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Ethics Panel Embarks on PMA Probe; Tobacco Industry's Senate Ties; Miranda Issues Cloud Gitmo Cases

POSTED: 11:02 AM ET, 06/12/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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House Ethics Panel to Probe PMA Capitol Briefing
The House ethics committee is conducting a preliminary inquiry into the lobbying firm PMA Group's ability to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks for clients while steering millions of dollars in donations to key Democrats.

Tobacco Industry's Senate Ties McClatchy
Among the 17 senators who voted against allowing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco are some of the top recipients of campaign contributions from the tobacco industry, which has donated millions of dollars to lawmakers in the past several campaign cycles.

Miranda Issues Cloud Gitmo Cases Wall Street Journal
A Pentagon decision to not advise Guantanamo Bay prisoners of their rights during questioning that began in 2006 could prove a legal stumbling block in trials.

Abuse Photos Part of Military Spending Agreement New York Times
The photo restriction, viewed by some Democratic House members as an end run around federal freedom of information laws, was dropped in a tentative agreement on $105.9 billion in military spending.

Executives Unruffled by Compensation Plan Washington Post
Corporate executives are breathing a sigh of relief after examining the fine print of the administration's new compensation rules. "Our people kind of thought it was a non-event," said one executive.

Smoke Clears on Shotgun Merger Washington Post
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) asks of Bank of America-Merrill merger: "Who was holding the shotgun?" Details of the controversial deal are emerging to reveal more about the government's role in the financial crisis.

Calif. computer 'raid' targets factory workers LAT
Senate Approves Bill to Allow FDA Regulation of Tobacco WaPo
Departments to Toughen Standards for Mining NYT
Senate panel seeking answers from Burris Chicago Sun-Times
Ethics panel probes alleged Rangel quid pro quo The Hill
Alaska Rep. Young's legal fees at $1.3 million The Hill
Riverstone pays $30 million in pension probe Reuters
AIG Balks at Claims From Jet Ditching in Hudson NYT

By Amanda Zamora |  June 12, 2009; 11:02 AM ET The Daily Read
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