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Diagnosing the New Health Czar’s Industry Ties

Quick Picks focuses on a select few of the day's stories from "Breaking on the Web."

  • Nancy-Ann DeParle, Obama’s newly named health care czar, currently sits on the boards of at least three health care companies. She will have to resign, of course, but it seems something of a violation of the Obama rule barring his underlings from working on issues affecting their former employers for two years. An unnamed administration source said she will recuse herself from dealing with issues that affect the companies, but that could be difficult, given that one, Cerner, is a leading maker of electronic health records.
  • The Washington Post gives the rundown on yesterday’s release of Bush-era Justice Department legal memos, which revealed that the administration was forced to rescind at least ten legal memos on counterterrorism after the Justice Department found them flawed, far more than the two admitted to publicly. The memos are a fraction of the total number of highly sensitive memos that went missing during the Bush era, which ProPublica has been tracking. At least 35 remain unreleased.

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