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Archive: July 2009

Senate Probes Banks for Meltdown Fraud; Earmarks of Committee Members Probing Murtha Questioned; Immigration Detention Centers Failed to Meet Standards

Senate Probes Banks for Meltdown Fraud Wall Street Journal
A Senate panel has subpoenaed financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG, seeking evidence of fraud in last year's mortgage-market meltdown, according to people familiar with the situation.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 30, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ex-Countrywide Executive Testifies on Senators' Mortgages; U.S. Citizens Wrongly Detained, Deported by ICE; Sharp Rise in Violent Crimes Cited Among Returning Veterans in Colo. Unit

Ex-Countrywide Executive Testifies on Senators' Mortgages Washington Post
The Senate ethics committee has interviewed a former Countrywide Financial executive who testified under oath that Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) were aware that they were accessing a special program to give below-market-rate mortgages to the powerful and famous when he arranged their loans.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 28, 2009; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Iraqi Jobs Program Suspended Amid Scrutiny; Secrets of CIA 'Ghost Flights' to be Revealed; Infectious Diseases Study Site Questioned

Iraqi Jobs Program Suspended Amid Scrutiny USA Today
The top U.S. aid agency has suspended a $644 million Iraq jobs program after two outside reviews raised concerns about misspending, including an inspector general's audit that found evidence of phantom jobs and money siphoned to insurgents

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 27, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

U.S. Declines U.N. Requests for Guantanamo Visits; Murtha, 12 Colleagues Back a Murky $160 Million Request; S.E.C. Seeks to Curb 'Pay to Play' for Pension Money

U.S. Declines U.N. Requests for Guantanamo Visits, Data on CIA Prisons Washington Post
The Obama administration has declined requests from U.N. human rights investigators for information on secret prisons and for private interviews with inmates at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.N. officials said, dampening their hopes of greater U.S. cooperation on human rights issues.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 23, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Palin Legal Donations May Have Violated Ethics Law; Lawmakers Rebuke Treasury Dept. For Lack of Transparency; White House Declines to Disclose Visits by Health Industry Executives

Today's Daily Read powered by Publish2. See what else we're reading by subscribing to our GoogleReader feed, or following us on Twitter. Palin Legal Donations May Have Violated Ethics Law Washington PostAn independent investigator has determined that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) may have violated state ethics laws by soliciting...

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 22, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

CIA Committed Fraud, Judge Writes in Ruling; U.S. Criticized on TARP Spending Transparency; Industry Cash Flowed to Drafters of Reform

CIA Committed Fraud, Judge Writes in Ruling Washington Post
A federal judge has ruled that government officials committed fraud while defending a lawsuit brought by a former DEA agent who accused a CIA operative of illegally bugging his home.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 21, 2009; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bailout Overseer Says Banks Misused TARP Funds; U.S. Expected to Miss Deadline on Detainee Policy; New Orleans Wants Ex-Residents Counted

Bailout Overseer Says Banks Misused TARP Funds Washington Post
Many of the banks that got federal aid to support increased lending have instead used some of the money to make investments, repay debts or buy other banks, according to a new report from the special inspector general overseeing the government's financial rescue program.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 20, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Committee Asks for CIA Program Records; Florida Project Under Investigation Is Linked to Murtha; Quadrangle Probe Intensifies in New York

Committee Asks for CIA Program Records AP
The House Intelligence Committee has asked the CIA to provide documents about a now-canceled program to kill al-Qaeda leaders, congressional officials said.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 15, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

CIA Program Targeted Al-Qaeda Leaders; Chief Auto Adviser Resigns Amid Probe; Metro Crash Prompts Safety Warning

CIA Had Program to Kill Al-Qaeda Leaders Washington Post
The CIA ran a secret program for nearly eight years that aspired to kill top al-Qaeda leaders with specially trained assassins, but the agency declined to tell Congress because the initiative never came close to bringing Osama bin Laden and his deputies into U.S. cross hairs.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 14, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cheney Linked to Concealment of CIA Program; WH to Revisit Bush Anti-Terror Policies; Problem Nurses Stay on the Job in Calif.

Feinstein Says CIA May Have Been Broken Law New York Times
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that the Bush administration may have broken the law if the Central Intelligence Agency concealed a covert spy program from Congress.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 13, 2009; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (10)

Mexico Accused of Torture; CIA Accused of Misleading Intel Panel; 'Double Failure' at American Hospitals

Mexico Accused of Torture in Drug War Washington Post
The Mexican army has carried out forced disappearances, acts of torture and illegal raids in pursuit of drug traffickers, according to documents and interviews with victims, their families, political leaders and human rights monitors.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 9, 2009; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bribery Plea for Firm With Murtha Ties; Indefinite Detentions Are Backed; Report Questions States on Stimulus Spending

Bribery Plea in Probe of Firm With Murtha Ties Washington Post
A former executive of a Pennsylvania defense firm with close ties to Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) has agreed to plead guilty to taking bribes from a partner defense company and is cooperating in a federal investigation of Pentagon contracting, records show.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 8, 2009; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Key Senator Backs Telecom Probe; Fla. Regulators Aided Allen Stanford; Former Gitmo Inmate Says Photos Show Abuse

Former Inmate Says Photos Show Abuse at Gitmo New York Times
In an affidavit filed in June with United States District Court, a former Guantanamo inmate, Binyam Mohamed, said that video and still cameras had documented his abuse, and that he had seen some of the images, which he said were in the possession of his lawyers.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 7, 2009; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Familiar Players in Health Bill Lobbying; Report Faults Contractor Bonuses; FBI: Palin Not Under Investigation

Familiar Players in Health Bill Lobbying Washington Post
The nation's largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosures and other records

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 6, 2009; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Congress's Travel Tab Swells; Group Says Government Used False Confessions;Staffer at SEC Had Warned of Madoff

Congress's Travel Tab Swells Wall Street Journal($)
The spending on overseas travel is up almost tenfold since 1995, and has nearly tripled since 2001, according to the Journal analysis of 60,000 travel records. Hundreds of lawmakers traveled overseas in 2008 at a cost of about $13 million. That's a 50% jump since Democrats took control of Congress two years ago.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 2, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

CIA Report on Interrogation Expected Today; After Call From Senator's Office, Small Hawaii Bank Got U.S. Aid; Social Security Audit Finds Dead People Getting Checks

CIA Report on Interrogation Expected Today Washington Post
The Justice Department is expected to release an internal CIA report on the agency's secret detention and interrogation program during the Bush administration.

By Sarah Fitzpatrick | July 1, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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