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Telecoms Win Dismissal of Wiretap Suits; Google Executive's Ties to White House Questioned; Faulted Firm Gets Afghan Aid Work

POSTED: 10:56 AM ET, 06/ 4/2009 by Sarah Fitzpatrick

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Telecoms Win Dismissal of Wiretap Suits » A federal judge threw out more than three dozen lawsuits claiming that the nation's major telecommunications companies had illegally assisted in the wiretapping without warrants program approved by President George W. Bush after the 2001 terrorist attacks. — New York Times

Google Growing Influence in D.C. Questioned » Amid growing concerns about Google's increasing influence on White House policy, two consumer groups are publicly opposing the appointment of the tech gian's former head lobbyist, Andrew McLaughlin, as the nation's deputy technology officer. — Washington Post

Faulted Firm Gets Afghan Aid Work » Last month, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded a $150 million cooperative agreement to a partnership led by DAI, a Maryland company whose past Afghanistan contracts have been criticized by USAID's inspector general. — USA Today

House to Put Office Spending Online » House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that the House will soon start posting online quarterly records of how members use their personal office funds, giving watchdog groups a chance to examine staff salaries and other spending by members of Congress. — Washington Post

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By Sarah Fitzpatrick |  June 4, 2009; 10:56 AM ET The Daily Read
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