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Murtha's Nephew Defends Contracts; Obama Targets Tax Evaders; DOJ on Defensive in Renzi Case

POSTED: 10:23 AM ET, 05/ 5/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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I do not anticipate that another Charles Ponzi will ever appear in the financial world."
— Boston publicist William H. McMasters, Lost Manuscript Details Original Ponzi (NYT)

Murtha's Nephew Got Defense Contracts » The most striking feature about the quiet Glen Burnie, Md., headquarters of Murtech Inc. is its owner -- Robert C. Murtha Jr., nephew of Rep. John P. Murtha. Last year, Murtech received $4 million in Pentagon work, all of it without competition, for a variety of warehousing and engineering services. — Washington Post

Obama Targets Tax Evaders » President Obama yesterday announced a major offensive against businesses and wealthy individuals who avoid U.S. taxes by parking cash overseas, a battle he said would be fought with new tax laws, new reporting requirements and an army of 800 new IRS agents. — Washington Post

DOJ on Defensive in Renzi Case » After privately listening to several wiretapped phone calls between former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) and his lawyers, the judge considering the pre-trial motions in the case on Friday determined there was enough evidence to call a special hearing to decide whether government prosecutors and the FBI abused their power in recording the conversations. — The Hill

KBR Connected to Alleged Fraud » KBR, the Army's largest contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, is linked to "the vast majority" of suspected combat-zone fraud cases that have been referred to investigators, according to the Pentagon's top auditor. — Washington Post

After the jump...

» Group Seeks Public Access to Congressional Research (NYT)
» Stimulus memo has lobbyists on edge (Politico)
» Congress Poised to Launch Commission on Financial Crisis (HuffPost)
» Obama FEC Choice Draws Mixed Reviews (WaPo)
» Budget Targets Fraud, Errors in Social Programs (WSJ/$)
» A Closer Look at DOJ's Dropped Espionage Charges (WaPo)
» Democrats Seek More Interrogation Documents (WaPo)
» FDA moves against swine flu fraud (AP)
» Board Ties at Apple and Google Are Scrutinized (NYT)
» ACORN charged over fake voter registration cards (AP)
» Justices Limit Use of ID Theft Law Against Immigrants (NYT)
» Life is a trial for Chinese lawyer (LAT)

By Amanda Zamora |  May 5, 2009; 10:23 AM ET The Daily Read
Previous: Mentally Ill and in Immigration Limbo; Firms Face New Tax Curbs; Edwards Admits Inquiry | Next: Bush Officials Seek to Sway Probe; Pentagon IG Withdraws Report; SEC Sues First Fund to 'Break the Buck'


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murtha is not doing anything wrong. because half the congress is doing the same thing, so how can that be wrong. giving someone in there family a unfair advantage skirting the policy's of a fair bid on contracts and its easier to hide kickbacks if you keep it in the family but again he is just one of hundreds in congress that does it so it cant be wrong

Posted by: getsix1 | May 5, 2009 12:57 PM

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