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Archive: October 2008

Picks of the Week: Uncle Ted's Road, Gifted Programs and Lending Protections

Each week, the editors at The Post's Investigations blog comb through in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the country and select the most notable projects of the week.

By Derek Kravitz | October 31, 2008; 7:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

As Election Day Nears, Voting Questions Abound

The questions keep on coming in and experts say some of the answers might not be available until next Tuesday. Many of the questions voters are sending deal with long lines voter eligibility.

By Derek Kravitz | October 31, 2008; 5:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Finance Crisis Hits Credit Card Business

The financial crisis appears to be honing in on its next target, experts warn: credit cards.

By Derek Kravitz | October 31, 2008; 1:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Calling All Voters!

There's been no shortage of stories recently warning of Election Day troubles. Lawyers for both campaigns are already swarming states like Florida, the scene of the 2000 hanging chad debacle, and as we noted in an earlier posting, Florida is among several places that could experience major problems Tuesday. With...

By Amanda Zamora | October 31, 2008; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (7)

White House Pushes Deregulation, Wall Street Woes, Sen. Stevens Can Vote

Hello, and welcome to the Daily Read for Friday, the 5-days-left-until-the-election edition. Our own Mary Pat Flaherty got us started this morning with a great primer on potential Election Day voting issues, with Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, D.C., and Virginia making our watch list. Stay tuned for more details on...

By Amanda Zamora | October 31, 2008; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

What to Expect—Maybe—on Tuesday

If you want to get an idea how the voting process will play out on Tuesday, just take a look at how the early voting has been going.

By The Editors | October 31, 2008; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

Feds Interview Countrywide Whistleblower

Federal investigators spent six hours interviewing a former loan officer with Countrywide Financial, the fallen loan agency that apparently gave high-profile clients discounts on their home mortgage loans, NBC News reports.

By Derek Kravitz | October 30, 2008; 6:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voting Problem Types

Access Issue: Were you prevented from accessing your polling place because of long lines? Lack of wheelchair access? Electioneering/Intimidation: Were you deterred from voting? The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits anyone from discriminating against, threatening, intimidating or coercing another person trying to vote. Likewise, candidates and individuals are barred...

By Amanda Zamora | October 30, 2008; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chinese Made Watch List of U.S. Olympians

Chinese Olympic officials, worried that political protests and demonstrations might overshadow this summer's Games in Beijing, compiled a list of American troublemakers who officials feared might disrupt the competition.

By Derek Kravitz | October 30, 2008; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Lavish' Spending Not Found Elsewhere At Smithsonian

A long-awaited audit of expense reports for Smithsonian museum directors and governing board members is expected to be released later this year, but will not reveal the kinds of excesses found recently among other executives, the institution's inspector general said today.

By Derek Kravitz | October 30, 2008; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Election Coverage, Radiation Detectors Questioned, 41 People Charged in Drug Bust

Good morning and welcome to today's Daily Read. Lots of election news today as the campaigns race to the finish line. Meanwhile, the Treasury and FDIC appear close to a mortgage bailout for distressed homeowners. Anything out there we missed? Please let us know. Election Coverage » The number...

By Chris Matthews | October 30, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Third Oil Royalty Office Official Indicted

A former top administrator with the beleaguered government agency that collects oil and natural gas royalties was indicted yesterday on charges he accepted improper gifts from a contractor and lied about it to his supervisors.

By Derek Kravitz | October 29, 2008; 6:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Report Criticizes Spending at Smithsonian

W. Richard West Jr., the founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, submitted $17,621 in expenses without providing any explanation or evidence to justify the spending, according to a report released Wednesday.

By The Editors | October 29, 2008; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Twitter as a Terrorist's Tool?

The social networking Web site Twitter could be used by terrorists to communicate as they execute a potentially catastrophic attack, according to a military intelligence report obtained by the Federation of American Scientists.

By Derek Kravitz | October 29, 2008; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

Election Coverage, Stevens Trial, Bisphenol A Ruling Flawed

Welcome to Today's Daily Read. Sen. Ted Stevens is calling for an investigation into the federal prosecutors who tried him and Obama's campaign appears to have accepted donations from prepaid credit cards. Please leave your comments and lets us know if we missed anything. Election Coverage » Barack Obama's...

