein's recent financial dealings.
Boris Johnson is now Prime Minister of the U.K. This raises the likelihood that the country could leave the European Union without a plan in place. Jason Douglas explains the economic impacts. Plus, what the company that made whistles for the Titanic has to do with it.
With all of the new technology that employees use at the office, companies have a lot more data on what their workers are doing. It is now cheaper and easier than ever for employers to spy on them. Sarah Krouse explains what's happening, and why there's little you can do about it.
Some investors say that for Uber to truly succeed, it needs to eliminate its competition. After two disappointing listings, can Uber and Lyft co-exist? Maureen Farrell has been covering Uber and Lyft's IPOs. Plus, a boss gets a major shock when he tries to help a sick employee.
One company was responsible for some of the biggest wildfires that have swept through California in the past few years, killing more than 100 people. That company? PG&E Corp., California's largest electric utility. As the state enters wildfire season, WSJ U.S. Energy Editor Miguel Bustillo talks about the company and what's in store.
Got a burst pipe or a broken down car? That plumber or mechanic you found on Google Maps might not be where they say they are. Or they might not be anywhere at all. Reporters Rob Copeland and Katie Bindley have found that hundreds of thousands of the listings on Google Maps aren't what they claim to be.