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Peanut Plant Aware of Salmonella, The Blagojevich Tapes, Timothy Geithner's Two-Step

POSTED: 10:01 AM ET, 01/28/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Peanut Plant Aware of Salmonella » The Georgia peanut plant linked to a salmonella outbreak that has killed eight people and sickened 500 more across the country knowingly shipped out contaminated peanut butter 12 times in the past two years, federal officials said yesterday. — Washington Post

Blago Tapes: 'I'm Good for It' » Audiotapes played at Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment trial included a conversation with his brother, Robert Blagojevich, allegedly regarding a $100,000 bribe from a racetrack operator. Meanwhile, Blagojevich continues to boycott his impeachment, which he has dubbed a "political witch hunt." — Washington Post

Geithner's Two-Step » Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner picked a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist as a top aide Tuesday, the same day he announced rules aimed at reducing the role of lobbyists in agency decisions. Mark Patterson will serve as Geithner's chief of staff at Treasury, which oversees the government's $700 billion financial bailout program. — USA Today, Washington Post

Interior Under Fire in Grand Canyon Case » Interior Department officials engaged in a legal battle with a conservation advocacy group ignored key scientific findings when they limited water flows in the Grand Canyon to optimize electricity generation, risking damage to the ecology of the national landmark, according to documents obtained by The Post. — Washington Post

Dissidents at FDA Complain of Inquiry » Nine dissident scientists at the Food and Drug Administration who say they were forced to approve high-risk medical devices sent a letter to President Obama on Monday stating that agency officials might have made them the targets of a criminal investigation into their complaints of wrongdoing. — New York Times

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» Bill Clinton got $2M foreign after State buzz (Politico)
» McCain Balks at Defense Nominee's Industry Ties (WaPo)
» Democrats Overturn Barrier to Unequal-Pay Suits (WaPo)
» SEC Warns of Lack of Oversight Resources (WaPo)
» Thain Subpoenaed in Merrill Lynch Bonus Inquiry (WaPo)
» Another Jail Death, and Mounting Questions (NYT)
» $20 Million Settlement Reached for Veterans in ID Theft Suit (NYT)
» U.S. retrieves MP3 player with military files (Reuters)

By Amanda Zamora |  January 28, 2009; 10:01 AM ET The Daily Read
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