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Blagojevich, Brothers Indicted; Geithner Fell Short at NY Fed; New Rule May Revalue Toxic Assets

POSTED: 10:31 AM ET, 04/ 3/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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We can only hope the former governor will not view this indictment as a green light for another publicity tour. Rod Blagojevich deserves his day in court, but the people of Illinois deserve a break."
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), reacting to Blagojevich indictment

Blagojevich, Brothers Indicted » Federal prosecutors expanded their case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday in an indictment that drew more of his closest aides into the scandal and adds new schemes to the list of charges against him: Pocketing money funneled through his wife through a phony real estate job. Shaking down a powerful congressman. Running the state as a racket. Reaction to the indictment — Chicago Tribune

Geithner Fell Short at NY Fed » Before Timothy Geithner became Treasury chief, he regulated major U.S. banks. Now he says: "We're having a major financial crisis in part because of failures of supervision." Although Geithner repeatedly raised concerns about the failure of banks to understand their risks, including those taken through derivatives, he and the Federal Reserve system did not act with enough force to blunt the troubles that ensued. — Washington Post, ProPublica

New Rule May Revalue Toxic Assets » The board that sets U.S. accounting rules voted yesterday to let financial firms report higher values for some troubled assets, a controversial step likely to increase some banks' reported earnings but also heighten suspicions that the companies are concealing problems. — Washington Post

A Death Overlooked, Nearly Forgotten » The difficulty of confirming the very existence of a detainee who died in Sept 9, 2005, in a New Jersey jail shows how death can fall between the cracks in immigration detention, and underscores the secrecy and lack of legal accountability that continue to shield the system from independent oversight. — New York Times

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By Amanda Zamora |  April 3, 2009; 10:31 AM ET The Daily Read
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