Campaign Trail Mix, Gitmo Tribunal Probe, FDA Evidence Gap
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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 mate on Meet the Press, saying a third of Sarah Palin's $150,000 wardrobe was returned ... mail-in ballots are becoming more popular in California and other states, prompting experts to question whether convenience should trump fraud concerns ... and while GOP charges of voter fraud (and Dem charges of disenfranchisement) aren't new, the level of pre-election skirmishing is unprecedented. — Washington Post, The Trail, L.A. Times, New York Times
Tribunal Supervisor Probed » A Pentagon official overseeing the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals is the subject of two investigations into his conduct, including one wide-ranging ethics examination into whether he abused his power and improperly influenced the prosecutions of enemy combatants. — L.A. Times
FDA Evidence Gap » A closer look at the Federal Drug Administration's device-review process finds that the agency approves thousands of devices for the market each year after only cursory review and with no clear evidence that they help patients. — New York Times
IMF Chief Cleared » The International Monetary Fund's governing board has closed its investigation of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, concluding that his affair with a married subordinate was "regrettable and reflected a serious error of judgment," but that it was consensual and didn't constitute an abuse of power. — Associated Press
Stevens Juror Swap » The jury panel in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) began deliberations this morning with a new juror after an original juror abruptly left the trial last week after the death of her father. —CNN
U.K. Adopts Mobile Fingerprinting » Police throughout the United Kingdom will soon be able to perform identity checks on the street with mobile fingerprint scanners; civil liberties groups caution that any data collected on the mobile devices by law must be deleted after use. — The Guardian
Iraq Water Project Faulted » A huge American-financed wastewater treatment plant in the desert city of Falluja that was supposed to be the centerpiece of an effort to rebuild Iraq has tripled in cost from original plans to spend $100 million and has fallen about three years behind schedule. — New York Times
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