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'War' on Terror's Sudden End, Following the TARP Money, Senators Call for Fraud Probes

POSTED: 09:38 AM ET, 01/23/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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'War' on Terror's Sudden End » President Obama yesterday eliminated the most controversial tools employed by his predecessor against terrorism suspects. With the stroke of his pen, he effectively declared an end to the "war on terror," as President George W. Bush had defined it. Meanwhile, Obama's new intelligence chief vows there will "not be waterboarding on my watch." — Washington Post

Where Is the TARP Money? » The Treasury Department's top watchdog for the financial bailout says it's preparing to ask every bank and company that's received a dollar from the $700 billion financial rescue to detail how the funds were used. — Washington Post

Senators Call for Fraud Probes » Senate Banking Committee members Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) yesterday decried the government's commitment to investigating financial crimes as inadequate and proposed spending $110 million more to pursue white-collar criminals. — Washington Post

Army Cites Negligence in GI's Death » An Army investigation called the electrocution death of a U.S. soldier in Iraq a "negligent homicide" caused by military contractor KBR Inc. and two of its supervisors, according to a document obtained by the AP. — Associated Press

The Madoff Probe » The unusual nature of how Bernard Madoff's alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme surfaced -- with a confession from the key figure himself -- is complicating a high-profile investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, with investigators working backward to find out who could have helped a man who said he acted alone. — Wall Street Journal

Blagojevich Compares Arrest to Pearl Harbor » Illinois' embattled but defiant governor turned to the history books to describe the emotional strain on him and his family, comparing his arrest last month to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. — Associated Press

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» Merrill Paid Billions In Bonuses, As New Owner Sought Bailout Dollars (TPM)
» Pelosi Names Four New Democrats to Ethics Panel (CQ)
» How Some Firms Boost the Boss's Pension (WSJ)
» GAO Details a Bloated Budget for Government Contracts (WaPo)
» Why the SEC is probing Steve Jobs (CNN)
» GM Settles SEC Accounting Case (WSJ)
» Fair-Wage Bill Clears the Senate (WaPo)
» Geithner Signals Harder Line Toward China (WaPo)
» Satyam Accused of Creating Ghost Staff (WSJ)

By Amanda Zamora |  January 23, 2009; 9:38 AM ET The Daily Read
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