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Pegging Pentagon Earmarks, Panel Questions Overseas Lending, Warnings Ignored in Va. Murder Case

POSTED: 09:49 AM ET, 03/ 9/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Pegging Pentagon Earmarks » As President Obama pushes for defense procurement reform, it is becoming clear that he is picking a fight with some members of his own party: Democrats secured an estimated $524 million in defense earmarks that the Pentagon did not request into the 2008 appropriations bill, about $220 million more than Republicans did, according to an independent estimate. — Washington Post

Panel Questions Overseas Lending » Congressional investigators are criticizing the Obama administration for failing to police deals in which banks participating in the $700 billion federal bailout lent billions of dollars overseas, highlighting the growing political tension over the extent of government involvement in firms receiving taxpayer funds. — Washington Post

'Her Cries Fell on Deaf Ears' » Prince William County, Va., officials received numerous reports from people who saw firsthand that 13-year-old Alexis "Lexie" Agyepong-Glover was being abused and neglected by her adoptive mother in the two years before the woman allegedly killed her. — Washington Post

A 'One-Size-Fits-All' Disability Program » If a Montgomery County, Md., police officer can show that his bad knee limits his ability to chase a suspect through the woods or that his injured trigger finger can no longer fire a gun, he gets the same tax-free benefits as an officer paralyzed from a gunshot. — Washington Post

The Notorious Mr. Yoo » The notoriety that follows John C. Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer credited with writing secret legal opinions expanding executive powers under President Bush, raises difficult questions: What is a government lawyer’s responsibility if legal advice he gives turns out to be grievously flawed? Can he be blamed for damaging, and arguably illegal, acts carried out with his imprimatur? — New York Times

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» Nonprofits Wield Some Serious Campaign Cash (CQ)
» Activists Target 'Golden Coffin' Death Benefits (WSJ)
» Detainee Alleges British Complicity in Torture (WaPo)
» Seeking Justice, Chinese Land in Secret Jails (NYT)

By Amanda Zamora |  March 9, 2009; 9:49 AM ET The Daily Read
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