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Senators and prosecutors

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Just as media reports came out that the Justice Department was preparing to charge former Democratic Senator John Edwards over allegations he illegally spent campaign contributions to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter, our special report on John Ensign by Murray Waas reveals that the Republican senator is also facing renewed scrutiny by federal prosecutors.

The report raises serious questions as to why the Justice Department closed its file on Ensign last December without first obtaining crucial emails later seen by the Senate. Attorneys close to the case say they could be presented as evidence of campaign finance law violations and obstruction of justice.

As with Edwards, it appears to have been the effort to cover up an extramarital affair rather than the affair itself that got Ensign in hot water.

Read more here in a PDF of the report.

The Britain Obama won’t see

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Security tops the agenda as Barack Obama visits Britain, with a tighter relationship on the cards between the United States and the UK:

“Ours is not just a special relationship, it is an essential relationship – for us and for the world,” Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Will the real DSK please stand up

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As Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned to court today for a bail hearing in the sexual assault case that has captivated world media, the big question remains – who is the real DSK?

Brian Love in Paris and Reuters correspondents from around the world try to get to the bottom of this in the special report “The two faces of DSK.”

Ten years of Jeff Immelt at GE: A look back

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Here’s what Scott Malone has to say about today’s special report: “GE thrives, Wall Street yawns, Immelt charges on.”

The ten years that Jeff Immelt has led General Electric Co go down as some of the most tumultuous the world has seen in half a century.

Tea Party redux

Nick Carey was invited on MSNBC last night to talk about his Tea Party special report. Here’s what he had to say:

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Hell hath no fury like a Tea Party scorned

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Here’s what Nick Carey had to say today about his special report “Stuck between the Tea Party and a hard place.”

By Nick Carey

Not long after the battle over the 2011 fiscal budget in Washington ended in mid-April, I received a few emails from Tea Party groups expressing frustration with the apparent failure by the Republican Party establishment to follow through on promises that they would cut spending in that budget by $100 billion.

A Philadelphia story

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Tyrone Gilliams is a commodities trader who likes to party hardy but is now being sued by an investor for fraud.

In terms of dollars, this case isn’t the biggest–the investor claims Gilliams misappropriated some $4 million and spent it on personal expenses. But the lawsuit reveals that apparent investment schemes continue to proliferate, even after the implosion of Bernard Madoff’s giant Ponzi scheme.

Bin Laden “wanted to be a martyr.” U.S. obliged.

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Today’s special report ”The bin Laden kill plan” is based on interviews with two dozen current and former senior intelligence, White House and State Department officials. It explores the policies and actions of the United States in its 13-year hunt for Osama bin Laden. 

Richard Armitage, who was deputy secretary of state in Bush’s first term, voiced the view that prevailed through two presidencies. “I think we took Osama bin Laden at his word, that he wanted to be a martyr,” Armitage told Reuters.  

Why a Greek default wouldn’t be news

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“From 1800 until well after World War Two, Greece found itself virtually in continual default,” write Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff in “This Time Is Different” — it’s a point Nouriel Roubini underlines in our latest look at Europe’s mess, from Noah Barkin.

In other words, for Greece over the long term, default is more steady-state than news.

With Chinese small caps, it’s buyer beware

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Today’s special report “Chinese stock scams are the latest U.S. import” shows again that when it comes to a bargain, it’s buyer beware. In this case, when a small-cap Chinese stock seems to promise outlandish growth, it might be worth finding out more before you buy.

Some of the questionable companies made their way onto U.S. exchanges via reverse mergers — a private company buys enough shares of a public firm to essentially become publicly traded.