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POSTED: 11:53 AM ET, 08/25/2008 by Amanda Zamora

Hello and welcome to The Daily Read from Post Investigations. Each day we'll scan the Web for the latest in accountability journalism. We'll wrap up on Fridays with our picks of the top stories and investigations of the week.

If you have a comment or suggestion, or see a great story we might have missed, please e-mail us at Post Investigations. On to today's Daily Read!


The Campaign Trail » Several sites, including The New York Times, report on Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden's lobbyist ties: his son; The Washington Post's The Trail revisits Sen. Biden's ties to wealthy Dallas trial lawyer Fred Baron (also of Edwards affair fame); meanwhile, USA Today looks at how lawmakers learn to "live within the loopholes" during the political conventions.

CIA vs. Suskind » The CIA last week issued a fresh denial of Ron Suskind's 'The Way of the World,' saying it has investigated the author's claims and found no proof that CIA officials helped the White House forge phony documents linking al-Qaeda to Saddam Hussein's government. — The Washington Post

Cheney's Pipeline Push » Newsweek looks at a letter Vice President Dick Cheney wrote urging Alaska lawmakers to pass a bill to build a new oil pipeline in 2006 ... two days after Sen. Ted Stevens strategized on the bill's passage with oil exec Bill Allen.

Broken Trust » The Cincinnati Enquirer finds years of poor government oversight contributed to deplorable conditions at a Cincinnati healthcare facility for the poor and mentally ill.

IndyMac Crash » California's attorney general says his office has "insufficient evidence" to investigate whether Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) caused this summer's collapse of mortgage lender IndyMac by publicly questioning the bank's soundness. — Associated Press

Gymnastics Controversy » Despite reports that three members of China's gymnastics might have been too young to compete, IOC president Jacques Rogge says that a review of the gymnasts' paperwork shows that they are all at least 16, as China contends. — Associated Press

By Amanda Zamora |  August 25, 2008; 11:53 AM ET The Daily Read
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I suggest you drop the term "accountability journalism," which has been corrupted and is already firmly identified as using subjective journalism as a means to justify partisan politics. Ron Fournier is not a person you want to emulate, at least I hope you don't. Anyway, shouldn't all journalism be accountable? It's a silly term, the latest in a long line to be grabbed by journalist attempting to cover either their superficiality or something even worse.

Posted by: Stewart Nusbaumer | August 26, 2008 7:09 AM

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