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Gauging Swine Flu Response; Five Charged in Mortgage Fraud Scheme; Report: AIG Probe Narrows

POSTED: 09:49 AM ET, 04/28/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Gauging Swine Flu Response » As the White House works to confront the growing threat of swine flu to U.S. citizens, dozens of key public health and emergency response jobs in the administration remain vacant. Meanwhile, Mexico is facing criticism for its slow and confused response to the gathering epidemic, as families of victims await medicine two weeks after the country confirmed its first death from the virus. — Washington Post

Five Charged in Mortgage Fraud Scheme » It was a mortgage fraud and a Ponzi scheme, and it was, prosecutors say, a moneymaker. In just a couple of years, the Dream Homes Program stole at least $70 million from more than 1,000 people, many of them in Prince George's County, Md., by promising to pay off their mortgages in exchange for investments of at least $50,000, according to prosecutors. — Washington Post

Report: AIG Probe Narrows » More details are emerging about the government's probe into American International Group Inc.'s derivative contracts, with criminal authorities focusing on at least three men, two of whom are still at the company, according to people familiar with the matter. — Wall Street Journal ($)

Bankers Shut Campaign Cash Flow » Since the financial industry bailouts began, Wall Street and Washington have never looked closer. But as the recession deepens and banks grow to resent the stigma associated with taxpayer aid, an unexpected chill is occurring: Bank employees are slamming their checkbooks shut. — Washington Independent

Liberals Push Bybee Impeachment » Liberal activists are pressing for the impeachment of federal Judge Jay Bybee over the Bush administration's "torture memos" in part because there is virtually nothing that President Barack Obama, congressional Republicans or conservative Senate Democrats can do to stop the process from getting under way. — Politico

After the jump...

» White House Apologizes for NY Flyover Scare (WaPo)
» How '07 ABC Interview Tilted a Torture Debate (NYT)
» SEC sues Irvine financier Danny Pang (LAT)
» IRS to Press 'John Doe' Tactic in UBS Showdown (WSJ/$)
» Illinois Panel to Unveil Anti-Corruption Agenda (ChiTrib)
» Salazar Seeks to Vacate Bush-Era Mining Rule (WaPo)
» Google seeks more time in Book Search case (CNet)
» Trial Begins in Rape of Iraqi Girl, Slaying of Her Family (AP)

By Amanda Zamora |  April 28, 2009; 9:49 AM ET The Daily Read
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