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Eye Opener: Aug. 3, 2009

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

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In the news...

Cabinet and Staff News: Ray LaHood says that "Cash for Clunkers" will end if the Senate doesn't act this week. Obama's economic aides say economic recovery is coming, slowly. Photos of Robert Gates in Israel. Former Bush aides getting nervous about a new book. Admiral Mike Mullen making his influence felt. Richard Holbrooke convenes a Pakistan policy summit today.

Lawmakers Bring Different Styles to Watchdog Role: A profile of three leading oversight lawmakers: Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).

Decorated Airman Anxiously Awaits New Policy on Gays: For Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, time is running out on efforts to overturn restrictions on gays serving in the U.S. military.

USDA Tries to Lift Low Milk Prices: The Obama administration will increase the price it pays for powdered milk by 15 percent and for cheese by 16 percent through October. The department estimates that the temporary move will require it to purchase an additional 150 million pounds of non-fat dry milk and an additional 75 million pounds of cheddar cheese.

Freedom From SnackWells: A conversation with former FDA commissioner David Kessler about how food is more difficult to demonize than tobacco.

FDA Rejects Savient’s Gout Drug: The decision was in spite of a 14-1 recommendation for approval by an agency advisory committee in June. Shares of Savient are likely to tumble on Monday.

Cloud Computing Means Federal IT Spending to Increase Modestly: A market research firms predicts spending will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.3 percent during the next five years.

Senators to Examine Wasteful Bonuses to Contractors: NASA, the Homeland Security Department, the Energy Department and the Health and Human Services Department were all criticized by a June GAO report for giving out bonuses to contractors that delivered substandard work.

U.S. Marshals Seize Sanitizer for Bacteria Problems: Officers seized all skin sanitizers and skin protectants, including ingredients and components, at Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory's facility in Roy, Utah, the Food and Drug Administration said.

GAO: DOD Lacks Standards for Hiring Foreign Nationals: That puts the government at risk of hiring criminals or otherwise unqualified workers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 3, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
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