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Obama Curtails 'Preemption' Policy;Mortgage Lending Oversight Faulted; Citizen Spies Target North Korea

POSTED: 10:38 AM ET, 05/22/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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Obama Curtails 'Preemption' Policy » President Obama continued to reverse his predecessor's policies this week by undoing a controversial Bush administration rule known as "preemption" that used federal regulations to override state laws on the environment, health, public safety and other issues. — Washington Post

Mortgage Lending Oversight Faulted » The board in charge of sanctioning mortgage lenders who violate Federal Housing Administration policies is ineffective and slow at a time when the volume of loans backed by the agency is exploding, according to an inspector general's report scheduled for release today. — Washington Post

Citizen Spies Lift North Korea's Veil » Seeking clues in photos, news reports and eyewitness accounts, a band of "citizen snoops" has spent the past two years filling in the blanks of one of the world's most secretive countries, documenting rocket-launch sites, prison camps and elite palaces on white-sand beaches. — Wall Street Journal ($)

Oil Firms Brace for Trial on Rights Abuses » The upcoming trial against Royal Dutch Shell, accused of promoting human rights abuses in Nigeria, is the latest in a series of cases aimed at some of the world's biggest oil companies, asserting misdeeds in developing countries where they were once seen as unassailable. — New York Times

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» Failed BankUnited Misled, Treasury Says (WaPo)
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» Republican Call for Inquiry on Pelosi Claim Is Rejected (NYT)
» Obama Administration Debuts Data.Gov (WaPo)
» FAA Probes Trainer of Commuter Pilots (WSJ/$)
» Allred letter overstepped ethics laws in 1981 (N&O)
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» Video Shows Guards Stood By as Mexican Inmates Escaped (AP)
» More MPs in U.K. Hit by Scandal (AP)

By Amanda Zamora |  May 22, 2009; 10:38 AM ET The Daily Read
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