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Report Details Interrogation Plans; U.S. May Drop Espionage Charges; Quadrangle Caught in Pension Probe

POSTED: 09:58 AM ET, 04/22/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Report Details Interrogation Plans » Intelligence and military officials under the Bush administration began preparing to conduct harsh interrogations long before they were granted legal approval to use such methods, according to a Senate Armed Services Committee report to be released today. Meanwhile, President Obama yesterday raised the possibility of legal consequences for those who authorized harsh interrogation tactics used by the CIA, also suggesting that an independent commission may be be better suited than Congress to conduct an investigation into the matter. — Washington Post

U.S. May Drop Espionage Charges » The U.S. government may abandon espionage-law charges against two former AIPAC lobbyists, officials said yesterday, as Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) denied new allegations that she offered to use her influence in their behalf. — Washington Post

Quadrangle Caught in Pension Probe » Two months after Steven Rattner left Wall Street for Washington, his private investment company, the Quadrangle Group, is facing a widening investigation into corruption in public pension funds. — New York Times

Before There Was Madoff » Two months before Bernard L. Madoff was charged with a $50-billion Ponzi scheme, authorities accused Minneapolis appliance wholesaler Tom Petters of running a multibillion-dollar fraud of his own. Petters' alleged ruse? Gulling his victims with nonexistent DVD players and flat-screen TVs. — Wall Street Journal ($)

After the jump...

» Hilton subpoenaed over Starwood spying claims (Reuters)
» Bailout Firms Find Money to Fund Lobbying (WaPo)
» Door still revolving between Capitol, lobbyists (USAT)
» IGs Seek More Resources to Oversee Contracting (WaPo)
» Bus Safety Rules Are Long Overdue, Board Says (WaPo)
» Review of Former Alabama Governor's Conviction Sought (NYT)
» Blagojevich gets reality check on TV deal (ChiTrib)
» Probe clears Seattle fire chief in whistleblower case (Seattle Times)
» Ariz. college district accused of fraud (AZCentral)
» Report Details Broad Scope of Fraud at Satyam (NYT)

By Amanda Zamora |  April 22, 2009; 9:58 AM ET
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