By Chris Matthews | October 29, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Drug Cartel Spy In U.S. Embassy in Mexico?

The U.S. State Department is investigating reports that American embassy officials working in Mexico City passed sensitive information to drug cartels, marking one of the first cases where Mexico's long-held corruption problems have found their way into American law enforcement circles.

By Derek Kravitz | October 28, 2008; 5:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ex-Detroit Mayor Heads to Jail

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, convicted of lying under oath about an affair with his chief of staff, is set to begin a four-month stint in county jail today, an amazing fall for a man once considered one of the Democratic Party's rising stars.

By Derek Kravitz | October 28, 2008; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (7)

Election Coverage, Access to Gitmo Camp, CIA Doubled Science and Tech Officers

Welcome to Tuesday's Daily Read. The ATF says it stopped a plot to assassinate Barack Obama and the Bush Administration may extend the bailout's coverage to the auto industry. Please let us know if there is anything out there that we missed. Election Coverage » More than 50,000 registered...

By Chris Matthews | October 28, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Conviction Mars Senator's Reputation

A jury found Alaska Gov. Ted Stevens guilty of seven counts of lying on his Senate financial disclosure forms, permanently damaging the longtime Republican lawmaker's once-sterling reputation and dimming his chances at re-election this year.

By Derek Kravitz | October 27, 2008; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (23)

Early Voting Might Relieve Polling Pressure

Early voting might be key in helping stave off potential polling problems on Election Day, according to panelists appearing this morning on The Diane Rehm Show.

By Derek Kravitz | October 27, 2008; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

The FBI's Road to Ivins

A mutant strain of anthrax, evolving technology and Bruce Ivins's status as "the expert" in producing "exceptionally pure concentrations of anthrax spores" helped guide FBI agents through their investigation and ultimately led them to the Fort Detrick scientist deemed responsible for the 2001 domestic biological attack.

By Derek Kravitz | October 27, 2008; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Campaign Trail Mix, Gitmo Tribunal Probe, FDA Evidence Gap

Hello and welcome to the Daily Read for Monday. See something we missed? Post your stories in the comments below. Campaign Trail Mix » Sen. Barack Obama's record-breaking $150 million fundraising performance in September prompts new questions about campaign donations over the Internet ... Sen. John McCain defends his running...

By Amanda Zamora | October 27, 2008; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Government Hero or Mysterious Con Man?

The mysterious paid informant who infiltrated a terrorism ring plotting to kill soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey will take the stand this week in federal court.

By Derek Kravitz | October 27, 2008; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Picks of the Week: Landfills, Cigarettes and A Whistleblower

Each week, the editors at The Post's Investigations unit and blog comb through in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the country and select the most notable projects of the week.

By Derek Kravitz | October 24, 2008; 5:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Did Bloch Resign or Get Canned?

The departure of Office of Special Counsel chief Scott J. Bloch, who was under investigation, has become all the more mysterious after conflicting reports say he either resigned or was fired.

By Derek Kravitz | October 24, 2008; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

Greenspan in the Hot Seat, Voter Registration Issues, Stevens Trial Drama

Good morning, and welcome to the Friday edition of the Daily Read. First, an important housekeeping note: Our tech folks have scheduled a site-wide blog outage this Sunday, Oct. 26, from 8 to 10 a.m. This means that Post Investigations will not be accessible during that period. Now, on to...

By Amanda Zamora | October 24, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feds Seeks Anthrax-Scare Culprit

The FBI is asking the public for help in finding out who sent dozens of identical letters along with a mysterious, albeit harmless, white powder to banking offices across the country.

By Derek Kravitz | October 23, 2008; 5:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Greenspan and Co. Describe Wall Street 'Tsunami'

Today's congressional hearing on the "actions and inaction of federal regulators" behind the Wall Street financial crisis featured some dire words from three of the chief architects of the country's financial system.

By Derek Kravitz | October 23, 2008; 4:01 PM ET | Comments (14)

Financial Crisis Fallout, Campaign Countdown, DHS to Screen Passengers

Good morning and welcome to Thursday's Daily Read. The jury in the trial of Senator Ted Stevens is still deliberating and the U.S. government announced that it will take over the process of vetting airline passengers. Feel free to leave your comments and please let us know if we...

