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

POSTED: 11:16 AM ET, 11/12/2008 by Chris Matthews

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 of Power » The nation's top two intelligence officers expect to be replaced by President-elect Barack Obama early in his administration... meanwhile, Obama has hired former Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sam Nunn to help shepherd his Pentagon transition [The Obama transition team now says Nunn will play an "informal senior adviser role;" the AP has corrected its story]... and the leader of the transition team made it clear that the president-elect would seek to keep lobbyists at a distance. The Washington Post, The Associated Press

Battle Over Interrogation Techniques » Moderates within the U.S. government are mounting what may be one last drive to roll back many of the harsh detention and interrogation policies pushed through by Vice President Dick Cheney. — Los Angeles Times

Search for Holocaust Assets Roils Israel » The global quest to find and reclaim money and property left behind by Jews killed in the Holocaust is now targeting Israel, and investigators say it's proving at least as difficult in the Jewish state as it did in Europe. — The Wall Street Journal

Financial Crisis » Companies from Ford to Verizon are pushing Congress to suspend portions of a two-year-old pension law they say could force them to cut jobs as they shift scarce money into ailing retirement pools... meanwhile, the federal government is immersed in a debate over its approach to the mortgage crisis... and banks are responding to the troubled economy by jacking up fees on their checking accounts to record amounts. — The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal

Lobbyist in Push to Curb Online Gambling Faulted » A recent lobbyist for the NFL who now works at the White House is playing a controversial role in the Bush administration's last-minute effort to implement a ban on many forms of Internet gambling. — The Washington Post

Cyberthieves Mine Online for Corporate Data » In the past year, cybercriminals have begun to infiltrate corporate tech systems as never before. — USA Today

By Chris Matthews |  November 12, 2008; 11:16 AM ET The Daily Read
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Sigh... the AP corrects yet another story, I didn't know Sam Nunn was still alive but I approve; Are we back to reporting what my WWII veteran uncle and father actually saw - the Holocaust? Good!; moderates are never on their last drive; Jobs for young people sounds like investing in the future, thanks again banks (I did tell my depression era relatives that they had a better class of bankers... jumping off buildings out of shame and guilt sounds more appropriate to me than the beach and pheasant hunting with the aristocrats); Gambling is a bad idea unless it's done in strict moderation - I know because I lived in Nevada where lots of people paid our taxes - thanks!; and Which thieves are these? The one's not getting paid by a corporation? Paid by organized crime? Not paying taxes. That's a sore spot. Everyone should get their fair share of paying taxes.

Yes, the world always has hope but we've still got some big problems to deal with now. Hope is wonderful; it will get you to the real deal. Hopefully!

Posted by: bonnietoo | November 12, 2008 6:33 PM

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