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Archive: November 2008

The Mohawk Connection

While in his twenties, Norton worked as an ironworker helping to build the World Trade Center in New York City. At the age of 28 he was elected to the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, the governing body for the 8,000-member tribe located minutes from Montreal. Two years later, Norton took over as grand chief, a position he held for more than two decades.

By The Editors | November 29, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Picks of the Week: Hacking, Rangel and Bad Loans

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 notable projects of the week.

By Derek Kravitz | November 28, 2008; 7:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

'MySpace Suicide' Case Expands Web Law

In what legal experts are calling the country's first cyber-bullying verdict, a Missouri mother was convicted of impersonating a teenage boy online, ultimately leading to a young girl's suicide.

By Derek Kravitz | November 28, 2008; 5:43 PM ET | Comments (45)

Coming Sunday: The Poker Cheats

In the past decade, online poker has grown into a lucrative industry, with millions of players placing billions of dollars worth of bets every year. The money flows to Web sites with often-murky ownership, based outside the United States in places without gambling laws. On Sunday, The Washington Post will...

By The Editors | November 28, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Feds Probing Cassano's Role at AIG

Federal investigators might have its first high-profile target in connection with the multi-billion dollar collapse of the Wall Street mortgage market: former American International Group Inc. executive Joseph J. Cassano.

By Derek Kravitz | November 26, 2008; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Melamine Found in U.S. Baby Formula, California to Investigate Mormon Aid for Prop. 8, Bailout Problems

Good morning, and welcome to the Daily Read for Wednesday. Please note, we'll be taking off Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving -- but we'll be back in action first thing Monday morning. Feel free to leave comments and please let us know if we missed anything. Melamine Found in...

By Chris Matthews | November 26, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Witness Now Says He Lied At Stevens Trial

A bizarre letter, and family feud, has prompted a federal judge to hold a hearing next week in the corruption case of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

By Derek Kravitz | November 26, 2008; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hatfill Anthrax Documents Released

A treasure trove of government documents related to the FBI's investigation into scientist Steven Jay Hatfill's suspected involvement in the 2001 anthrax attacks has been released.

By Derek Kravitz | November 25, 2008; 5:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ex-Interior Official Charged With Fraud

A former top Interior Department official was charged yesterday with accepting kickbacks from business leaders in exchange for arranging meet-and-greets with government officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

By Derek Kravitz | November 25, 2008; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

GAO, Obama Hit Farm Subsidy Abuse

Farmers who annually made more than $2.5 million income cut-off for farm subsidies received $49 million in payments for which they were not eligible.

By The Editors | November 25, 2008; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Who Killed Marilyn Monroe?

In the summer of 1973, a gossip columnist dialed up the former head of the FBI's Los Angeles office and broke some bad news. Norman Mailer was finishing a book alleging that the FBI had seized phone records showing that Marilyn Monroe called the White House shortly before she died from an overdose in 1962. In fact, the FBI soon heard, the book might imply the Bureau had something to do with the movie star's death.

By The Editors | November 25, 2008; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

Former Abramoff Lobbyists Lose Jobs, Court Backs Warrantless Searches Abroad

Good Morning and welcome to today's Daily Read. Please write comments and let us know if we missed any good stories. GAO: Labor Dept. Misled Congress » The Labor Department gave Congress inaccurate and unreliable numbers that understated the expense of contracting out its employees' work to private firms,...

By Chris Matthews | November 25, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rapper Nabs One of Bush's Prison Passes

A Grammy Award-winning rapper and music producer serving a 14-year prison term for smuggling cocaine was one of 16 people President Bush pardoned or reduced the sentences of, it was announced today.

By Derek Kravitz | November 24, 2008; 6:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

More Questions in Case of Ex-Alabama Governor

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, once imprisoned on bribery charges for nine months in federal prison but released after an appellate judge cited "substantial questions" about his case, is back in the news.

