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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

POSTED: 11:10 AM ET, 07/22/2009 by Sarah Fitzpatrick

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Palin Legal Donations May Have Violated Ethics Law Washington Post
An independent investigator has determined that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) may have violated state ethics laws by soliciting and accepting private donations to pay $500,000 in legal debts.

Lawmakers Rebuke Treasury Dept. For Lack of Transparency Washington Post
The Treasury Department was criticized Tuesday by lawmakers who claim the agency has failed to live up to its promises of transparency in handling the federal rescue of the financial system.

White House Declines to Disclose Visits by Health Industry Executives Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration has turned down a request from a watchdog group for a list of health industry executives who have visited the White House to discuss the massive healthcare overhaul.

Report: Immigration Agents Broke Laws in Home Raids New York Times
Armed federal immigration agents have illegally pushed and shoved their way into homes in New York and New Jersey in hundreds of predawn raids that violated their own agency rules as well as the Constitution, according to a study to be released on Wednesday by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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By Sarah Fitzpatrick |  July 22, 2009; 11:10 AM ET The Daily Read
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