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

POSTED: 11:05 AM ET, 07/30/2009 by Sarah Fitzpatrick

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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.

Earmarks of Committee Members Probing Murtha Questioned Washington Post
Members of the House ethics committee, who are now investigating a pattern of lawmakers steering federal funds to generous defense contractors, are all set to have their pet military projects funded by the same committee whose activities they are probing.

Report: Immigration Detention Centers Failed to Meet Standards Los Angeles Times
The federal government routinely failed to follow its own standards regulating immigration detention centers across the country, denying detainees sufficient recreation time and adequate access to attorneys, legal materials and telephones, according to a new reportLos Angeles Times

Jury Prepares for Jefferson Corruption Case New York Times
A former Louisiana Democrat, Mr. Jefferson is accused of improperly seeking millions of dollars from various African business ventures, as well as seeking to bribe the vice president of Nigeria. In a 2005 raid, the F.B.I. found $90,000 neatly wrapped in aluminum foil in Mr. Jefferson's home freezer.

Tony Blair to be Called to Iraq War Inquiry Daily Telegraph
UK: Clinton Threatened to Cut-Off Intelligence-Sharing If Torture Evidence is Disclosed Salon
Pakistani is Ruled Fit for U.S. Trial in October NYT
Obama Administration Seeks More Time on Detainee Transfer AP
Rep. Pete Sessions' $1.5M Earmark Under Scrutiny Politico
No. 3 at Justice OK'd Reversal in Panther Voter Intimidation Case Washington Times
Emails Show Cozy Ties Between Federal Pension Guarantor And Wall Street Firms He Hired TPM
Judge Considers Release of Some Blagojevich Records ChiTrib
Employee: Military Health System was Unethical in Awarding Contract Nextgov
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Congress Told That File Sharing Leaks Sensitive Federal Data WaPo
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Trustee Sues Ruth Madoff for Nearly 45 Million NYT
Worldwide Market Fuels Illegal Trafficking in Organs NYT
Company Accused of Falsifying Concrete Checks NYT
30 Arrested in U.S. Medicare Fraud Sweep AP

By Sarah Fitzpatrick |  July 30, 2009; 11:05 AM ET The Daily Read
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