By Chris Matthews | October 23, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Editor's Note: Changes on Comments

Beginning this morning, all blogs (including this one) will require you to register in order to submit comments. This means that you will have to sign in to before you are able to comment, and if you're already signed in, your MyPost username should automatically appear as your...

By Amanda Zamora | October 23, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

What the Stevens Jury is Mulling

With the "stressed out" jury deliberating in the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, a look at the 15 days of testimony shows what that the pool of eight women and four men might be grappling with as they decide the Republican lawmaker's fate.

By Derek Kravitz | October 23, 2008; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (6)

Justice Says It Lacked Evidence to Charge Federal Oil Royalties Officials

Government prosecutors say there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute two former Interior Department officials implicated in a sex-and-gift scheme involving oil and gas marketers, adding that the inspector general's decision to pull staffers off a task force investigating the Jack Abramoff lobbying case was an "extraordinary step."

By Derek Kravitz | October 22, 2008; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Palin's Political Fashion Cents

From head to toe, every piece of clothing worn by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, has been picked at and prodded over, from her rim-less $375 Kawasaki glasses to her red open-toed Naughty Monkey-brand shoes.

By Derek Kravitz | October 22, 2008; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (157)

Election Coverage, Gov. Contracting Mistakes, Crib Safety

Welcome to Wednesday's Daily Read. Obama's fundraising techniques are again garnering the headlines. Meanwhile, federal regulators are looking into baby crib safety regulations and investigators are subpoenaing securities firms in their investigation of Lehman Bros. Please send us your comments and any stories we may have missed. Election Coverage...

By Chris Matthews | October 22, 2008; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ex-Prosecutor Behind Gitmo Dismissals?

The controversial resignation of a military prosecutor who made accusations of ethical and legal issues involving detainees at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba might be behind the dismissals of five terrorism-related cases at the detention center.

By Derek Kravitz | October 22, 2008; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Lobbying Limits on Wall Street

The move by American International Group Inc., the financial-services firm behind a massive $123 billion bailout by the federal government, to stop all of its lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill signals a shift in how Wall Street firms react to the government-backed recovery plan.

By Derek Kravitz | October 21, 2008; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Federal Bailout, IMF Scandal, Special Counsel Resigns

Good morning and welcome to today's Daily Read. Another busy day for investigative journalism with plenty of stories on the federal bailout and the fund raising practices of the presidential campaigns. Feel free to comment, and please send us any stories we missed. Federal Bailout » A turf war...

By Chris Matthews | October 21, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Notable and Quotable From Stevens Trial

Testimony in the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has wrapped up, and closing statements and jury deliberation is scheduled for the next two days.

By Derek Kravitz | October 21, 2008; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (29)

Scandal-Plagued Oil Agency Revamping Itself

The federal agency in charge of collecting billions of dollars in oil and natural gas drilling profits is in the midst of a massive reorganization in light of a highly-publicized sex-and-gift scandal this summer.

By Derek Kravitz | October 20, 2008; 6:41 PM ET | Comments (4)

Feds Probe Risky Swaps Market

Federal and state prosecutors have opened up the first probe of the largely unregulated swaps market, the first such investigation started in light of the Wall Street financial crisis.

By Derek Kravitz | October 20, 2008; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Financial Crisis, Presidential Election, Stevens Trial

Hello and welcome to today's Daily Read. It's a busy day today packed with finance and election news. Please comment and let us know if we missed anything. Financial Crisis » Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and...

By Chris Matthews | October 20, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Lobbyist in McCain Flap Speaks Out

Vicki Iseman, the lobbyist who aides for Sen. John McCain apparently thought was having an affair with the Republican presidential candidate, has broken her silence, saying unequivocally that she never was involved with the Arizona lawmaker.

By Derek Kravitz | October 17, 2008; 7:08 PM ET | Comments (4)

Picks of the Week: DNA Exonerations, Pork Spending and Mistress Pay-Offs

Each week, the editors at The Post's Investigations unit and blog comb through in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the country and select the most notable projects of the week.

