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POSTED: 09:53 AM ET, 08/29/2008 by Amanda Zamora

A look at some of the major investigative news we're seeing across the Web this morning. See something we've missed? Drop us a line.

The Campaign Trail » As Denver packs up the convention, a legal controversy is brewing over an attack ad linking Barack Obama to the radical Bill Ayers (Wall Street Journal) ... Republican officials weigh whether to delay the GOP convention because of Gustav (Washington Post) ... the Republicans will have to deal with new ethics rules, too (USA Today) ... and for dessert, a recap of corporate sponsorship at the Democratic convention (Politico).

Gustav's Advance » As federal agencies prepare for Gustav to hit the Gulf Coast as a hurricane, some warn that FEMA still faces hurdles in its ability to respond quickly to disaster. — NextGov, Wall Street Journal

Senate Panel Probes Absenteeism » A new congressional report finds that federal workers racked up 19.6 million hours of absence without leave from 2001 to 2007. — The Washington Post

Georgia School System Sanctioned » The Clayton County school system south of Atlanta is the first in nearly 40 years to lose its accreditation, as four school board members are fired for ethics violations. — New York Times

The Drug Ad Workaround » Drug companies have found a way to avoid the obligatory, and often unpleasant, list of side effects on television ads by omitting direct branding and steering people toward Web sites like "Mytimetoquit.com." — Wall Street Journal

A Bootleg Felony? » A Culver City blogger faces up to three years in prison and $250,000 in fines for leaking nine Guns N' Roses songs on his Web site. — Los Angeles Times, Wired

Afghan Airstrikes Revisited » A Pentagon review maintains that last week's airstrike in Western Afghanistan killed five civilians, not 90; meanwhile, Afghan officials say the strike was based on a bad tip. Washington Post, Associated Press

Marine Acquitted » In the first civilian trial of its kind, a jury acquitted former Marine sergeant Jose Luis Nazario of manslaughter in the killings of two Iraqis in Fallujah in 2004. — Los Angeles Times

EU Concerns Over Airline Alliance » The European Commission is investigating a revenue-sharing deal between British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia. — BBC

By Amanda Zamora |  August 29, 2008; 9:53 AM ET The Daily Read
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