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

POSTED: 10:31 AM ET, 11/18/2008 by Chris Matthews

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 install its preferred appointees in some key jobs. — Washington Post

Iraqi Watchdogs Removed » The government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is systematically dismissing Iraqi oversight officials, who were installed to fight corruption in Iraqi ministries by order of the American occupation administration — New York Times

Bush Administration Allegedly had Americans Detained Abroad » The ACLU plans to file a suit today alleging that the Bush administration asked other nations to hold Americans suspected of terrorism links whom U.S. officials lack the evidence to charge. — McClatchy

Venezuela's Murder Rate Soars » As Venezuela has become one of the world's most violent countries, the government has kept homicide statistics secret for the past three years. — Washington Post

Paulson's Evolution » Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is leaving behind a legacy of federal interventionism that few would have expected from this former head of the investment giant Goldman Sachs. — Washington Post

FDA Officials Engaged in Misconduct » FDA scientists have alleged that top federal health officials engaged in "serious misconduct" by ignoring the scientists' concerns and approving for sale unsafe or ineffective medical devices. — New York Times

Investigative Sites Drive News » As America's newspapers shrink and shed staff, and broadcast news outlets sink in the ratings, a new kind of Web-based news operation has arisen in several cities, forcing the papers to follow the stories they uncover. — New York Times

Postal Service Boss Under Investigation » The Postal Service is investigating whether the nation's postmaster general improperly received a sweetheart deal on a mortgage from Countrywide Financial Corp. — Associated Press

DOJ Ordered to Release Hatfill Docs » A federal judge ordered the Justice Department yesterday to release documents that explain why investigators suspected Steven J. Hatfill in the 2001 anthrax mailings. — Washington Post

By Chris Matthews |  November 18, 2008; 10:31 AM ET The Daily Read
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