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Clouds Gather Over Burris, PMA's Friends in High Places, UBS to Open Secret Files

POSTED: 09:58 AM ET, 02/19/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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I ask you today to stop the rush to judgment. You know the real Roland. I've done nothing wrong. I have absolutely nothing to hide."
Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.), Clouds Gather Over Roland Burris

PMA's Friends in High Places » More than 100 House members secured earmarks in a major spending bill for clients of a single lobbying firm -- The PMA Group -- known for its close ties to John P. Murtha , the congressman in charge of Pentagon appropriations. — CQ Politics

UBS to Open Secret Files » Switzerland's largest bank has agreed to divulge the names of well-heeled Americans whom the authorities suspect of using offshore accounts at the bank to evade taxes. The bank has admitted conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and agreed to pay $780 million to settle a sweeping federal investigation into its activities. — New York Times, Washington Post

FBI Probed Valenti's Sexuality » Previously confidential FBI files on Jack Valenti, the former aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson, provide further insight into the conduct of the agency under J. Edgar Hoover, for whom damaging personal information on the powerful was a useful tool in his interactions with presidents. — Washington Post

Alaska Asks Palin to Pay Up » Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) owes income taxes on nearly $17,000 paid to her as travel reimbursements when she spent nights in her Wasilla residence, according to a state legal opinion that the payments were not legitimate business expenses, a state official said yesterday. — Washington Post

Montana Asbestos Trial Begins » Prosecutors say W. R. Grace & Company and its managers knew as far back as the 1970s that asbestos was mixed with dust clouds of vermiculite and that this posed a risk to their mine workers, but that they conspired to continue releasing it into the air and to misrepresent the peril. — New York Times

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» Recovery.gov: How the Stimulus Site Delivers - and Doesn't (ProPublica)
» Study: U.S. forensic crime labs need major reform (Reuters)
» Jury: Rancher didn't violate illegal immigrants' rights (Houston Chronicle)
» Facebook Backs Into a 'Bill of Rights' (WaPo)
» Accused Financier Stanford Under Federal Drug Investigation... (ABC News)
» ...Latin Americans fret as Stanford crisis spreads (Reuters)
» Google Earth reveals secret history of US base in Pakistan (Times Online)
» Corruption mars Afghanistan reconstruction, say aid workers (Guardian)
» Lebanese in Shock Over Arrest of an Accused Spy (NYT)

By Amanda Zamora |  February 19, 2009; 9:58 AM ET The Daily Read
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