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The newspaper vies with USA Today for the position of having the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States, it was the largest-circulation newspaper in the United States until November 2003, when it was surpassed by USA Today and regained that position in October 2009. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the paper has a circulation of 2.1 million copies (including 400,000 paid for, online subscriptions) as of October 2009 compared to USA Today's 1.9 million. Its main rival in the Business newspaper sector is the London-basedFinancial Times, which also publishes several international editions.
The Journal newspaper primarily covers U.S. and international business and financial news and issues—the paper's name comes from Wall Street, the street in New York City that is the heart of the financial district. It has been printed continuously since being founded on July 8, 1889, by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser. The newspaper has won the Pulitzer Prize thirty-three times, including 2007 prizes for its reporting on backdated stock options and the adverse effects of China's booming economy.
Some former Wall Street Journal reporters have said that since Rupert Murdoch bought the paper, news stories have been edited to adopt a more conservative tone, critical of Democrats.