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

POSTED: 11:33 AM ET, 10/15/2008 by Chris Matthews

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 financial crisis yesterday, proposing $52 billion in tax breaks aimed at encouraging savings and providing relief to seniors and the unemployed ... for the first time since the crisis intensified late this summer, credit markets have thawed slightly this week ... and The Washington Post examines how world markets came to the brink of collapse. — The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal

ACORN Controversy » A conservative Ohio think tank filed a lawsuit today accusing ACORN of corrupt activity and organized crime related to their voter-registration efforts ... as fraud allegations mount against the community organizing group, it seems many of the potentially faulty registrations at issue were flagged by ACORN's own internal controls ... meanwhile, Barack Obama and John McCain are trading accusations of voter fraud and gearing up for possible court battles. — Cincinnatti Enquirer, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today

ACORN on the Defense

CIA Tactics Endorsed in Secret Memos » CIA officials confirmed the existence of classified memos issued by the Bush administration that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects ... meanwhile, the Pentagon has tightened rules meant to prevent the abuse of detainees. — The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times

Stevens Trial » Utah Sen. Warren Hatch testified in the trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) yesterday, calling him "one of the strongest, toughest, best, most decent people I've known in the Senate" ... meanwhile, the judge in the case ordered Stevens's lawyers to turn over thousands of e-mails sent by his wife, Catherine, during the time when the senator allegedly concealed gifts. — The Wall Street Journal, The Hill

Mahoney Scandal » Rep. Tim Mahoney, accused of covering up an alleged affair, admitted yesterday that he caused "embarrassment and heartache" to his family, but denied doing anything illegal. — The Washington Post

Bush Claims Executive Exceptions » President Bush asserted on Tuesday that he had the executive power to bypass several parts of two bills that he signed into law: a military authorization act and a measure giving inspectors general greater independence from White House control. — The New York Times

Authorities Shut Down Spam Ring » The Federal Trade Commission persuaded a federal court in Chicago on Tuesday to freeze the assets of what it called "one of the largest spam gangs on the internet." — The New York Times

FDA Probes Possible Conflict in Bisphenol Case » The Food and Drug Administration is investigating concerns that a prominent toxicologist asked to render an independent verdict on the risks of bisphenol A, a widely-used chemical in consumer goods, may have a financial conflict of interest. — The Associated Press

By Chris Matthews |  October 15, 2008; 11:33 AM ET The Daily Read
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I think you guys are missing an interesting aspect of the Mahoney story. So far, the only sources cited by ABC or anyone else are "current and former" Mahoney staffers and a Mahoney campaign staffer. With all the scandals that have happened in Congress over the last -- oh! who can count the years! -- when was the last one you can remember when the congressman's own staff were the ones to blow the whistle .... That says a lot, right there, about the nature of who Mahoney is and how he treats people ..

Posted by: enicol | October 15, 2008 8:29 PM

For all the attention paid to ACORN, I think it's interesting that there hasn't been a scandal about the misinformation that some college students have received when they register to vote, or the illegal use of social security information to purge voters from the registration lists.

Posted by: blue | October 16, 2008 12:01 AM

For all the attention paid to ACORN, I think it's interesting that there hasn't been a scandal about the misinformation that some college students have received when they register to vote, or the illegal use of social security information to purge voters from the registration lists.

Posted by: blue | October 16, 2008 12:02 AM

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