By Derek Kravitz | November 24, 2008; 1:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

UBS Clients Seek Amnesty, Rangel Tax Issue, Pardon Resurfaces for Holder

Good morning and welcome to Monday's Daily Read. Feel free to leave comments and please let us know if we missed anything. UBS Clients Seek Tax Amnesty » Wealthy clients of Swiss bank UBS AG are coming forward to make amends with tax authorities, a sign that U.S. efforts...

By Chris Matthews | November 24, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Plea for a Pardon: The Hunt For a Free Pass

With President Bush set to leave office, the question of who the soon-to-be ex-commander in chief might pardon has been debated by talking heads and pundits alike.

By Derek Kravitz | November 24, 2008; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (7)

Picks of the Week: Allergies, Transplants and Deadly Infections

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 notable projects of the week.

By Derek Kravitz | November 21, 2008; 7:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

And The Vote Goes To...

One of the biggest unanswered questions from the Nov. 4 election is who won Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. Ballot by ballot, officials in the state are answering that question during a recount of the contest between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken.

By The Editors | November 21, 2008; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Woodward and Bernstein Meet with 'Deep Throat'

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the former Washington Post reporters behind the paper's groundbreaking "Watergate" coverage and, ultimately, the resignation of former President Richard M. Nixon, met Sunday with their inside source, a 95-year-old W. Mark Felt, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

By Derek Kravitz | November 21, 2008; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (5)

Verizon's Prying Eyes, Gitmo Detainee Release, Stevens Farewell

Happy Friday, and welcome to today's Daily Read. Apart from the litany of grim economic news and continued focus on Obama's transition (will Hillary be our next Secretary of State or not??), we've got plenty of interesting investigative news to keep us busy. Please send us your tips, headlines, and...

By Amanda Zamora | November 21, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Contractor Settles Airport Screener Dispute

a company at the center of a homeland security contracting debacle several years ago has agreed to pay $5.6 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims while helping hire airport security screeners.

By The Editors | November 20, 2008; 4:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Report: CIA Withheld Info on Plane Shootdown

A CIA report released by a congressional lawmaker is set to stir up old wounds about the 2001 shoot-down of an American missionary plane mistakenly identified as a drug smuggler in Peru's Amazon region.

By Derek Kravitz | November 20, 2008; 4:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Figure in Abramoff Probe Pleads Guilty

Another Capitol Hill figure has pleaded guilty for being involved in the Jack Abramoff public corruption probe, the 15th person to plead guilty or await trail.

By Derek Kravitz | November 20, 2008; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

NYPD Feuds With DOJ, Poor DHS Oversight, Senate to Probe Bond-Raters

Good Morning and welcome to today's Daily Read. Feel free to leave comments and please let us know if we missed anything. NYPD Feuds with DOJ Over Surveillance » An effort by the NYPD to get broader latitude to eavesdrop on terrorism suspects has run into sharp resistance from...

By Chris Matthews | November 20, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Daschle's Lobbyist Wife Might Complicate New Post

The newly pegged secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, might be facing some ethical questions about his wife's lobbying activities as he becomes poised to fill a major cabinet position.

By Derek Kravitz | November 19, 2008; 5:56 PM ET | Comments (12)

Was 'Passenger' on Downed Flight a Hijacker?

For years, Edmundo Ponce de Leon has maintained he was only a passenger on a Miami-to-Cuba flight in 1958 that was hijacked by pro-Castro rebels and crashed off eastern Cuba, killing 14.

By Derek Kravitz | November 19, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Minnesota Recount Begins Today

Officials today began a recount in the contentious Minnesota Senate race between Democratic challenger Al Franken and incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. Before the recount, Coleman led Franken by 215 votes, less than 0.5 percent, triggering an automatic recount under Minnesota law. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said that county...

By Chris Matthews | November 19, 2008; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Lobbyists in the Transition

More than a dozen members of President-elect Barack Obama's transition team have worked as registered lobbyists within the past four years. They include former lobbyists for the nation's trial lawyers association, mortgage giant Fannie Mae, drug companies such as Amgen, high-tech firms such as Microsoft, labor unions and the Center for American Progress, a liberal advocacy group.

