The Daily Read
Mortgage Fraud Spikes » The Mortgage Asset Research Institute reports that mortgage fraud cases jumped 42 percent nationwide this year, with nearly a quarter of all incidents occurring in Florida. — The Associated Press
States to EPA: Regulate » New York and 11 other states have filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. — The Wall Street Journal
Sen. Stevens Faces Alaska GOP » Republican voters decide today whether Sen. Ted Stevens, set to stand trial for allegedly hiding improper gifts from a wealthy oil exec, will have the chance to keep his Senate seat. — The Washington Post
Gov. Blagojevich Rejects Reform Bill » Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose administration has been battered by allegations of corruption, vetoed an ethics bill meant to curb pay-to-play politics. — Chicago Tribune
Spitzer Trial » Tanya Hollander, the last figure to be charged in the prostitution scandal that brought down New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal conspiracy charge for her role as a part-time booker in the illicit escort service. — Newsday
Report: Watchlist Flawed » A House subcommittee is requesting a federal investigation into the technical failure of a $500 million terrorist watch list, which was supposed to merge data from 16 different intelligence agencies in wake of the 9/11 Commission Report. — OMB Watch
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