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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

POSTED: 10:38 AM ET, 07/28/2009 by Sarah Fitzpatrick

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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.

U.S. Citizens Wrongly Detained, Deported by ICE San Francisco Chronicle
As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement increased its collaboration with state and local police and prisons under changes to immigration laws and policies in recent years, U.S. citizens have been wrongly detained and deported.

Sharp Rise in Violent Crimes Cited Among Returning Veterans in Colo. Unit Colorado Springs Gazette
Soldiers returning from Iraq after serving with a Fort Carson, Colo., combat brigade have exhibited an exceptionally high rate of criminal behavior in their home towns, carrying out a string of killings and other offenses that the ex-soldiers attribute to lax discipline and episodes of indiscriminate killing during their grueling deployment, according to a six-month investigation by the Colorado Springs Gazette.

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By Sarah Fitzpatrick |  July 28, 2009; 10:38 AM ET The Daily Read
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