By Derek Kravitz | November 19, 2008; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ethanol Is Boon for Lobbyists

The fight over federal subsidies for ethanol is shaping up as a lobbying bonanza.

By The Editors | November 19, 2008; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (3)

Clinton to Help Wife, EPA Relaxing Rules, Cheney and Gonzales Indicted in Texas

Hello and welcome to Wednesday's Daily Read. Please let us know if we missed any stories and, as always, feel free to comment. DOJ May Have Ended BP Investigation Prematurely » The former head of an EPA criminal probe into pipeline spills at a BP PLC oil field in...

By Chris Matthews | November 19, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Case of Alaska's Missing Votes Solved

Days after Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens appeared headed to an unlikely victory for an unprecedented , pollsters and elections officials were left scratching their heads about what appeared to be a surprisingly low voter turnout in the Last Frontier.

By Derek Kravitz | November 18, 2008; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

FBI Found Mailer's Literary Style 'Obscene and Bitter'

The FBI did a secret book review of Norman Mailer's Miami and the Siege of Chicago and gave it a scathing assessment.

By The Editors | November 18, 2008; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Appointees Burrow In, Iraqi Watchdogs Removed, Venezuela's Murder Rate Soars

Welcome to Today's Daily Read. Feel free to leave comments and let us know if we missed anything. Political Appointees Burrowing In » Between March 1 and Nov. 3 the Bush administration allowed 20 political appointees to become career civil servants, depriving the Obama administration of the chance to...

By Chris Matthews | November 18, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mark Cuban Accused of Insider Trading

Mark Cuban, the eccentric Dallas Mavericks owner and self-made Internet billionaire, was charged today with insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission, a sobering pill for the take-no-prisoners entrepreneur.

By Derek Kravitz | November 17, 2008; 5:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vetting Bill Clinton Could Bring Controversy

With Hillary Clinton emerging as one of the top candidates to become Secretary of State, Barack Obama's transition team has begun to vet not only Clinton, but her husband as well. A team of lawyers will be poring over former president Bill Clinton's activities and finances. Some worry that his...

By Chris Matthews | November 17, 2008; 2:53 PM ET | Comments (7)

Are Bonuses the Next Bailout Casualty?

Goldman Sachs' decision to forgo handing out bonuses to seven of its top executives, calling it the "right thing to do," could reverberate throughout the economically-weakened Wall Street economy, as firms face equally blistering quarterly earnings reports and harsh questioning from lawmakers and the public.

By Derek Kravitz | November 17, 2008; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (6)

12 Juveniles at Gitmo, College Leader's Salaries Climb, Bush Could Pardon Spies

Good morning and welcome to Monday's Daily Read. Feel free to leave comments and please let us know if we missed anything. U.S. Held 12 Juveniles at Gitmo » The U.S. has revised its count of juveniles held at Guantanamo Bay to 12, up from the eight it reported...

By Chris Matthews | November 17, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Picks of the Week: Child Labor, Supplements and Adult Care

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 notable projects of the week.

By Derek Kravitz | November 14, 2008; 7:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oil Office Employee Sentenced to Probation

A former top official with the federal government's oil royalties collection office was sentenced today to two years' probation for arranging a back-door deal with his old employer that netted him more than $750,000 in government contracts.

By Derek Kravitz | November 14, 2008; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Report: Design Flaw Caused Bridge Collapse

A report due out today from the federal safety board cites a design flaw from 1965 as the chief culprit behind a deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007 that killed 13 people.

By Derek Kravitz | November 14, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (3)

NY Probes Bank of America's Bonuses

Bank of America's decision to reward some of its top executives with bonuses during a tough financial climate might be coming back to haunt the firm.

By Derek Kravitz | November 14, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Transition Watch, Sen. Stevens' Fate, Wall Street Bucks Regulation

Hello and welcome to Friday's edition of the Daily Read. With 67 days left until the inauguration, Barack Obama's transition into the presidency continues to dominate the news, along with the financial crisis. We're keeping tabs on the accountability issues that arise in both. See anything we missed? Post your...

