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Obama Admits Mistakes, Humvees Called 'Deathtrap' in '94, Immigrant Raid Targets Shifted

POSTED: 09:30 AM ET, 02/ 4/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Obama: 'I Screwed Up' » On the defensive after tax woes derailed Tom Daschle's nomination for Health and Human Services Secretary, President Obama admits to his mistakes as "part of the era of responsibility." In an interview with NBC News, Obama said, "Ultimately it's important for this administration to send a message that there aren't two sets of rules. You know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes." — Washington Post, Wall Street Journal

Humvees Called 'Deathtrap' in '94 » Army and Marine Corps officials knew nearly a decade before the invasion of Iraq that its workhorse Humvee vehicle, was a "deathtrap" even with armor added to protect it against roadside bombs, according to an inspector general's report. — USA Today

Despite Vow, Target of Immigrant Raids Shifted » The raids on homes around the country were billed as carefully planned hunts for dangerous immigrant fugitives. But as federal immigration officials repeatedly told Congress that raids concentrated on criminals and terrorism suspects, documents show the program targeted easier subjects. — New York Times

Wells Fargo Nixes Vegas Trip » Wells Fargo yesterday canceled a pricey Las Vegas casino junket for employees after a torrent of criticism that it was misusing $25 billion in taxpayer bailout money. Meanwhile, as the Obama administration plan to unveil new limits on executive pay for TARP recipients, Lockheed Martin and Capital One Financial have altered their executive compensation plans amid increasing public fury over large Wall Street bonuses. — Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post

Madoff Witness Tells of Fear for Safety » The man who tried unsuccessfully for almost a decade to spur federal securities regulators to investigate Bernard L. Madoff did not initially disclose his own identity to regulators because he feared for his life, according to testimony he has apparently prepared for a Congressional hearing Wednesday morning. — New York Times

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Performance. How do we know...? Why we can tell if it's kosher or not.... From business, to entertainment, to sports... We just know. When 'Bennie' Johnson was out running EVERYONE by HUGE margins of "victory" in international track and field sprints, ala 'Moron' Jones, we just knew. >We just know why we are continually 'offered' the brain dead "entertainment" channels on TV is because of PAYOLA! From the 'major' networks to mtv, we just know. >In business, we know all of the 'players' have the same basic starting point, via education and connections. It isn't the truth of realising that on average, someone is going to be #1 in any human endevour. WE KNOW BY THE MARGIN OF VICTORY! No cameras' necessary! No photo finish required. THE WINNERS' MARGIN OF VICTORY IS SO IMMENSE, as to be unbelievable suspicious. THAT'S how we know. Performance indeed! >We know because we were all children and we KNOW what the word unfair means. >This era is a first for me. For the first time in my life... I'm starting to listen to Palestian comments more and more.

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