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Bad Peanuts, New Copter Rules and a Problem at the CIA

POSTED: 10:44 AM ET, 01/29/2009 by Derek Kravitz

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Peanut Products from Plant Recalled» In one of the largest food recalls in history, the Food and Drug Administration asked retailers, manufacturers and consumers yesterday to throw out every product made in the past two years from peanuts processed by a Georgia plant at the heart of a deadly nationwide outbreak of salmonella illness. — Washington Post

New Rules Proposed For News Helicopters» The National Transportation Safety Board yesterday called for new limits on helicopter pilots who report for television, following an investigation into the cause of a deadly collision between two Arizona news helicopters in July 2007. — Washington Post

SEC Chief Discloses Wealth» The new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro, has hundreds of thousands of dollars in money-market and mutual funds, large holdings in stocks, and is receiving $675,000 in deferred compensation from a company on whose board she sat for about 10 years. — Associated Press

CIA Station Chief In Algeria Accused In Two Sex Assaults» The CIA's station chief in Algeria was accused this fall by two Muslim women of sexually assaulting them using a date-rape drug. The case presents the Obama administration's new intelligence team with an unexpected legal and diplomatic crisis. — ABC News, Washington Post

Wall Street Paid Hefty Bonuses» Despite crippling losses, multibillion-dollar bailouts and the passing of some of the most prominent names in the business, employees at financial companies in New York, the now-diminished world capital of capital, collected an estimated $18.4 billion in bonuses for the year. — New York Times

Blagojevich to End Boycott of His Own Trial» After boycotting his impeachment trial for three days, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced yesterday that he wanted to address the State Senate before legislators begin deliberations on whether to remove him from office. — New York Times

After the jump...

BEST OF THE REST

» House Fortifies Whistleblower Protections(Associated Press)

» JPMorgan Exited Madoff-Linked Funds Last Fall (Politico)

» Painting the Scene of Madoff's Operation (WSJ)

» Obama finds room for lobbyists (Politico)

» U.S. Investigates Los Angeles Archdiocese Officials (WSJ)

» President Obama launches recovery.gov to monitor spending (Times of London)

By Derek Kravitz |  January 29, 2009; 10:44 AM ET The Daily Read
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