By Amanda Zamora | November 14, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Minnesota Senate Recount Looms

One of the most hard-fought and closely-watched Senate races in history is set to begin its next chapter -- an exhaustive, hand-by-hand recount of 2.9 million ballots cast in Minnesota on Election Day.

By Derek Kravitz | November 13, 2008; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (10)

Cleaner E-Mail? Thank Spammer Shut-Down

Missing the regular barrage of junk e-mail in your inbox?

By Derek Kravitz | November 13, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Bailout Lacks Oversight, Spam Host Shut Down, Rezko Denied New Trial

Good morning and welcome to today's Daily Read. Did we miss anything? Please let us know and feel free to leave comments. Bailout Lacks Oversight » No formal action has been taken to fill the independent oversight posts established by Congress when it approved the bailout, nor has the...

By Chris Matthews | November 13, 2008; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Swiss Banker and 'Toxic Waste'

The indictment of a senior executive at the Swiss bank UBS could be the first sign of a hard push by President-elect Barack Obama and the Justice Department into the secretive offshore banking industry.

By Derek Kravitz | November 12, 2008; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Court Rules Against Bush on Missing E-Mails

Two watchdog organizations scored a legal victory this week when a federal court denied a motion by the Bush administration to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the White House's failure to properly store and recover millions of e-mails. The e-mails are thought to pertain to several controversial issues including the Iraq...

By Chris Matthews | November 12, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Foley Speaks Out, Apologizes for Page Scandal

Former Rep. Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who resigned his seat two years ago after the congressman's sexually-explicit messages with underage male pages became public, has broken his silence, telling reporters that he's sorry and promising a comeback.

By Derek Kravitz | November 12, 2008; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (7)

John Edwards Tiptoes Back Into Public Eye

Three months after becoming embroiled in an embarrassing sex scandal with a staffer, former Sen. John Edwards, the North Carolina Democrat and one-time presidential candidate, is trying to stage what observers are calling his political comeback last night at with a speech at Indiana University.

By Derek Kravitz | November 12, 2008; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (14)

Obama's Transition, Interrogation Battle, Cyberthieves Mine Corporate Data

Welcome to Wednesday's Daily Read. Moderates are battling to roll back many of the harsh interrogation techniques pushed through by the Bush administration and the Obama team plans to keep lobbyists at arm's length. Feel free to leave comments and let us know if we missed anything. The Transition...

By Chris Matthews | November 12, 2008; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Stops Short of Strict Ban on Lobbyists

As part of the "most open and transparent" presidential transition in history, President-elect Barack Obama will bar lobbyists with conflicts of interest from working to help install the Illinois Democrat in the White House, his team announced today.

By Derek Kravitz | November 11, 2008; 5:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Another Resort Trip for AIG

The federally-sponsored Wall Street bailout, initially priced at $700 billion to save a host of troubled mortgage lenders, investment banks and firms, now appears to be only the tip of the iceberg. The real amount? Close to $2 trillion, analysts say.

By Derek Kravitz | November 11, 2008; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama to Consider Closing Gitmo, Intelligence to Remain Intact, Mystery of Lost Nuke

Good morning and welcome to today's Daily Read. President-elect Obama considers closing the Guantanamo Bay prison and Goldman Sachs urged its investors to bet against California bonds it was paid to help sell. Obama to Consider Closing Gitmo » President-elect Barack Obama's advisers are crafting plans to close the...

By Chris Matthews | November 11, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (2)

Campaign Money to Fight Congressional Sex Scandals?

When it comes to congressional sex scandals, a lawmaker's best friends could very will be his donors.

By Derek Kravitz | November 10, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Questions Persist in Slaying of Oakland Editor

The motto of an unusual collection of investigative journalists probing the death of one of their own is crystal clear: "You can't kill a story by killing a journalist."

