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

POSTED: 10:00 AM ET, 07/14/2009 by Sarah Fitzpatrick

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Secret CIA Program Targeted 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.

Obama's Chief Auto Adviser Resigns Amid Probe New York Times
Steven Rattner is quitting his post as President Obama's chief adviser on the troubled automobile industry at a time when an investigation into his former Wall Street firm's role in a scandal involving public pension funds has intensified.

Metro Crash Prompts Safety Warning Washington Post
The federal safety board investigating last month's deadly Metro accident said yesterday that the electrical system designed to prevent crashes is inadequate and urged the transit agency to add a real-time, continuous backup system to alert train operators to potential problems.

House Panel Routinely Destroyed Earmark Requests Roll Call($)
The House ethics committee has announced that it is investigating the links between earmarks and campaign contributions, but if investigators are looking at any activity prior to 2007, they could run into a problem: The documents underlying those earmarks may have been destroyed.

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By Sarah Fitzpatrick |  July 14, 2009; 10:00 AM ET The Daily Read
Previous: Cheney Linked to Concealment of CIA Program; WH to Revisit Bush Anti-Terror Policies; Problem Nurses Stay on the Job in Calif. | Next: Committee Asks for CIA Program Records; Florida Project Under Investigation Is Linked to Murtha; Quadrangle Probe Intensifies in New York

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