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Financial Crisis, Stevens Trial, White House Politics

POSTED: 11:59 AM ET, 10/16/2008 by Chris Matthews

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 poised to enact a major overhaul of U.S. financial regulation agencies ... European Union leaders are pushing for global oversight of the world's 30 biggest banks and financial institutions ... federal investigators are investigating potential wrongdoing at Washington Mutual, the troubled savings bank that regulators seized late last month ... New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo plans to investigate AIG's payments to senior executives ... meanwhile, AIG continues to lobby states to soften new controls on the mortgage industry. — The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

Stevens Trial » Catherine Stevens takes the stand today in the trial against her husband, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, a day after a key defense witness and close friend of Stevens denied telling a business executive that he didn't have to bill the Republican lawmaker for extensive renovations to his Alaska house. — Associatd Press, The Washington Post

Report: White House Aided GOP Campaigns » A new report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found at least 303 out-of-town trips by senior Bush appointees meant to lend prestige or bring federal grants to 99 politically endangered Republicans that year. — The Washington Post

ACORN Controversy » As accusations of fraud mount, ACORN is negotiating to sever all ties with its founder, whose brother embezzled almost $1 million from the group 8 years ago ... meanwhile, Ohio's attorney general has filed an emergency appeal to block a lower court decision that could deny thousands of voters a chance to cast ballots Nov. 4. — The New York Times, The Washington Post

Campaign Held Mortgage for Wexler » Although Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler hasn't owned a home in Florida for more than a decade, his campaign held a second mortgage until this year on a West Palm Beach house that's now in foreclosure. — Palm Beach Post

Prop. 6 Donor Causes Campaign Sparks » The coalition pushing Proposition 6 on California's November ballot is on the defensive as critics take issue with a $1 million contribution to the anti-crime initiative by indicted billionaire and Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III. — Los Angeles Times

Death Row Inmates Denied Health Care » The ACLU claims that death row inmates at a federal prison in Indiana have been routinely denied access to medical, dental, and mental health care. — The Associated Press

By Chris Matthews |  October 16, 2008; 11:59 AM ET The Daily Read
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How would you cover the discovery of 1 million embezzlement from, say, an evangelical church or anti-abortion group ... better yet one that McCain had given 800'00 dollars to this year?

We know the answer already because we know the coverage past church scandals rightly received. They were scandalous and deserved to be made public.

Why is 1 million embezzlement of contributions from good people meant to be used for the poor inner city citizens not getting more coverage or investigative journalsim? The story has been out since June and it is properly SCANDALOUS. Is it to cover Obama? To cover Drummond Pike & the TIDES org who secretly paid off the theft and kept the nice liberal white guy out of prison .. AND in a job for the same group he stole from?

You must really think Americans are stupid.
Even the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is investigating this crime and cover up at the very foundations of ACORN and you pass over it softly softly?

This kind of partisanship from a major newspaper does put our democracy in serious danger.

Posted by: sally | October 18, 2008 7:02 AM

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