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Leon Panetta’s ‘Worthy Fights’

NY Times Books - October 21, 2014 - 12:02pm
Leslie H. Gelb reviews Leon Panetta’s memoir, which recounts a career in public service, including stints as White House chief of staff, director of the C.I.A. and defense secretary.






North Korea Frees American Prisoner

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 21, 2014 - 12:00pm
An American tourist held in North Korea since the spring has been released, U.S. officials said.

New York Fed Faulted in 'London Whale' Case

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 21, 2014 - 9:31am
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York failed to examine J.P. Morgan’s investment unit ahead of the bank’s 2012 “London Whale” trading debacle, according to a new report.

Three U.S. Agencies Approve Relaxed Mortgage-Lending Rules

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 21, 2014 - 9:11am
Three federal agencies approved long-delayed U.S. mortgage market standards Tuesday, completing a less onerous rule than regulators originally proposed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Gridlock Could Prove Costly at Polls

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 21, 2014 - 8:35am
Capital Journal: This could be the year in which voters actually punish politicians who get in the way of compromise, Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib writes.

Books of The Times: 4 Decades of Inhaling Deeply: A History of ‘High Times’

NY Times Books - October 21, 2014 - 7:36am
At a time when marijuana laws are loosening in the United States, High Times magazine is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a hefty book.






Fed to Banks: Shape Up or Risk Breakup

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 21, 2014 - 7:24am
Federal Reserve officials told bank executives they must do more to curb excessive risk-taking and improve behavior at their firms or face stiff repercussions, including being broken into smaller pieces.

SEC Is Steering More Trials to Judges It Appoints

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 21, 2014 - 6:41am
The Securities and Exchange Commission is increasingly steering cases to hearings in front of the agency’s appointed administrative judges, who found in its favor in every verdict for the 12 months through September, rather than taking them to federal court.

Ebola's Stigma Adds to Liberians' Burden

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 21, 2014 - 3:43am
A stigma of being from West Africa has become a new burden for Liberians in the U.S., who also are mourning loved ones and sending money to relatives who can’t work because of Ebola.

Supreme Court Will Consider Police Searches of Hotel Registries

New York Times - California News - October 20, 2014 - 9:00pm
A group of motel owners challenged a Los Angeles law that allows the police to inspect hotel and motel guest registries without permission from a judge.

Ali Mazrui, Scholar of Africa Who Divided U.S. Audiences, Dies at 81

NY Times Books - October 20, 2014 - 8:44pm
Professor Mazrui, who had taught since 1989 at Binghamton University, set off national criticism with his 1986 television documentary, “The Africans: A Triple Heritage.”






Supreme Court to Review Privacy Rights at Hotels

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 20, 2014 - 8:39pm
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a Los Angeles ordinance authorizing police to examine hotel registers without a warrant, the latest conflict between privacy rights and law enforcement.

Gun-Sale Measures Compete for a State's Voters

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 20, 2014 - 8:33pm
Residents of Washington state face competing measures on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.

Government Watchdog Recommends Review of Firm Facing Fraud Allegations

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 20, 2014 - 7:41pm
The Government Accountability Office recommended the Department of Homeland Security consider stripping a $210 million contract from a major contractor, delivering a blow to the private company that carries out most background security checks for the U.S. government.

Books of The Times: John Berryman Is Reconsidered in 4 New Books

NY Times Books - October 20, 2014 - 7:30pm
Several new books include works of, and details about, the poet John Berryman, who would have been 100 this year.






In Texas, a Toll-Road Backlash Builds

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 20, 2014 - 7:12pm
A political backlash is rising in Texas, one of the states that most aggressively encouraged toll-road construction, as residents realize that many major urban freeways are increasingly no longer free.

DNA Shown to Protect Latinas From Breast Cancer

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 20, 2014 - 5:53pm
A genetic trait protects many women of Latin American descent from breast cancer, researchers said, a finding that may lead to more effective genetic testing for women at risk.

Murder Charge for Suspect Held in Deaths of Seven Women in Indiana

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 20, 2014 - 5:38pm
Prosecutors in Indiana on Monday filed a murder charge against a man who police said led them to the bodies of six women after his arrest in connection with a seventh death over the weekend.

Regulator: Pact With Lenders Could Expand Mortgage Access

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 20, 2014 - 4:58pm
A top federal housing regulator in a speech Monday said Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and lenders had reached an agreement in principle that could expand access to mortgages for many Americans.

Alabama House Speaker Arrested in Ethics Case

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - October 20, 2014 - 4:02pm
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was arrested Monday on felony ethics charges, accused of using his public offices for personal gain.
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