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Nuclear or Bio Attack Called Likely, U.S. to Expand Tax Inquiry, Former Detroit Mayor's Aide Pleads Guilty

POSTED: 09:55 AM ET, 12/ 2/2008 by Chris Matthews

Good morning, and welcome to the Daily Read for Tuesday. Please leave comments and let us know if we missed any good stories.

Nuclear or Biological Attack Called Likely» The odds that terrorists will soon strike a major city with weapons of mass destruction are now better than even, a bipartisan congressionally mandated task force concludes in a draft study. — Washington Post

U.S. Said to Expand Tax Inquiry » The Justice Department has expanded its criminal investigation into foreign banks that sell offshore private banking services to include Credit Suisse and HSBC. — New York Times

18 Month FBI Investigation of Mass. Senator » The 18-month long FBI operation targeting former Democratic state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson was the most elaborately orchestrated public corruption sting in decades in Massachusetts — Associated Press

Former Detroit Mayor's Aide Pleads Guilty » The top aide to Detroit's disgraced former mayor, Kwame M. Kilpatrick, pleaded guilty Monday to obstruction of justice and agreed to serve four months in jail for her part in the text-message sex scandal that led to Kilpatrick's downfall. — New York Times

Feds Indict Birmingham Mayor » The mayor of Alabama's largest city was arrested Monday by federal investigators on charges of bribery, fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns. — USA Today

Raid in British Leak Case Sparks Debate » A decision by London's anti-terrorism police to arrest a lawmaker and raid his offices in an inquiry into the leaking of sensitive documents has triggered a passionate debate about democracy and the historic rights of Parliament in Britain. — Associated Press

Obama To Tackle Explosion In Federal Contracts» President-elect Obama has said he plans to grapple with the explosion in government contracts under the Bush administration.— NPR

Rangel Plans to Retain Post» Insiders say House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel has no intention of giving up his powerful post, instead, he is launching a concerted counterattack against The New York Times, which reported last week on Rangel's alleged misconduct... meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it's unlikely she'll heed calls for the veteran Harlem lawmaker to lose his chairmanship. — Politico, NY Daily News

By Chris Matthews |  December 2, 2008; 9:55 AM ET The Daily Read
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