Interior Dept. Hearing, Palin's E-Mails, FEMA's No-Ice Rule
Here are our must-read items of the morning. See something we missed? Post your suggestions for required reading in the comments below.
Live Hearing: Interior Dept. Scandal » The House Natural Resources Committee will be holding a hearing today at 10 a.m. ET on the recent scandal involving employees of the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service. The committee is hosting live audio and video streams of the hearing on its Web site.
The Campaign Trail » A group of hackers appear to have broken into Gov. Sarah Palin's personal e-mail and posted several private photos and e-mails online, drawing condemnation from the McCain campaign. — Washington Post
FEMA Criticized for No-Ice Rule » Relief workers and government watchdogs say disaster victims in Texas and other hot regions are at risk because of a Federal Emergency Management Agency policy not to provide ice to disaster victims except in the case of a medical emergency. — ABC News
SEC Targets Short-Selling » The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted broader rules aimed at reining in the abusive "naked" short-selling that is blamed in part for the demise of Lehman Brothers. — Washington Post
L.A. Union Chief Under Fire » The head of the Los Angeles-based local of the Service Employees International Union faces formal dismissal after an internal investigation found improper spending. — Los Angeles Times
Bioengineering Rules » The Food and Drug Administration is releasing long-awaited guidelines on the genetic engineering of animals for food, drugs or medical devices. — Washington Post
Charges Filed in Bomb Export Case » A federal grand jury has indicted 16 foreign individuals and companies for conspiring to send U.S. electronics and other items to Iran for the production of roadside bombs used in Iraq and Afghanistan. — Washington Post
Gates Addresses Afghan Airstrike » After a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed his "sincere condolences" over civilian deaths caused by a recent U.S. airstrike and promised speedier compensation and investigation after such casualties. — New York Times
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