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Burris Tape: 'Keep Me in Mind'; Report: Interior Botches Officials' Passports; G.M. as 'Government Motors'

POSTED: 10:13 AM ET, 05/27/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Burris Tape: 'Keep Me in Mind' » According to a newly-released audiotape, Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) promised to make a campaign contribution to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) at the same time he was pressing the governor for a Senate appointment. The FBI recording contradicts a Jan. 5 Burris affidavit in which he swore he hadn't discussed the Senate seat with Blagojevich. — Washington Post

Interior Botches Officials' Passports, Report Finds » The Interior Department's inspector general has found widespread mishandling and erratic tracking of special passports issued to department officials traveling overseas, alleging that in numerous instances employees violated federal privacy laws by improperly securing passports and passport application forms. — Washington Post

G.M. as 'Government Motors' » The prospect of a G.M. effectively owned by the government raises a number of thorny questions. Countless policy decisions -- on matters such as fuel economy standards, tax incentives to replace aging cars and green technology initiatives -- will present conflicting interests. — New York Times

Madoff Feeder Fund Pays a Price » Banco Santander SA, one of the largest conduits of investor money to Bernard Madoff, agreed Tuesday to pay $235 million to settle potential legal claims by the trustee of the defunct Madoff firm. If approved by the bankruptcy court overseeing the Madoff firm's liquidation, the bank's agreement would would mark the first time a so-called feeder fund has agreed to make payments to the trustee. — Wall Street Journal ($)

Antitrust Laws Pose Healthcare Hurdle » Antitrust lawyers say doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and drug makers will be running huge legal risks if they get together and agree on a strategy to hold down prices and reduce the growth of health spending. — New York Times

After the jump...

» Holder pressed for answers on Murtha project (TheHill)
» Showdown Looms in NSA Wiretap Case (Wired)
» OSHA Cites Wal-Mart In 2008 Crowd Death Of Worker (AP)
» Ruling Allows Police Questioning Without Lawyers (WaPo)
» Former NYPD Commish Kerik Indicted (WCBS-TV)
» Prosecutors win ruling in Jefferson bribery case (
» A&M Business Prof., Lawyer Accused of Fraud (Star-Telegram)
» 2 plead guilty in Miami Beach weapons contracting case (AP)
» Spy Fired Shot That Changed West Germany (NYT)

By Amanda Zamora |  May 27, 2009; 10:13 AM ET The Daily Read
Previous: 'State Secrets' Showdown Looms; Intrigue, Discord at Parole Commission; Crackdown on Corporate Bribes | Next: Burris: 'No Pay-to-Play'; Obama Orders Secrecy Review; Military Gift-Tracking Faulted


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