Jury is in: Recovery depends on real estate

Commentary: After 6 years, government and media suddenly speaking to housing

The top story is still Europe, but a bore except for the entertaining incompetence on parade. Dr. Johnson maintained that nothing so concentrates the mind as the prospect of one’s hanging in the morning, but that concept has eluded Europe.

All bond markets there fell apart this week, saved from collapse only by the purchases of the European Central Bank, which said it is forbidden by treaty to do so, won’t do, can’t do, but is doing. All other paths to euro status quo salvation are dead.