By Derek Kravitz | October 17, 2008; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

McCain vs. The Ag Interests

Sen. John McCain risks the ire of the farm bloc by taking on a program that spends $200 million a year to promote farm exports.

By The Editors | October 17, 2008; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Renzi Claims Agents Tapped GOP Calls

Attorneys for Rep. Rick Renzi, the Arizona Republican on trial for money laundering and corruption charges, say that federal agents bugged Renzi's phone lines, improperly picking up calls between GOP congressional leaders after the 2006 mid-term elections.

By Derek Kravitz | October 17, 2008; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Mahoney Affair Fallout, Pfizer Settlement, China's Reluctant Courts

Good morning, and welcome to the Daily Read for Friday. We'll be waiting to hear more testimony today from Sen. Ted Steven, the Alaska Republican facing federal corruption charges even as he runs for reelection. In the meantime, there's plenty here to keep us busy. See something we missed? Post...

By Amanda Zamora | October 17, 2008; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stevens's Wife Claims Oversight of Renovations

Catherine Stevens took the stand this morning in defense of her embattled husband, Sen. Ted Stevens, telling jurors she thought that two workers who performed key roles in the remodeling of their Girdwood, Alaska, had been paid for by a residential contractor.

By Amanda Zamora | October 16, 2008; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Voter Fraud Probe Becomes Campaign Issue

News that the FBI is investigating possible fraud by a prominent voter-registration activist group has turned into a hot-button issue on the campaign trail.

By Derek Kravitz | October 16, 2008; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (101)

Permit for McCain Cell Tower Still Active

Verizon's permit for a permant cell tower site on the Cindy McCain ranch is still active though the company said it had no plans to build it.

By The Editors | October 16, 2008; 5:28 PM ET | Comments (49)

Financial Crisis, Stevens Trial, White House Politics

Hello and welcome to Thursday's Daily Read. Before we get to today's news, The Fix has a recap of the final presidential debate last night. See something we missed? Post your suggestions in the comments below. Financial Crisis » Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say the government appears...

By Chris Matthews | October 16, 2008; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

Mixed Results for White House Midterm Effort

So while the draft report (PDF) released yesterday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was not a surprise (White House spokesman Scott Stanzel told Bloomberg it was little more than an effort "to score political points" three weeks before Election Day), it did show how successful, or unsuccessful, the Bush administration was in courting voters during the '06 races.

By Derek Kravitz | October 16, 2008; 7:07 AM ET | Comments (8)

Exclusive: Verizon and AT&T Provided Cell Towers for McCain Ranch

Verizon Wireless and AT&T provided portable cell towers free of charge for Cindy and John McCain's ranch in Arizona.

By The Editors | October 15, 2008; 8:13 PM ET | Comments (257)

Cheney Surgery Could Revive Health Issue

Vice President Dick Cheney's planned surgery this afternoon to correct an abnormal heart rhythm might put the health issue -- and Sen. John McCain's age and bouts with cancer -- back in the presidential campaign spotlight.

By Derek Kravitz | October 15, 2008; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Ex-GOP Official Indicted For 'Phone-Jamming'

Nearly six years after being implicated in a bizarre political espionage scheme, a former Republican Party operative has been indicted again, this time for lying to federal authorities.

By Derek Kravitz | October 15, 2008; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (3)

Federal Bailout, ACORN Controversy, White House OK'd CIA Tactics

Federal Bailout » Smaller banks are reluctant to accept the federal cash infusions prescribed by the Treasury ... the Bank of New York Mellon has been selected as the lead contractor in the government's efforts to buy up toxic securities ... John McCain unveiled his plan to deal with the...

By Chris Matthews | October 15, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (3)

Keeping Up With Political Sex Scandals

The brewing sex scandal surrounding Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) and a former female staffer is only exacerbated by the fact that he won his congressional seat in West Palm Beach, Fla., after former Rep. Mark Foley was forced to resign amid a sex scandal of his own involving lewd messages sent to underage male pages.