By Derek Kravitz | November 10, 2008; 3:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Exclusive: Mailer's FBI File--J. Edgar, Jackie & Marilyn

A mention in a Washington Post column of a Norman Mailer magazine article mocking First Lady Jackie Kennedy led FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to send FBI agents bird-dogging after the author for 15 years.

By The Editors | November 10, 2008; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Secret U.S. Raids, AIG Bailout, Election Reform

Welcome to Monday's Daily Read. AIG received a new $40 billion bailout this morning and the U.S. military has been conducting secret raids targeting Al Qaeda in a number of countries since 2004. Feel free to leave comments and let us know if we missed anything. U.S. to Expand...

By Chris Matthews | November 10, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cyber-Attacks Reported At White House, Campaigns

Two high-profile incidents of cyber-hacking have been reported at the White House and the two presidential campaigns in recent months, news outlets are reporting.

By Derek Kravitz | November 7, 2008; 6:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Picks of the Week: Student No-Shows and South Ossetian War

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 notable projects of the week.

By Derek Kravitz | November 7, 2008; 6:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Report: Georgia May Have Sparked War With Russia

Accounts by European observers monitoring August's Georgia-Russia war have cast doubt on pro-Western Georgian claims that it was attacked first, The New York Times reported.

By Derek Kravitz | November 7, 2008; 2:11 PM ET | Comments (4)

Emanuel's Role at Freddie Mac, Pleas Filed in Obama Plot, Post-Campaign Complaints

Good morning and welcome to the Daily Read for Friday, as we wind down from the high-voltage presidential campaign. See something we missed? Drop us a line or post your suggested stories in the comments below. Emanuel's Role at Freddie Mac » President-elect Barack Obama's newly appointed chief of staff,...

By Amanda Zamora | November 7, 2008; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama vs. Rich Farmers?

Next year, Democrats are very likely to push for cuts in agricultural programs, including farm subsidies, if they redo their budget priorities to save money, congressional sources say.

By The Editors | November 6, 2008; 4:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Spitzer Won't Be Charged in Prostitution Case

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the once-powerful Democrat who abruptly resigned in March after trysts with a high-end prostitute were disclosed, will not face criminal charges, ending the hush-hush Justice Department investigation.

By Derek Kravitz | November 6, 2008; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (4)

Alaska Turnout, Results Raise Questions

Elections officials, party leaders and voters are wondering what happened in Alaska, where turnout numbers were surprisingly low and two lawmakers who have been the focus of FBI corruption investigations appear to have won re-election despite polling suggesting they would be ousted.

By Derek Kravitz | November 6, 2008; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (103)

DHS Grants, Bridge Collapse Report, Email Black Boxes

Good morning and welcome to Thursday's Daily Read. President-Elect Obama has shifted his focus to his transition into the White House. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is reducing the requirements attached to its security grants and the Iowa meatpacking plant that was recently raided by immigration officials has...

By Chris Matthews | November 6, 2008; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Minnesota Senate Race Heading to Recount

Minnesota's incredibly close Senate race looks like it's headed for a recount, with the campaigns, lawyers and elections officials already gearing up for a long and bitter fight.

By Derek Kravitz | November 6, 2008; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Government Oil Supervisor Pleads Guilty

A former administrator with the government agency that collects oil and natural gas royalties pleaded guilty today on charges he accepted improper gifts from a contractor and lied about it to his supervisors.

By Derek Kravitz | November 5, 2008; 6:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

What Does Stevens Do Now?

With signs pointing to Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens pulling out an improbable victory for a seventh term, the question now is what the convicted felon will do to quell calls for his resignation by his congressional colleagues.

By Derek Kravitz | November 5, 2008; 5:08 PM ET | Comments (2)

Google-Yahoo Deal Collapses in Face of Antitrust Lawsuit

After several days of rumors that the proposed advertising partnership between Google and Yahoo was on the verge of unraveling, Google's legal team announced today that the deal is officially dead. The Washington Post's Kim Hart and Peter Whoriskey report: Google's withdrawal presents a setback for Yahoo, which has struggled...

