Why is administration helping companies avoid restrictions on bailout money?

A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers.
April 4 2009 6:27 AM

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When a company wants to give a product street cred, a graffiti artist named Mister Cartoon is one of the first people they call, says the LAT.  The interesting thing about the profile is that Cartoon's story isn't the kind of overnight, rags-to-riches script that usually gets tacked onto urban artists who gain a corporate following. This is a story about a guy who aggressively cultivated a personal brand that's been building steam for 15 years.

Inside, the WP notes that federally controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will pay $210 million in bonuses to 7,600 employees over the next 18 months.

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Just in time for Passover, the LAT reports on the booming market for kosher alcoholic beverages. Now observant Jews can have their tequila and keep their dietary laws, too.

Just an FYI: If you're looking for a new business name, anything with the word monster in it is already taken. The WSJ explores how an audio-cable company managed to vigorously defend its 70-plus trademarks on a fairly common word.

Google's plan to make millions of orphaned books available online has some academics and public interest groups up in arms, according to the NYT. Critics say that a settlement between Google and authors and publishers grants the company too much power over a valuable and diverse body of work.

The LAT runs a feature on the tradition of folding palm branches into intricate works of art for Palm Sunday.

Jesse Stanchak is a writer living in Washington, D.C.