By Derek Kravitz | October 14, 2008; 6:25 PM ET | Comments (5)

Stevens Might Testify In His Own Defense

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, the 84-year-old Republican lawmaker on trial for improperly accepting and concealing hundreds of thousands of gifts from a wealthy friend, might take the stand in his own defense, according to documents filed in connection with his three-week-old trial.

By Derek Kravitz | October 14, 2008; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

Federal Bailout, Mahoney Scandal, ACORN

Federal Bailout » Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson announced yesterday that the government would invest $250 billion in the country's banks, forcing nine of the largest to accept a treasury stake in what amounts to a partial nationalization ... Paulson invoked bank executives' patriotism in his plea to them to sell...

By Chris Matthews | October 14, 2008; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (75)

After McCain Plug, D.C. Group Returns Favor

In the first two presidential debates, Sen. John McCain has made a point of giving praise to a Washington nonprofit that releases an annual list of the government earmark spending -- the Citizens Against Government Waste.

By Derek Kravitz | October 14, 2008; 7:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

The AIG Executive Under the Spotlight

As federal investigators probe the circumstances of insurance giant American International Group's collapse, the name most associated with the firm's multi-billion dollar government-sponsored bailout has been former executive Joseph J. Cassano.

By Derek Kravitz | October 13, 2008; 5:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

ACORN Voting Drives Come Under Scrutiny

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, the activist group whose voter-registration drives have sparked federal investigations in several states, have questioned the probes' timing, saying they migh be politically motivated ahead of the Nov. 4 presidential election.

By Derek Kravitz | October 13, 2008; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (24)

Global Financial Crisis, Stevens' Trial, Report Slams TSA

Global Financial Crisis » The head of the government's $700 billion financial rescue plan said that officials are assembling a "toolkit" of methods to implement the program, including investing money directly into banks and buying individual mortgages from them ... meanwhile, Europe's major economic powers presented a unified response to...

By Chris Matthews | October 13, 2008; 1:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Picks of the Week: Nursing Licenses, Government Eavesdropping and Voter Rolls

In a regular feature of Post Investigations, our editors have combed through the in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the nation and selected the notable projects of the week.

By Derek Kravitz | October 10, 2008; 4:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

VA: Hospital Head Abused Travel, Purged Files

A top government doctor has been disciplined after Veterans Affairs investigators found that the former head of Alabama's health care system improperly hired a friend, abused government travel vouchers and a Blackberry and destroyed his computer hard drive while he was under investigation.

By Derek Kravitz | October 10, 2008; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (12)

AIG Cancels Ritz Trip, Other Events

Amid a firestorm of criticism over its $443,000 executive retreat to a luxurious southern California resort, bailed-out insurance giant AIG Inc. is canceling its Ritz-Carlton business meeting in Half Moon Bay, Calif., and most of its other get-togethers, company officials said.

By Derek Kravitz | October 10, 2008; 2:28 PM ET | Comments (10)

Palin Report, Stevens Trial, Obama Donors

It's a light Friday morning for the Daily Read as we await details on Alaska's investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin. See something else we're missing? Post your story recommendations in the comments below. Palin Ethics Probe » Alaska state lawmakers have begun reviewing the long-awaited results of an investigation into...

By Amanda Zamora | October 10, 2008; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (9)

Abramoff Scandal Figure Indicted Again

A new indictment by a federal grand jury charges former White House aide David H. Safavian with one count of obstructing justice and four counts of making false statements to investigators and the U.S. Senate.

By The Editors | October 9, 2008; 6:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Alaska Paper: Native Program Being 'Abused'

A program allowing Native Alaskan companies to score no-bid contracts from the federal government is being abused, the editorial board of the Anchorage Daily News wrote, days after The Post's Robert O'Harrow found that the Food and Drug Administration was using the policy to award a contract to a Washington firm.

By Derek Kravitz | October 9, 2008; 6:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

After Afghan Probe, Military Vows Changes

The ever-fluctuating death toll from an August attack by U.S. forces on a suspected insurgent stronghold in Afghanistan has been raised yet again -- from possibly five to seven dead civilians to 33, including at least 12 children, U.S. Central Command said yesterday.

By Derek Kravitz | October 9, 2008; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Quiet Downfall of a Billion-Dollar CEO

The remarkable and sudden downfall of Minnesota businessman Tom Petters has largely played out away from the national spotlight as the Wall Street financial meltdown slogs on.