By Amanda Zamora | November 5, 2008; 4:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Scandals Don't Hamper Alaskans, But Oust Florida Lawmaker

A sex scandal, a felony corruption conviction and the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" led to some razor thin congressional races on Capitol Hill.

By Derek Kravitz | November 5, 2008; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lobbyists Hire Dems, FCC Expands Use of Airwaves, Michigan Dimes Redeemed

Welcome to today's Daily Read. Barack Obama was elected the nation's 44th president last night in decisive fashion. The president-elect faces hard choices and challenges in his first term. Meanwhile, the state of Michigan is losing $10 million a year because people are redeeming containers bought in other states...

By Chris Matthews | November 5, 2008; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Record Turnout Causes Problems, But Fewer Than Thought

A ballot with the presidential canddiates at a polling station in the West Lawn neighborhood of Chicago, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News) Malfunctioning voting machines, long lines and registration errors hampered voting across the country, caused largely due to record-breaking turnout, but the problems were far fewer than originally feared,...

By Derek Kravitz | November 5, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Breathtaking' Numbers of Americans Flood the Polls

An unprecedented outpouring of voters translated into waits of several hours today at polling sites from southeastern Virginia to Arizona, amid sporadic reports around the country of voting machine malfunctions, faulty registration lists and deceptive text-messages and other high-tech efforts to deter young people and minorities from casting ballots. (Washington...

By Amanda Zamora | November 4, 2008; 11:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Amish Voters Prefer Paper Ballots

A spokesman for Ohio's Trumbull County Board of Elections said that most voters preferred using touch-screen voting machines to paper ballots, with one exception: Amish voters. Poll workers in Farmington Township, where a large percentage of Amish residents vote, reported that Amish voters chose to use paper ballots in fairly...

By Chris Matthews | November 4, 2008; 10:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

California Voters Face Few Problems

California voters faced few problems at the polls today, despite isolated cases of power outages and fear of some ballot shortages in what election officials predict will be a record-breaking turnout. The California secretary of state's office did not receive reports of voting problems besides the power outages in Los...

By Chris Matthews | November 4, 2008; 9:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reports of Deceptive Robocalls Hit Several States

While voting on the whole has gone fairly smoothly (despite some long lines and a few glitches), several parts of the country have been dealing with a flurry of last-minute reports of robocalls and robotexts meant to confuse voters. What exactly is a robocall? It's a pre-recorded campaign message that...

By Chris Matthews | November 4, 2008; 9:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Longest Wait Time Yet?

A voter in Chesapeake, Va., waited in line for more than 7 hours, slightly more than the extraordinary 6 1/2-hour wait times in the suburbs of St. Louis, according to Election Protection. The voter apparently was at the Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Community Center, which has about 1,000 people waiting...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 8:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Three 'Voter Suppression' Cases in Va.

State police are investigating at least three cases of possible voter suppression at election sites across Virginia. The cases were reported in the city of Richmond, Fairfax County and Fauquier County. One case was concerning the "over presentation of law enforcement" at a polling place; another case involved the playing...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 8:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ohio Officials Prepare for Provisional Ballots

With voting sites now closed, Ohio Boards of Elections are preparing to deal with the thousands of provisional ballots believed to be cast by Ohioans. Provisional ballots, which are used when poll workers can't confirm a voters identity, will be counted only after state election officials confirm the voter is...

By Chris Matthews | November 4, 2008; 8:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Florida Voters Endure Long Lines

Florida Democrats complained to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office today about 3 1/2 hour long lines to vote at the University of Central Florida arena. The O.C. elections supervisor sent four additional staff members to the arena which dramatically shortened the lines. Despite the long wait, voters remained...

By Chris Matthews | November 4, 2008; 7:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lack of Bilingual Ballots Angers Some in Colo.

