Greenspan in the Hot Seat, Voter Registration Issues, Stevens Trial Drama
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Spotlight on Greenspan » As we noted yesterday, Alan Greenspan was in the hotseat on Capitol Hill, admitting to mistakes made during his tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve and leading this morning's headlines in the U.S. and around the world: "Greenspan Admits Errors," "House Panel Heaps Blame," Greenspan: "Credit Tsunami Not My Fault." — Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, Sky News
The Campaign Trail » Community organizing group ACORN overstated their voter registration figures by about 850,000 people, fueling criticism from GOP officials ... concerns about prison-based gerrymandering grow as the number of inmates around the country has ballooned ... more scrutiny of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reveals a tendency by the Alaska governor to appoint friends and donors to key posts ... finally, police are investigating "all angles" of this week's apparent attack on a McCain volunteer from College Station, Texas. — New York Times, L.A. Times, Associated Press
Stevens Trial 'Pep Talk' » The federal judge presiding over the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) declined to remove a juror that other jurors described as rude, disrespectful and unreasonable, instead calling the panel into his courtroom for a "pep talk" ... meanwhile, another juror left the trial after a death in her family, raising the possibility that the panel will have to begin deliberations from scratch with a replacement juror. — Washington Post, CNN
More to Come in Mahoney Case? » A week after admitting to "multiple" extramarital affairs, Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) is facing fresh allegations from current and former staff members who say he has yet to come completely clean about his multiple affairs, abusive behavior and alleged ethical lapses. — Capitol Briefing, ABC News
Bloch Resigns Under Pressure » Office of Special Counsel chief Scott J. Bloch resigned yesterday after meeting with White House officials, five months after the FBI raided his home and his government office as part of an ongoing obstruction of justice probe. — Washington Post
Ex-Generals: Review Bush's Detention Powers » Former generals and U.S. Justice Department officials have filed briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Bush administration's authority to indefinitely detain the only suspected enemy combatant held on U.S. soil. — Associated Press
EPA Again Bows to White House » After the White House intervened, the Environmental Protection Agency last week weakened a rule on airborne lead standards at the last minute so that fewer polluters would have their emissions monitored. — McClatchy
Hathaway's Ex Sentenced » Anne Hathaway's former boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for cheating investors of millions of dollars by claiming he had Vatican connections that enabled him to buy Roman Catholic Church property at a discount. — Associated Press
NY Police Probe Alleged Brutality » Brooklyn prosecutors and police internal affairs officers are investigating allegations that uniformed New York City police officers beat and sodomized a man in a Brooklyn subway station, officials and lawyers for the man said on Thursday. — New York Times
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