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Questions Over Clinton Nomination, Obama Halts Federal Regulators, Failed Bid for Stevens Pardon

POSTED: 11:06 AM ET, 01/21/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Questions Linger Over Clinton Nomination » The Senate approved seven of President Obama's Cabinet-level appointees yesterday, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is still awaiting a confirmation vote after fresh objections raised by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.). Meanwhile, Treasury nominee Timothy F. Geithner faces more questions today about his taxes. — Washington Post, Politico

A Halt on Federal Regulators » The Obama administration has taken an initial step to put its imprint on the government, ordering work halted on all federal regulations left unfinished at the end of the Bush era until they can be reviewed by the new president's team. Meanwhile, a judge quickly granted Obama's request to suspend the war crimes trial of a Guantanamo detainee. — Washington Post, USA Today

Failed Bid for Stevens Pardon » Lisa Murkowski, a Republican who has taken Ted Stevens' place as the senior senator from Alaska, sought the pardon from former president George W. Bush in a Jan. 7 letter to the White House, but it appears Stevens will be left to fight his conviction in the courts. — Anchorage Daily news

New Problems at UC Irvine Hospital » Federal regulators investigating serious failings in UC Irvine Medical Center's anesthesiology department threatened to cut off Medicare funding after identifying dozens of new problems within the hospital. — L.A. Times

Report Faults Treatment of Immigrant Women » A new study by the University of Arizona finds that some 300 women held at immigration detention centers in Arizona face dangerous delays in health care and widespread mistreatment; federal immigration officials criticize the report as narrow and unsubstantiated. — New York Times

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» In Final Legal Act, Bush Appeals Spy Ruling (Wired)
» Ethics Case Knocks Against Rangel's Tax Acumen (CQ)
» Madoff's Point Man Is Cast in Same Role for Prosecutors (WSJ)
» Blagojevich gives Senate no answer on charges (AP)
» Pelosi names Rep. Lofgren as ethics
chairwoman
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» Portland mayor apologizes for 'sexual relationship' with teenager (Oregonian)
» FCC Fines Cable Firms Over Changes (WaPo)
» Firm Reports Massive Data Breach From Credit, Debit Transactions (WaPo)

By Amanda Zamora |  January 21, 2009; 11:06 AM ET The Daily Read
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