In Colorado, activists and a county clerk clashed over a lack of bilingual ballots. No voting instructions were printed in Spanish and there were not enough translators available at precincts in the county, which is 27 percent Latino. During early voting, Spanish speakers waited in line for more than two...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 7:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Camera Wielding Voters May Break Law

Voters taking cameras and video recorders with them into voting booths may be breaking the law. In the first election since the advent of YouTube, voters are documenting their voting experience and posting them on the site's "Video Your Vote" section, a collaboration with PBS. However, some states prohibit recording...

By Chris Matthews | November 4, 2008; 7:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

As Polls Begin to Close, Few Problems Reported

Reports of voting problems are slowly streaming in as roughly 100 million voters head to the polls.

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 6:40 PM ET | Comments (8)

GOP Watcher Alleges Panther Intimidation

A Republican poll watcher in Philadelphia called police alleging that two members of the New Black Panthers group were intimidating voters at the polls today. However, police and investigators from the D.A.'s office said they found no evidence of intimidation. Another Panther at the scene said he was there to...

By Chris Matthews | November 4, 2008; 6:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

FBI Probing George Mason E-Mail

The FBI is looking into how a phony e-mail was sent to George Mason University's server telling people to vote Nov. 5 along with the forged signature from the college's provost. About 35,000 people received the fake e-mail message (although most students interviewed by The Post said they didn't fall...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 6:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Demands GOP Distribute Order

An Indiana judge ordered the Marion County Republican Party to distribute copies of a recent order forbidding GOP operatives from challenging voters based on their names showing up on foreclosure or eviction lists. The judge issued the order Oct. 24 after the NAACP had filed suit based on suspicions Republicans...

By Chris Matthews | November 4, 2008; 5:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Iowa College Students' Ballots Questioned

Leaders of the Poweshiek County Republican Party in Iowa want the ballots of 50 Grinnell College students tossed because the students listed the college's main mailing address on their absentee ballots instead of their campus mailboxes. The county auditor said Grinnell students have listed the general campus address in the...

By Chris Matthews | November 4, 2008; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Double Bubble' May Be Problem in Ohio

New voters in Ohio who are not used to paper ballots might be incorrectly filling in the bubble next to their candidate and filling in his or her name in the write-in section. Such ballots would be disqualified as an "over-vote." Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has asked that...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 5:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Orders Va. To Keep Late Ballots

A federal judge ordered election officials in Virginia to preserve late-arriving absentee ballots, including ones from military personnel overseas, that Republican Sen. John McCain's campaign claims should be counted. The McCain campaign says in a lawsuit that absentee ballots weren't mailed on time to many military members serving overseas. The...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 4:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

N.C. Poll Closing Times Extended

Two North Carolina polling places had their closing times extended after delays this morning. In one case in Raleigh, an election official accidentally left the ballots in her grandson's truck, delaying voting in that precinct by more than an hour and forcing 300 people to wait. Another precinct in Durham...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Phony Election E-Mail Tracked to Company

A bogus e-mail that advised 35,000 George Mason University students, faculty and staff that Election Day had been moved to Nov. 5 has been tracked to a D.C.-based company that works with political campaigns on the Web. Among the group's clients are Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine's Moving Virginia Forward campaign...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

6 1/2-Hour Lines in St. Louis Suburbs

One precinct in the tiny suburb of Velda City in St. Louis County reported extraordinarily long lines -- up to 6 1/2 hours -- this morning. After a few hours early today, volunteers handed out snacks and water to people in line. People who finally got in to vote were...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Report: Feds Headed to Georgia After Deadline Trouble

Federal observers are on their way to Middle Georgia College in Bleckley County after elections officials apparently extended, then withdrew, a deadline to ensure student voting registrations. About 500 students from the predominantly black college registered to vote in the days leading up to the election, but about 370 were...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kansas City Glitch Causes Voter List to Disappear

A missing list of registered voters at Kansas City-area precincts led to a "frantic scramble to fix the problem." Melodie Powell, chairperson of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners said that "the poll logs got intermingled." She blamed a computer glitch for the problem. Elections officials sent out blank...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Anti-Obama Fliers, Heavy Turnout in Pa.