By Derek Kravitz | October 9, 2008; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (4)

Judge Tosses Stevens Evidence, Voter Rolls Scrutinized, Inside U.S. Eavesdropping

Good morning and welcome to today's Daily Read. See something we missed? Post your suggested stories in the comments below. More Missteps in Stevens Trial » A federal judge in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens ruled that jurors should ignore two pieces of evidence that he said were...

By Amanda Zamora | October 9, 2008; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

Despite Attacks, Business as Usual at AIG

Insurance giant AIG, which last month received a multi-billion-dollar aid package from the government, is still reeling from political attacks about the lavish, week-long retreat taken last month by executives with the company's chief insurance subsidiary.

By Derek Kravitz | October 8, 2008; 5:31 PM ET | Comments (129)

FCC Probes Ties Between Military and Pundits

Months after The New York Times published a report showing the Pentagon had recruited and, in effect, trained nearly two dozen retired military officers to promote the administration's war policies, federal regulators are preparing to investigate.

By Derek Kravitz | October 8, 2008; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (15)

Grand Jury Indicts Alleged Palin Hacker

A federal grand jury in Tennessee has indicted David Kernell, the son of a Democratic state lawmaker, whose apartment was recently raided as part of an FBI investigation into the hacking of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail account.

By The Editors | October 8, 2008; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (44)

Nevada Voter Fraud Probe, Bailout Contracting, Gitmo Detainees

Hello and welcome to the Daily Read for Wednesday -- there's a LOT going on between the ramp-up toward the presidential election and the ongoing Wall Street crisis. Please let us know what else you're seeing by posting your stories in the comments below. Here we go... Nevada Nonprofit Raided...

By Amanda Zamora | October 8, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keeping Cough Syrup From Toddlers

Today, drug companies began advising parents not to allow children under age 4 to take over the counter cough and cold products.

By The Editors | October 7, 2008; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (10)

AIG Executive Retreat Irks Lawmakers

A few days after the federal government unveiled an $85 billion bailout package for the insurance company AIG, the firm's executives went on a week-long retreat at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif. The tab: $440,000.

By Derek Kravitz | October 7, 2008; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (71)

An Angry Judge at Stevens Trial

The surprises keep coming at the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

By Derek Kravitz | October 7, 2008; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (63)

Now Live: Our Investigative Projects Archive

The Post's investigative team is pleased to unveil our new, improved library of past projects. On the main archive page, you can now browse through more than 30 investigations we've published in the past decade -- on wide-ranging topics such as the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, abusive overseas pharmaceutical testing,...

By The Editors | October 7, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Light' Cigarette Debate, Stevens Trial, Wiretapping in Brazil

Hello and welcome to the Daily Read for Tuesday. See something we missed? Post your suggestions in the comments below. Tobacco Ad Debate » The Supreme Court waded yesterday into a complicated legal debate over whether tobacco companies can be sued in state courts for deceptive advertising of "light" cigarettes,...

By Amanda Zamora | October 7, 2008; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Fallen Titan's Carefully Chosen Words

Yesterday's testimony of Richard S. Fuld Jr., the former chief executive officer of the now-bankrupt Lehman Brothers, was the first in a series of a congressional hearings aimed at finding out the root causes of the nation's financial crisis.

By Derek Kravitz | October 7, 2008; 7:18 AM ET | Comments (19)

A Look Back at the 'Keating Five'

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is highlighting the connections of his opponent, Sen. John McCain, to the "Keating Five" scandal that dominated headlines in the late 1980s and early 90s.

By Derek Kravitz | October 6, 2008; 6:12 PM ET | Comments (3)

Jury in Stevens Case Hears Tapes

Jurors in the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens began listening to secretly-recorded phone calls today between Stevens and the government's lead witness, as defense attorneys tried once again to get the Justice Department's case against the lawmaker thrown out.

By Derek Kravitz | October 6, 2008; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Fight for Wachovia, McCain's Record, GOP Questions Obama Donations

Good morning, and welcome to Monday's Daily Read, the post-$700 billion bailout edition. See something we missed? Post your story suggestions in the comments below. Inside the Wachovia Fight » A sworn affidavit filed this weekend in federal court suggests that Wachovia, the nation's eighth-largest bank, came close to failing...

