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House to Vote on Ethics Probe, Nursing Home Information Stymied, Burris Back to Washington

POSTED: 10:02 AM ET, 02/24/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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House to Vote on Earmark Ethics Probe » As lawmakers prepare to consider a $410 billion spending bill carrying pet projects for clients of The PMA Group, a lobbying firm under FBI investigation, the House will vote as early as Tuesday on whether to start an ethics investigation into the relationship between earmarks and campaign contributions. — CQ Politics

Bush Rule Impedes Nursing Home Cases » The Bush administration shut off a source of information last fall about abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities that people suing nursing homes consider crucial to their cases. The change, which affects the $144 billion nursing-home industry, was enacted with no public notice or attention. — Washington Post

Burris Is Back to Washington » Illinois Sen. Roland Burris, under fire over accusations that he lied about circumstances surrounding his appointment, plans to return to Washington where he'll meet his Senate colleagues for the first time since the latest furor erupted. Burris has resisted calls for his resignation, including from within his own party. — Associated Press

Levees in 16 States Fail Inspection » More than 100 levees in 16 states flunked maintenance inspections in the last two years and are so neglected that they could fail to stem a major flood, records from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show. The corps' levee inspections were revamped under a public safety initiative started after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. — USA Today

'A Horrific Human Tragedy' » The first extensive report into Britain's tainted blood scandal stopped short Monday of blaming individual doctors or companies for what is widely viewed as the National Health Service's worst treatment disaster. The scandal, dubbed a "horrific human tragedy," led to the deaths of around 2,000 hemophiliacs since the 1970s. — Associated Press, The Guardian

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» Federal Judge Agrees to Plea Deal in Sexual Abuse Case (NYT)
» Records Reveal Madoff Complaints in 2003-06 (USA Today)
» Political Groups Asked to Return Stanford Donations (AP)
» Is Obama CCing Bush Over Missing E-mails? (Mother Jones)
» UBS to fight U.S. bid for client names in court (Reuters)
» Court Rejects Appeal by Former Chicago Mayoral Aides (Chicago Tribune)
» Infringement Case Against McCain Advances (Wired)
» Freed Detainee Tells of 'Medieval' Methods by U.S. (WaPo)

By Amanda Zamora |  February 24, 2009; 10:02 AM ET The Daily Read
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