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Murtha's Earmarks Keep Airport Aloft; Memos Reveal Extent of Waterboarding; Report: Harman Heard on NSA Tap

POSTED: 09:29 AM ET, 04/20/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Murtha's Earmarks Keep Airport Aloft » The newly-renamed John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, which sees few travelers on a given weekday, is a testament to Rep. John P. Murtha's ability to tap streams of federal money for pricey, state-of-the-art projects that are rare among regional airports of comparable size. — Washington Post

Memos Reveal Extent of Waterboarding » CIA interrogators used waterboarding, the near-drowning technique that top Obama administration officials have described as illegal torture, 266 times on two key prisoners from Al Qaeda, far more than had been previously reported. Meanwhile, the White House has rejected efforts to prosecute Bush administration lawyers who drafted legal memos authorizing such harsh interrogation tactics. — New York Times, Washington Post

Report: Harman Heard on NSA Tap » Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage-related charges against two AIPAC officials, according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript. — CQ Politics

The DeOnté Rawlings Investigation » Nineteen months ago, DeOnté Rawlings, a teen suspected of stealing a minibike, was killed in an exchange of gunfire. The off-duty D.C. police officers involved were investigated and cleared. But do the reports add up? — Washington Post

After the jump...

» Debt Settlers Offer Promises but Little Help (NYT)
» Bank Lending Keeps Dropping (WSJ / $)
» U.S. Border Screening Under Fire (WaPo)
» FBI and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases (NYT)
» FDA wants states to grade their own inspectors (AJC)
» Crist's ex-aide won't face ethics investigation (OrlandoSentinel)
» 3 Linked to Lobby Firm See Donations Drop (WaPo)
» Injured war zone contractors fight to get care (LAT/ABC)

By Amanda Zamora |  April 20, 2009; 9:29 AM ET The Daily Read
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