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According to an internal e-mail obtained by the AP, the chief of staff of the EPA's enforcement wing has issued a gag order, telling staffers in June exactly what to do should a reporter, the inspector general or the Government Accountability Office call: "Please do not respond to questions or make any statements."

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From the L Times: "In what appears to be the latest symptom of the nation's mortgage meltdown and credit crisis, insurers, law enforcement officials and state agencies nationwide report a jump in home and automobile fires in the last year believed to have been set by owners unable to pay their debts".

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While the rest of us have been struggling to survive air travel without our precious liquids and gels, federal investigators managed to sneak liquid explosives and detonators through airport security, according to a Government Accountability Office report issued Wednesday.

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Investigators eavesdropping on Americans in overseas calls have dismissed nearly all of them as suspects, according to the Washington Post. This is huge, because "a search cannot be judged 'reasonable' if it is based on evidence that experience shows to be unreliable."
Meanwhile, feisty Russ Feingold, a Democratic senator, takes the attorney general to the cleaners for lying to him a year ago about Bush's surveillance activities. Gonzales shoots back, "I was telling the truth then. I'm telling the truth now." | story

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