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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

POSTED: 10:09 AM ET, 07/23/2009 by Sarah Fitzpatrick

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U.S. Declines U.N. Requests for Guantanamo Visits 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.

Murtha, 12 Colleagues Back a Murky $160 Million Request Washington Post
Tucked into the voluminous congressional plan for U.S. military spending next year is $160 million earmark to help Mexico's police buy U.S.-made radios. Thelanguage in the bill discloses neither the specific purpose of the radio project nor the dozen lawmakers who asked Chairman John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) to include it.

S.E.C. Seeks to Curb 'Pay to Play' for Pension Money New York Times
The S.E.C. action addresses a practice often seen in local government that regulators say can result in investment firms winning lucrative contracts to manage millions of dollars in public employee pension plans or other government business based on their political clout, not merit.

White House Discloses Health-Care Execs' Visits Politico
Minutes before a press conference where President Barack Obama could have been asked about the issue, the White House released a list of visits by health care executives.

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By Sarah Fitzpatrick |  July 23, 2009; 10:09 AM ET The Daily Read
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