Former Abramoff Lobbyists Lose Jobs, Court Backs Warrantless Searches Abroad
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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, according to a GAO report released yesterday. — Washington Post
Former Abramoff Lobbyists Lose Jobs» Two former congressional aides-turned-lobbyists with ties to Jack Abramoff lost their jobs in recent days as federal prosecutors signaled interest in them in court papers. — Associated Pres
Court Backs Warrantless Searches Abroad » Authorities may lawfully conduct searches and electronic surveillance against U.S. citizens in foreign countries without a warrant, a federal appeals court panel said on Monday, ruling that a key constitutional protection afforded to Americans does not apply overseas. — New York Times
Regulation Change Costs Injured Vets » The Pentagon's definition of combat-related disabilities was narrowed in a little-noticed change in regulations in March, costing some wounded veterans thousands of dollars in lost benefits. — Los Angeles Times
Iraq Ally Lists Were Altered » Historians researching U.S. alliance-building efforts in the early stages of the Iraq war say they are troubled by what seem to be deletions of and alterations to the official lists of nations that supported the war effort. — New York Times
Release of Iranian Raises Questions » Questions surround the detention of an Iranian man, accused by U.S. officials of being a senior officer of Iran's Quds Force paramilitary unit, who was quietly released Friday after three days in custody. — Los Angeles Times
Feds to Deregulate Corn for Ethanol Use» The Agriculture Department is moving to make it easier to grow genetically engineered corn for ethanol production, despite fears among safety advocates that some might end up in human food. — Associated Pres
Rangel Aided Donor to Personal Project» Congressional records and interviews show that Rep. Charlie Rangel was instrumental in preserving a lucrative tax loophole that benefited an oil-drilling company last year, while at the same time its chief executive was pledging $1 million to the Charles B. Rangel School of Public Service at C.C.N.Y. — New York Times
LAPD Connects the Dots» Under an LAPD program, analysts log information on suspicious behavior into a central database using standardized labels, enabling the department to analyze patterns, a process the Department of Homeland Security has struggled to integrate. — Wall Street Journal
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