04/23 Links

Links roundup for Monday, April 23rd (below the jump).

04-23 Monday

Illinois ‘Treads Water’ as Unpaid Bills Top $9 Billion – Bloomberg

Le Pen shocks France as far right hits historic heights
French Election: How Democracy Could Destroy the Euro
Hollande and Sarkozy Head to Runoff in French Race – NYTimes.com
14 Reasons France Is Under Fire – Business Insider

Dutch Prime Minister Resigns – WSJ.com
Czech Premier Seeks Confidence Vote to Avoid Snap Elections

Global Markets Veer Lower on Turbulence in Europe – NYTimes.com
Europe anxiety spurs sharp drop; Wal-Mart slides | Reuters
Stocks and the Economy, Singing Different Tunes – NYTimes.com

Rosenberg Roasts The Roundtable Of Groupthink | ZeroHedge
The Exter Inverted Pyramid – A Refresher | ZeroHedge

Watch out! Is the Fed pushing us into another bubble?
Yellen Revealing Twists With No Turns – Bloomberg
Economic Forecast to Hint at Fed’s Next Move – WSJ.com

1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed – Yahoo! News
Upon Review, Jobs Picture Not So Pretty | Fox Business
College Graduates, You Need to Start Saving Now – WSJ.com

England Student Debt Unprecedented as Government Shifts Funding
Is Stanford Too Close to Silicon Valley? : The New Yorker

Europe Caught in Vise as Austerity Weakens Economy – NYTimes.com
Backlash against eurozone austerity – FT.com

Eurozone Manuf PMI Hits 34 Month Low; German Manuf 33 Month Low
Eight of Ten Largest Stocks in Spanish Ibex Index Below Liquidation Value

Wal-Mart’s Mexico probe could lead to departures at the top | Reuters
Walmart Statement in Response to Recent New York Times Article
Crazy Facts About Walmart – Business Insider

9 Biggest Banks = $228.72 Trillion in Derivative Exposure | The Big Picture
Small Banks Get a Freer Hand – WSJ.com

Only 2% Of Investors Are Bullish On Treasuries – Business Insider

Strong Yen Puts Pressure on BOJ – WSJ.com
BOJ Likely to Ease Further, Cautiously – WSJ.com

Wall Street Gets Lean – WSJ.com
Mutual Funds That Are Too Big to Succeed – SmartMoney.com

China Invests in Germany Amid Uncertainty – NYTimes.com
I.M.F. and World Bank Meetings End With Little Agreement – NYTimes.com

New Jersey Drops Out of National Ozone Standards Lawsuit – Bloomberg
New York City Rent Limits Left Intact by Supreme Court – Bloomberg
Kansas City Complex Becomes a Budget Hole – WSJ.com

Oil Declines as Manufacturing Shrinks in China, Euro Area – Bloomberg
Rusal’s $43 Billion Seven-Year Glencore Deal Feeds Fued – Bloomberg
Conoco Profit Falls on Lower Production, Refining Earnings – Bloomberg
Exclusive: CEO’s sales of well stakes raise questions at Chesapeake | Reuters

In Bangladesh, Strong Promise of Economic Growth – NYTimes.com
In Indonesia, Suharto Son in Dispute Over Shipping Company – NYTimes.com
Santander Prepares Record Mexico IPO – WSJ.com

American Airlines fires opening shot in court battle with workers | Reuters
Nestle wins pricey battle for Pfizer baby food unit | Reuters

GM to Add 600 China Dealerships – WSJ.com
China Grows Its Dairy Farms With a Global Cattle Drive – WSJ.com
China’s Biggest Banks Are Squeezed for Capital – NYTimes.com

Facebook pays Microsoft $550 million for AOL patents | Reuters
Microsoft Deal May Give Facebook Heft in Yahoo Patent Fight – NYTimes.com

NFL star kills himself after lifetime of depression ‘brought on by concussion’
Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Carla Bruni is ‘barely recognisable’ | Mail Online

Your Next Laptop Is Worth Waiting For – WSJ.com
James Cameron, Google Founder Back Space-Mining Venture – WSJ.com
How Physics and Neuroscience Dictate Your “Free” Will: Scientific American