Elections officials and attorneys are keeping a close eye on Pennsylvania where voters awoke to especially long lines in Pittsburgh and some "funny business" in Philadelphia. Heavy turnout in Pittsburgh caused long lines and some voting glitches but no major incidents. In Philadelphia, phony voting information was sent via text...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Weather, Glitches, Long Lines in Va.

Long lines and a host of voting machine problems are dominating the story in Virginia, according to watchdog groups and elections officials across the state. Election Protection called for the state to extend poll times to 9 p.m.; a federal judge refused a similar order earlier this week. Long lines...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 1:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Missing Ballots Prompts Concern in Fla.

Clerks in at least three precincts in Tampa-St. Petersburg failed to hand out the second page of ballots, leaving voters unable to vote on all the measures. Elections officials there say one clerk has already been replaced, and are working to figure out what to do with the other two...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Polls Running Smoothly in Cleveland

Voting in Cleveland and its surrounding suburbs is going smoothly, elections officials say. As of 10 a.m., the board had received reports of 25 problems with scanners across the county. Five of the scanners were replaced. Of the more than 1,400 precincts in Cuyahoga County, only three were not open...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Columbus Downplays Machine Problems

Elections officials in Columbus, Ohio, are downplaying reports of widespread problems in Franklin County with touch-screen voting machines. County officials there say poll workers are having problems setting up certain machines; Election Protection, a national group of activists and election watchdog groups, had reported problems with machines in that county....

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Power Outage At Minn. Polls After Accident

Power outages occurred at polling places in St. Paul, Minn., after a truck hit a power plant at about 8:25 a.m. Power was out for about 90 minutes at one polling place, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported, but it did not adversely affect voting, elections officials said. Voters' ballots...

By Derek Kravitz | November 4, 2008; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Few Snags, But Voters Persist

Voting continues in Denver despite the failure of some voting machines. Election judges at Manual High School in Denver's Whittier neighborhood switched to paper ballots after computerized voting machines failed. (Denver Post)...

By Amanda Zamora | November 4, 2008; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Election Day Coverage

Good morning and welcome to a special Election Day edition of the Daily Read. You can monitor the election all day at the Post's Politics page. Check out our Vote Monitor 2008 which lets you share your experience at the polls and gives you the latest on voting news...

By Chris Matthews | November 4, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

E-Mail Hoax Hits George Mason

Unknown hackers broke into George Mason University's e-mail system and sent students a forged message from the school's provost early this morning stating that Election Day had been moved to Nov. 5. (Security Fix/

By Amanda Zamora | November 4, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Officials Warn of Deceptive Robo-Calls

State election officials are warning Virginia voters not to believe robo-calls intended to mislead voters about their polling places. Officials advise voters to verify their polling places at or by calling call the state board toll-free at 1-800-552-9745. (AP)...

By Amanda Zamora | November 4, 2008; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

New 'Troopergate' Report Supports Palin

On the eve of Election Day, a second report is set to be released detailing the circumstances behind the controversial firing of a state police commissioner in Alaska by Gov. Sarah Palin.

By Derek Kravitz | November 3, 2008; 8:08 PM ET | Comments (6)

Lying Juror Says Stevens Guilty

The juror who left the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens after telling the judge her father had died in California actually attended the Breeder's Cup horse race, she said today.

By Derek Kravitz | November 3, 2008; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Long Wait at the Polls? Bring a Book.

With elections officials predicting long lines in many states, including across the Washington area, there's one piece of advice that seems to be universal: Bring a book.

By Derek Kravitz | November 3, 2008; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Election Coverage, Nevada Gov. Cleared, Judge Demands Wiretap Memos

Welcome to Monday's Daily Read. With Election Day less than 24 hours away, the Fix gives its final electoral map Still undecided? Take a look at the Post's guide to the candidates' positions on the issues. Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons was cleared in a federal investigation into his ties...

By Chris Matthews | November 3, 2008; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)


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