By Amanda Zamora | October 6, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (3)

Picks of the Week: Wall Street, Counterfeit Chinese Parts and PAC Money

In a regular feature of Post Investigations, our editors have combed through the in-depth and investigative reports from news outlets across the nation and selected the notable projects of the week.

By Derek Kravitz | October 3, 2008; 4:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

How a Missouri Feud Ousted a U.S. Attorney

If you believe federal investigators, the fight between the offices of Missouri Sen. Christopher S. "Kit" Bond and former U.S. Attorney Todd P. Graves was sparked by the clashing personalities of two young aides, who both sought to make a name for themselves.

By Derek Kravitz | October 3, 2008; 3:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Aide's Freddie Mac Connection

In an effort to court supporters on Capitol Hill, the troubled investment firm Freddie Mac hired longtime McCain confidant Mark Buse as a lobbyist, The Post's Matthew Mosk and David S. Hilzenrath.

By Derek Kravitz | October 3, 2008; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

House Bailout Vote, Freddie and McCain, Terror Convictions Overturned

Good morning and welcome to today's Daily Read. First things first -- check out The Fix for a recap of last night's vice presidential debate between Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe Biden. Next, here are a couple of ways you can track today's House vote on the financial rescue...

By Amanda Zamora | October 3, 2008; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

'Small' Sweeteners in the Big Bailout

The Senate-passed version of the "2008 Emergency Economic Stabilization Act," the federal government's attempt to bail out distressed Wall Street investment firms with $700 billion in funding, is full of pork-barrel spending, an attempt to give the politically-dicey legislation a better chance of passing in the House.

By Derek Kravitz | October 2, 2008; 7:37 PM ET | Comments (7)

Judge Says Trial Against Stevens Will Continue

A federal judge is deciding whether he should throw out corruption charges against Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens after the Republican lawmaker's attorneys accused government prosecutors of hiding FBI reports favorable to Stevens.

By Derek Kravitz | October 2, 2008; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bridge to Somewhere: FDA Uses Alaska Corp. in Questioned Contract

The FDA used an Alaska Native Corporation in a plan to funnel a contract to a Washington public relations firm, avoiding standard competition requirements.

By The Editors | October 2, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bailout, FDA Skirts Rules, Fed Mum on Bear Stearns Deal

Federal Bailout » The Senate has passed a revised version of the $700 billion bailout plan, sending the legislation to the House for a vote tomorrow ... markets fell this morning, while Wall Street overwhelmingly expects the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates ... meanwhile, regulators are trying to prevent...

By Chris Matthews | October 2, 2008; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Engineer Was Texting Seconds Before Crash

The engineer implicated in a train accident last month that killed 25 people in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley sent a text message from his cell phone 22 seconds before the crash, federal investigators said today.

By Derek Kravitz | October 1, 2008; 6:16 PM ET | Comments (5)

Mail Carriers Would Deliver Anthrax Drugs

The federal government's massive plan to deliver emergency antibiotics in case of an anthrax attack will employ postal carriers to send aid to cities across the country.

By Derek Kravitz | October 1, 2008; 5:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Stevens Friend Calls Thank-You Note a Ruse

Thank-you notes written by Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens to a longtime friend, oil company executive Bill Allen, are now at the center of the lawmaker's federal corruption case.

By Derek Kravitz | October 1, 2008; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Federal Bailout, Satellite Spy Program, AIG's Influence

Federal Bailout » Pressured by waves of angry phone calls from constituents, congressional leaders are dialing back the political rhetoric in an attempt to advance a revised version of the $700 billion bailout, which the Senate is poised to vote on tonight ... meanwhile, the Bush administration attempts to stanch...

By Chris Matthews | October 1, 2008; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Medicare to Slash Payments for Medical Errors

Starting today, Medicare will slash hospital payments for medical mistakes resulting in patient harm and higher costs to the sprawling federal health plan for the elderly and disabled.

By The Editors | October 1, 2008; 7:07 AM ET | Comments (11)


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